In order to preserve the freshness of the food as long as possible, we tend to put everything in the refrigerator. However, certain foods are kept better if they are not put in the refrigerator! Here is a list of 22 foods to never refrigerate.
We all have this bad habit to store every food in the refrigerator, after a trip to the grocery store. Fruits, vegetables, condiments, dairy products, everything goes without sorting. Error! In fact, many foods should not be placed in the refrigerator because the cold can impair the taste and accelerate their deterioration.
Check out these foods to never refrigerate
Refrigerated, tomatoes tend to lose their flavor and become too soft. Leave them in the open, on your kitchen counter.
Just like tomatoes, apples start to lose their taste, if placed in the refrigerator. It would be best to keep them out. But if you prefer them cool, you can put them in the fridge for half an hour.
The coldness of the refrigerator accelerates the conversion of starch, contained in potatoes, into sugar. This helps to alter their taste and texture; they become sweeter, granular and quickly darken when cooked. Instead store them in a paper bag in a cool, dark place.
To put the honey in the refrigerator is a very bad idea. This food does not need to be cool, otherwise, it may crystallize. The ideal would be to put the honey in an airtight container and keep it in a kitchen cabinet.
The cold temperature and humidity of the refrigerator make onions losing their crunchy taste and accelerate aging. In addition, the onion tends to spread its aroma on all foods around. If you do not want to end up with an onion tart flavor, don’t put this food in the refrigerator.
Place the onions in a rather dry place away from sunlight. Note also, that you should not keep onions and potatoes together, as they will rot quickly.
To keep the bread in the refrigerator is a very bad idea. Under the effect of cold, becomes hard and dry.
Put it instead in a dry place at room temperature for longer storage.
Generally, berries don’t stay fresh for a long time. It is therefore best to leave them in the open air and consume as soon as possible.
Melons like watermelon, store better in the open air. They keep their texture and original flavor. However, if cut, place them in the refrigerator.
If the restaurants keep their ketchup bottles on the tables, why do you put them in the fridge? Indeed, ketchup does not need cold temperature because it contains large amounts of vinegar.
The nuts are best stored in a cool place away from light. They may also be frozen.
Keep bananas in the open air, it will not make them mature faster. They are preserved very well in this way. Contrary, if you put them in the refrigerator, they will blacken.
Whether red, green or yellow, it is advisable to keep the peppers in a dry, cool place, especially if you plan to eat them in the coming days.
Refrigerated, garlic can lose its flavor and rot quickly. Store it in a cool, dry, dark place, taking care to put it in a paper bag.
One of the most common mistakes is to put coffee in the fridge. In addition to losing its flavor, it can pick up those from other foods.
It is therefore advisable to put the coffee in an airtight jar and place it in a cool, dry place at room temperature, for better preservation.
- Salad dressings
You can keep the oil and vinegar based salad dressings out of the refrigerator. Put them in a dry place at room temperature. Contrary, sauces that contain mayonnaise, yogurt or cream must be kept cool.
You do not need to put your pickles in the fridge in order to preserve them.
- Hot sauce
Save space in your refrigerator, and put your hot sauce in a cabinet. It keeps very well in this kind of place.
It is best to keep the herbs like mint in a jar filled with water, rather than putting them in the refrigerator because they lose flavor.
- Maple syrup
Just like honey, maple syrup may crystallize when stored in the fridge. Rather put it in an airtight jar and place it in a dry place away from light. However, make sure to consume organic maple syrup.
- Dried fruits
Put your dried fruits in a tightly closed glass jar, which must be kept away from light in a dry place. This way your dried fruits are properly kept and will stay crisp.
Oranges, limes or lemons, all keep very well in the open air, in a dry place. The cold can damage their quality.
Cereals are best kept in a cool dry place at room temperature. You can store them in your pantry, but not in the refrigerator.