Any leftovers? Sure, I’ve still got a lot of pizza from the party last night. Throw them in the fridge and reheat the next day. You’re thanking the inventor of the fridge on days like this and this can probably save you, but hey, pizza is not the only food you can eat. And chances are, you’ve been mistakenly throwing everything in the fridge and thinking that it can prolong a food’s shelf life. That is so wrong.
Cold storage is a need for many foods but it can have a negative effect on some healthy ones. Some foods are better off on your counter or in the pantry. Find out which ones:
Onions need to be kept in a cool dry place because moisture of the refrigerator will turn onions moldy and mushy. Avoid direct sunlight.
2. Coffee beans
Leaving coffee beans in the fridge will make them lose their flavor because of the buildup of watery condensation caused by the moisture of the fridge. Also, it may take on the flavors of foods around it. Instead, store them in an airtight container. Direct light will compromise its flavor, so avoid clear canisters as well.
3. Olive oil
When olive oil is stored in the fridge, it will make it condense and negatively affect its flavor. Keep it in dark, cool cupboard instead, away from any heat-producing appliances.
Basil wilts faster in the fridge and takes the smells of all food around it. Better leave it out in a fresh glass of water at room temperature.
Room temperature is ideal for storing honey and can practically last long if tightly sealed. Cold temperature speeds up honey’s crystallization.
Garlic may get rubbery and moldy, so it’s best to keep in a cool, dry place. Once the head has been broken open, make sure to use cloves within 10 days. Any leftover peeled cloves can be stored in the fridge for a couple of weeks so long as it is in a small, air-tight container.
Bread stored in the refrigerator will dry out much faster. Store them at room temperature instead and be sure to keep the original packaging tightly closed after each use.
If you are trying to ripen avocados, don’t put them in the fridge but if you’ve got fully ripe avocados already and will not be consumed right away, place them in a plastic bag inside the fridge.
Keeping potatoes in the fridge will make them sweet and gritty. Since the cold environment of the fridge will turn its starch into sugar more quickly. Instead, it is ideal to store them in a paper bag in a cool place (but not cold).
Tomatoes kept in the fridge changes its texture and loses all their flavor because the cold air stops the ripening process.
Now you know some of the foods that are better off the fridge, go check your fridge and see if you’ve been doing it all wrong all this time. There’s still time to correct it, and no, don’t apologize to me, save it for your foods.