The fridge doesn’t always keep your foods fresh.
It is common to feel like dumping everything into the fridge after a long day of grocery shopping. While the fridge does help many food items extend their lifespans and keep them fresh, some foods are better off out of the fridge. Here are 11 foods you should not refrigerate to retain all their goodness.
Being a tropical fruit, bananas are unable to ripen under cool temperatures in the fridge. The moisture in the fridge will also facilitate rotting.
Potatoes should be stored in a cool and dry area. Keeping them refrigerated will cause the starch to break down into sugar, leaving you with gritty and bad-tasting potatoes.
3. Whole melons
This may come as a surprise as it is always nice to enjoy a nice cold juicy slice of melon on a hot day. But watermelons, honeydews and cantaloupes can lose their flavour and antioxidants in the fridge. Once cut open, they can be refrigerated but should be consumed as soon as possible to preserve their nutrients.
If you like your bread soft and fluffy, you definitely should not place it in the fridge. The low temperature will cause bread to lose moisture and eventually harden and grow stale. You should only refrigerate bread if you require long-term storage.
Tomatoes you just purchased are usually still in the process of ripening and refrigerating them will slow that process down. The frigid conditions in the fridge will cause tomatoes to shrivel up and lose their juices. What’s left behind are dull tasting tomatoes.
Like bananas and tomatoes, avocados will ripen more quickly at room temperature. Refrigerating them will only impede the ripening process.
7. Peanut butter
Peanut butter will turn hard and dry when it is placed in the fridge. It is best kept at room temperature to retain its smooth and creamy texture.
Keep the crunch in your cereal by storing it in a cool, dry area. The moisture in the fridge will cause your cereal to lose its freshness and become less crispy. It is best to keep your cereal in a cool and dry area like the cupboard or an air-tight container.
Onions can be a great addition to your food, but too much of them can get overwhelming – this is also precisely why onions should not go into the fridge. Not only will onions turn soft and mushy in the fridge, but the strong scent from them will also contaminate other food.
Shelled nuts are more prone to absorbing odours from other food in the fridge, ruining their taste. Store them in a dry, airtight container so that they can retain their crunchy texture and nutty taste.
Sprout growth is encouraged when garlic cloves are placed in the fridge. While they can be easily removed, it is harder to prevent refrigerated garlic cloves from turning mouldy, rubbery and losing their flavour. What’s worse, you will only be able to tell after cutting the garlic open. You should store them in a cool, dry place with ventilation to prevent mould or sprouting.