For most of us, health and choosing healthy alternatives remain the number one priority. We want to be able to nourish our mind and body with clean food so that we may live long, fruitful lives.
The problem is that half the time we don’t know whether to store the food in the fridge or somewhere else.
Not to worry. We’ve compiled a list of 35 items that should never be put in the fridge in order to avoid wasting expensive groceries, and more importantly, promote healthier lifestyles and eating habits so that we can start reaping the benefits.
Very few people can claim to finish a dozen doughnuts in one sitting, so that’s why the first thought is to just store them in the fridge. I would think twice if I were you unless you like eating soggy and still donuts. Try and keep them somewhere in room temperature and it should not exceed past 2 days max.
3) Aged Cheese
For you cheese lovers out there you should know to never put cheese in the fridge unless you want to turn it into a cheese rock. It will lose all its flavor and on top of that it will be incredibly hard to cut giving how stiff it can turn. Keep these in a location that’s a bit cooler in room temperature, but not as cold as the fridge.
Boil em’, mash em’ , stick them in the fridge? We would suggest not doing that to your potatoes unless you want to experience the gooey sugar that is produced in the vegetable starch after it remains inside the fridge for some time. Be sure to store them somewhere away from extreme temperatures like the pantry.
5) Sealed Tuna
Many people think that fish in the can should be put in the fridge to preserve it for a longer time. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. Be sure to stick them somewhere in room temperature and if you do open a can of tuna, be sure to store it by placing the tuna inside a plastic container and back in the fridge (do not keep the fish inside and the tin can as storage):
6) Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread
For those Nutella lovers out there, you may have noticed what happens to the spread once you put it in the fridge. The cold temperature of the fridge hardens the spread and become solid, therefore losing its ability to be spread on bread. If you want to avoid biting into a rock, We suggest keeping the Nutella bottle outside of the fridge.
Garlic cloves should be stored somewhere that’s cool dry and ventilated. do not keep them in an airtight container as they will mold very quickly. after you drop off the head of the garlic clove, You have roughly about 10 days to use the rest of the clothes with no waste.
One of the most common items inside of fridge is onions. Once inside the fridge, The humidity inside softens the layers of the onion and increases chances of molding. Not to mention, that when chilled the starches inside the onion bulb are converted to sugars.
This one may seem odd to many people. As a general rule make sure that if you buy the eggs in the refrigerator section to keep them refrigerated so that way they do not spoil. However if you do find eggs that are not refrigerated, keeping them outside in room temperature for at least a week is also acceptable.
Even Starbucks recommends to not put coffee inside the fridge. Doing so well reduce the coffee beans to a less tasty, less aromatic product. Just keep in room temperature so that you don’t sacrifice some of the best aesthetics coffee has to offer.
It’s stored in the fridge, honey begins to clump and crystallize together into a sugary disorder. Funny enough, honey never goes bad even if the color and consistency do change over time. It’s important to store honey away from extreme temperatures in order to consume it optimally.
Like eggs, this one is a bit controversial. If If the climate where you stay at is too hot, then it may not be a good idea for you to store butter outside of the fridge. On the other hand, leaving it outside allows the butter to spread as easy as can be. Since butter is already salted and pasteurized, it takes quite some time for it to go bad.
If you want to conserve the sweet juices of melon, be sure to stick it outside of the refrigerator. The USDA reported research that proves that melon’s, watermelon, and cantaloupe in room temperature help keep their antioxidants intact. If after you cut it you need to store it, feel free to do so in the fridge but only for at least 3 days.
Basil will turn a wicked brown color if left inside the fridge for too long. You can place basil in a glass of water like you would a flower. This way the plant is preserved and it can add a small decorative touch to any room.
Eggplant are one of the healthiest vegetables you can find. Just be worried where you place them because they are very sensitive to ethylene gases from bananas and apples. Also, keeping them in the crisper of your fridge will increase their lifespan.
16) Peanut Butter
There really is no need to keep peanut butter inside the fridge. Unless you have some other use for it, The peanut butter will harden and become almost impossible to spread on any surface. It’s a different story for natural peanut butter, however, as it is strongly recommended that natural peanut butter be kept in the fridge so as to preserve the peanut oil.
17) Olive Oil
Keeping olive oil in the refrigerator is a huge no-no. Doing so will cause it to become cloudy over time and also lose flavor and solidify. Try storing your olive oil in a dark cool place so that it can last a long time.
Same deal as with eggs: If you buy pickles at a refrigerator section you should definitely put them in the fridge afterwards. If you find them unrefrigerated, then that’s fine too given their contents. Pickles have a high salt and vinegar content that allow it to protect itself from harmful bacteria and microorganisms.
Vinegar is one of the highest self-preserving foods available. It is considered to have a virtually indefinite shelf life. this pertains to only plain vinegar and not vinaigrettes. The latter should be refrigerated due to the other contents like garlic onion herbs and other add-ons that it may have.
Ever notice your strawberries quickly going bad? You weren’t the only one. Berries do just fine by being outside in room temperature. Only rinse them before use and never submerge them in water. You can store them in the fridge but make sure they are not in an airtight container. This general rule of thumb applies to all berries.
Ketchup has a natural acid which allow it to ward off against any harmful microorganisms that can turn ketchup bad. people would elect to keep it outside of the fridge in order to maintain its taste. If you do live in a hot climate, consider putting ketchup in the fridge to increase its lifespan.
Just like ketchup, mustard has a huge acidity content that allows it to be self-preserving. there’s no real need to put it in the fridge even though many people do it anyways. In the end, it boils down to whether you prefer your mustard a little cooler or a little warmer.
23) Stone fruits
Fruits such as peaches, nectarines, apricots plums, and any other stone fruit should avoid being placed inside a refrigerator unless you plan to eat them immediately. Putting them in the fridge can halt the ripening process and cause the fruits to taste like dust. Try to avoid doing this so that way you can help preserve the food for a longer period of time.
New scientific evidence points to the fact that putting tomatoes in a refrigerator will actually damage the flavor enhancing cells. Researchers are attempting to genetically modify tomatoes in order to prevent the destruction of these cells. A great place to put unripe tomatoes would be by the window sill or by a location where they can mild sunlight.
Molasses solidifies and becomes impossible to use when kept at very low temperatures. It is suggested that you keep molasses within an airtight container in a dark place like the pantry. Interesting enough, once opened, it’s lifespan gets reduced by half to around just 6 months.
26) Nuts and Dried Fruits
Storing nuts and dried fruits in the fridge can make the texture too dry and also cause the fruits to be tasteless. Be sure to store these outside in room temperature by the pantry. If by chance you do have nuts in the fridge, feel free to heat them up quickly in the oven before using them for anything.
Keeping bananas in the fridge will slow down the ripening process. It is fairly easy to tell when a banana is ripe based on how their color is: the greener and firmer, the more unripe, while the greener and softer, the more ripe the fruit is. Too quick in the ripening process, You can place bananas next to other fruits and vegetables in order for the ethylene gas to help mature the fruit faster.
Many people think that keeping chocolate inside a fridge will preserve its form. Little do they know that a phenomenon called “sugar bloom” occurs which is when the outer layer of chocolate looks grainy and gritty. This causes the chocolate to lose his taste and texture.
One of the most forbidden fridge foods is bread. It will turn incredibly stale and it will dry to the point of becoming a rock. Freshly sliced bread should stay good for a week. Make sure the package is tightly sealed to prevent any air from coming in and increasing the chance for mold to occur.
The University of Columbia did a study that found that storing cucumber and temperatures lower than 50 degrees Fahrenheit actually caused harm to the cucumber. They are definitely at their best and tastiest one kept at room temperature. You can store them away by your pantry or somewhere cool, but make sure they are away from apples and bananas.
Surprisingly, some people do manage to keep their cereal in the fridge! Doing so well actually damage the texture and flavor of the cereal due to the humidity. Also, a cereal box takes up considerable space that could be freed up for other more important fridge-related foods.
Thinking of preserving some pumpkins for Halloween in the fridge? I would suggest you heavily reconsider given that a cooling refrigerator will actually damage the pumpkins. Hate to sound like a broken record, but the pantry or a dark cool place would be a great location to store pumpkins.
This is a no-brainer. It can be pretty disheartening to experience spices being flavorless and clumping together. That’s exactly what you’ll get if you put spices in the fridge. Feel free to store them in your kitchen cupboard or a spice rack at room temperature. This will help preserve the spices for a long time and still have it offer the same potent flavors.
Apples, like bananas, produce ethylene gas to quicken the process of ripening. If you do this how to keep them in the fridge make sure to separate them and remember to look for that one bad apple that can ruin the rest. Apples can maintain themselves for a good week or two on the counter.