Do you ever feel like your fridge is getting smaller and smaller? You’re probably putting things in there that you shouldn’t be. In America, many Americans make the mistake of throwing everything they get from the grocery store into the fridge, not realizing that it will actually change the taste of many foods.
By removing these items from your refrigerator, you not only free up space but also improve the taste and quality of the items that should be kept at room temperature.
Here is a list of what you shouldn’t put in your refrigerator.
Cold weather makes potatoes unhappy. They turn their starches into sugar, which ruins their flavor.
To make tomatoes mushy and ruin their natural flavor, they should not be refrigerated.
When onions are refrigerated, they lose all their flavor. You should keep them out of the refrigerator for the best taste.
As with onions, this is a similar situation. A fridge will make the garlic lose its main properties, and it will make everything smell like garlic… Bottom line, don’t keep the garlic in a fridge.
Keep apples at room temperature instead of keeping them in the fridge to keep them fresh. The fridge will kill their flavor.
Sliced melons should be kept in the refrigerator. Whole melons should not be refrigerated. The fridge will destroy their antioxidant content.
7) Fruits Like Peaches, Plums, etc
Fruits need fresh air and sunlight to grow. As a result, all fruits can lose their taste after spending some time in the refrigerator. Sunshine and air are necessary for them to remain (or become) sweet and juicy.
Is your avocado not ripening quickly enough? It’s because it’s in the fridge. It is much more effective to put an unripe avocado on the counter. It will ripen so much faster if you put it in a bag with a banana or an apple.
9) Baked Goods
Storing baked goods will actually cause them to go bad. Seems counterintuitive, doesn’t it? Store bread and cookies outside to maintain their freshness.
In a sealed plastic bag, bread should be kept at room temperature. Storing bread in the fridge accelerates the dehydration process, causing the bread to go stale more quickly.
11) Peanut Butter
Peanut butter does not need to be refrigerated. Unless it’s organic, it can be kept in the cabinet for months without spoiling.
Rice should only be stored in the fridge if it has been cooked. Dry rice can last in canisters or plastic bags for years without issue.
13) Ground Coffee
Keep coffee beans cool, but don’t put them in the fridge! As a result, your beans will turn bad and lose their taste as moisture is created. And you don’t want to start your day with bland coffee. Keep it in a tightly-sealed container to preserve its flavor.
14) Hot Sauce
Do you have a shelf where all your hot sauces are stored? That’s not a good idea. The cold weakens the flavor of hot sauces, which is their whole point. It also changes the viscosity, which makes pouring more difficult.
Honey stored in the refrigerator will crystallize and become hard. Keep your honey outside instead of storing it in the fridge. Honey has a longer shelf life than you realize.
Cool k.ills. Keeping spices in the fridge will kill their flavor, which is kind of the whole point of spices.
If you read this article, go straight to your refrigerator and start refrigerating the right way. You’ll be glad you did.