When it comes to proper food storage, many people have very different views on this issue. There are, however, certain foods that should not be stored in the refrigerator, but we do not even know about it. I present to your attention a list of such products, as well as reasons why they should not be kept in the refrigerator.
Avocados do not begin to ripen until the fruit is removed from the tree. If you buy a very firm avocado, don’t store it in the refrigerator as this slows down the ripening process. On the other hand, if the avocado is ripe but you’re not ready to use it yet, it’s best to refrigerate it, which will slow down the ripening process.
Storing potatoes at a low temperature in the refrigerator will convert starch to sugar more quickly than if stored naturally. So, if you want to preserve its flavor, store potatoes in a paper bag, in a cool, but not cold place. Paper bags work better than regular bags because they are breathable and the potatoes won’t rot as quickly. In addition, potatoes may contain chemicals that farmers fertilize them abundantly.
Garlic is best stored at cool room temperature. Refrigeration of garlic is a bad idea as it can significantly impair its flavor. Chilling the garlic causes it to release moisture and become moldy. If you have chopped fresh garlic, you can store it in the refrigerator in a sealed container for a short period, but use it as soon as possible.
Scientific studies have shown that bread loses moisture and becomes stale faster when refrigerated. This is due to the process of crystallization of starch molecules. You should keep the bread at room temperature for no more than four days, and cut it just before eating. Bread in the refrigerator should be carefully wrapped to retain its moisture. When you take it out, the bread should naturally warm up before being consumed.
Olive oil can last longer than most other oils, often up to two years if stored properly. Oils are fragile and must be carefully stored to retain all of their healthy properties. Olive oil should be kept in a cool, dark place in a sealed container. The best containers for olive oil are glass, stainless steel, or pewter. Cooling causes the oil to restructure and harden. The oil will return to a liquid state again if you take it out of the refrigerator. However, the flavor will no longer be the same.
Always store honey in a closed container, in a dry place, at room temperature — approximately 20–24 degrees. Honey tends to absorb moisture, which lowers its quality. The higher the temperature at which honey is stored, the more likely it is to spoil. But this does not mean that you should store honey in the refrigerator. Low temperatures cause honey to crystallize very quickly.
Basil loves heat, so keeping it in the fridge causes it to wilt prematurely. Fresh basil can be stored for a long time in a cup of water (change it every day or two), away from direct sunlight. You can store basil in a plastic bag with a few holes in it to allow air to circulate.
The refrigerator is one of the worst places to store coffee. The coffee will lose its aroma as it absorbs the flavors in the refrigerator. You should store your coffee in a cool, dark place where it will retain its aroma and freshness.
In order for onions to form a dry protective outer layer, it is worth storing them in a dry environment. It may be a pantry, but not a refrigerator. In addition, the lack of air circulation also affects the freshness of the onion. Do not keep onions near potatoes, which give off moisture. Keep the bulbs in a cool, dry, dark, well-ventilated area, as light can make them bitter.
If you have ever grown tomatoes, you know that they love the heat and hate the cold. It turns out that even when collected, they are still not tolerant of the cold. The refrigerator is not the ideal place for storage, as tomatoes become mealy in it. They will still be good for cooking, but not ideal for eating fresh. Instead, store your tomatoes right on your desk or on a shelf.