20 FOODS YOU NEED TO TAKE OUT FROM THE FRIDGE

Sound the alarm, help is on the way! Here you will find 20 everyday foods that never should be refrigerated. You will see, in this discussion, that food is not always placed in the correct spot inside the kitchen – especially when it comes to the refrigerator! You see, there are possibly numerous bacteria hiding away in your fridge, as well as certain foods that don’t belong inside.



1. AVOCADOS

Avocados are our first culprit – they ripe best at room temperature and not inside the fridge! You see, the cold temperature inhibits it from ripening. There is however, good news because we can speed up their ripening process by placing it into a bag with an apple or banana. These fruits produce ethylene – a chemical that helps in ripening. Now, what do you do if it’s already ripe? In this instance, it’s time to eat.



2. POTATOES

Do you know potatoes contain a substance called starch? What happens to it once it’s placed inside the fridge? The cold temperature turns the starch into sugar – this happens to all vegetables containing starch. The bad news however is that the potatoes sugar content increases, making it sweet and unpleasant and a texture that is grainy. Refrigeration can cause the potatoes to become dark while cooking. It will increase the acrylamide levels – which we definitely do not want. In order to prevent this, potatoes are to be kept best in a dry place with adequate temperature. The only time a potato should be placed inside the fridge, is once it is cooked. This is better because the refrigerator will help prevent the formation of bacteria.



3. CHOCOLATE-HAZELNUT SPREAD

Do not worry, these spreads can be kept outside the fridge since their sugar acts as a preservative. Spreads such as, Nutella become solid once cooled and that’s due to their high-fat content. Once cooled it becomes unspreadable. If you don’t mind struggling to get that spread onto your bread – and tearing your slice, feel free to keep it refrigerated.



4. GARLIC

Have you ever seen what happens to garlic when it’s placed inside the fridge? It actually gets moldy. Garlic is an important food that needs to be kept outside the fridge in a dry, cool temperature. It needs proper ventilation and shouldn’t be kept inside closed containers.





5. COFFEE

Coffee is not meant for the fridge and most important, not the freezer! All you coffee lovers should know this by now: Reason being, humidity will increase inside the coffee package, it will act as a deodorizer and absorb the odor of everything in the fridge. There is a brighter side, if you are an occasional coffee drinker you can keep it there – but you were warned!



6. ONIONS

Do you want your onions to rot fast? Place them in the refrigerator. The humidity will make it soft and it will start rotting in no-time. Uncut onions are best in a dry place inside their mesh bag. The good news is that a cut onion can be kept inside the fridge for freshness until the next use – so yay you fridge lovers!



7. HONEY

Have you ever placed honey inside the refrigerator? Then you know without a doubt it becomes crystallized, thick and sludgy. Honey is absolutely not recommended for the fridge. An interesting fact about it too is that it is one of natures produce that never goes bad – so please store it in a correct fashion!



8. BASIL

Not all herbs are created equal. This means that what’s good storage for one is not always the best for another. Fresh herbs are best kept in the refrigerator; however, basil is different. It will become blackish brown and even distorted. A way to prevent this is to use this trick. First, cut and trim basil stems and next, place it into a glass of water. This way, you will decorate your kitchen and keep your basil fresh and healthy at the same time.



9. OLIVE OIL

Olive oil is a substance that is affected by humidity. Where do you keep your olive oil? If you have answered fridge, this is an automatic fail because the fridge will change its consistency due to the humidity inside. Your beautiful olive oil will turn cloudy and get thick. You can be redeemed by taking it out and placing it inside a cupboard. Don’t throw it out, proper storage will reverse the damage.



10. STONE FRUIT

Apricots and peaches have large seeds called stones, They are juicy and tasty. They do not, and I repeat, do not, belong in the fridge! If refrigerated, their ripening process alters and it affects their aroma and taste; they become grainy in texture. Do, however keep your fruit at room temperature to allow it to ripen properly and to keep its wonderful taste and texture.

11. KETCHUP

Surprise, surprise. Ketchup is a winner! Its acidity prevents the production of microorganisms. Some people are adamant about keeping their ketchup in the fridge however some believe the taste actually improves at room temperature. You decide. If you rarely use ketchup, it’s no problem to keep it in the fridge to prolong its life, but if you want it to tastier, be a rebel and keep it in the cupboard.

12. CHOCOLATE

Are you a chocolate lover? Then you may just know this trick in prolonging its lifespan – the trick is to keep it in the fridge. However there is a downside because the cold temperature will damage the texture and sweet taste. The chocolate will go through a process called, sugar bloom. which is caused by moisture. It will become granulose and will take on a whitish layer – yuck!

13. BANANAS

Decisions, decisions! Are you having a hard time deciding whether to put a banana into the fridge? Well, the first thing you need to do is check if the banana is ripe. A ripe banana should be placed inside the refrigerator to prevent it from turning brown and going bad. An unripe banana is green/greenish and solid –it needs to stay clear from the refrigerator! Keep it at room temperature in order for it to be enjoyed once ripe.



14. TOMATOES

Do you love juicy ripe tomatoes? Then it’s not recommended for you to keep them ‘unsafe’ inside the refrigerator. It’s proven that some fruits and veggies lose all their unique taste and deliciousness. Let’s keep loving our tomatoes and place them in the sunlight where they belong – this is the best place and it will become juicier and sweeter.



15. SEALED TUNA

Are you one of those people who keeps canned tuna in the fridge, just because it’s a fish? Wrong, just visualize where you picked it up in the store – yes you remember, right in the non-refrigerated section of the supermarket. Sealed tuna, does best at room temperatures like inside the cupboard. Refrigeration is best once it’s open.



16. MUSTARD

Mustard is a self-preserving condiment that can be quite debatable. We cannot simply tell you not to store it inside the refrigerator because the refrigerator will do no harm. Depending on your taste, the decision is yours. If you like it chilled, place it in the fridge if not, keep it at room temperature in the cupboard. It doesn’t need to be chilled.



17. AGED CHEESE

Cheese gurus, you may just be exempt from this little tidbit, however if you do not know it already, this news is helpful. You see, aged cheese does not need to be kept in the fridge due to its makeup. When we refrigerate aged cheese, it turns rock hard and although it contains dairy, this is one of the dairies that should be kept in a dry and cool environment – a cupboard preferably!



18. CUCUMBER

Feel free to check your fridge now. I too have been guilty as charged. Cucumbers may surprise you because it’s included in this list of vegetables that don’t need refrigerating. Research shows that cucumbers lose their aroma and flavor, if kept inside the refrigerator. Cucumbers are actually really sensitive to cooler temperatures. They thrive and last longer at room temperature. Room temperature will allow cucumbers to maintain the delicious flavor that they’re meant to have.



19. BREAD

Have you noticed that there are a few people who enjoy storing their bread inside the fridge? Perhaps you too are one? You see, once bread is inside the fridge it changes – it becomes hard and dry, and that’s not a good thing. The best method to remedy this is to keep it in a dry area inside a sealed package – it will not dry out.



20.SPICES

Humidity is a killer for spices, especially ones that are refrigerated. Have you ever seen what it does? It actually causes the spice to form small spheres, while the aroma and taste gets lost. The best method for storing your spice is to keep it dry, and at an ideal temperature, like inside a cupboard. Thus, preserving the natural and rich taste it deserves.



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