We can’t imagine modern
times without having the refrigerator; it is an invention that turned the world
We couldn’t enjoy our food, the way we do now if we didn’t have such a tool that could preserve it and keep it as fresh as possible.
Nowadays, most of us can have dairy products, meat or even processed foods whenever we feel like, thanks to our fridges.
Nevertheless, and as it turns out, some foods aren’t made to be kept in the refrigerator, for they lose their freshness, taste or even worse; some of the foods we are going to talk about can become toxic if put in the fridge, by being subjects to structure changes, which can damage our digestive system.
In the next pages, we are going to highlight the 15 foods that you’d never ever should put on the fridge while we explain the reasons behind this prohibition, so stay put, and believe when we say that the 9th food on our list might surprise, and there’s a high chance that you’re keeping it right now on fridge thinking that it is well preserved.
It is well-known that onions aren’t a food that you could peel and cut and then preserve, yet, most people tend to keep it in the refrigerator.
Even when they’re not peeled, onions spoil more quickly when the temperature is low, and they lose their flavor. You could try it for yourself and see that the onion will get musty and moldy in no time.
The best conditions for onions are room temperature and try to keep them sheltered from sunlight, that’s how you’ll enjoy them fresh.
Once put on the fridge, garlic loses immediately its taste, which is the main reason why people use it in their food.
If you are willing to keep your garlic as fresh as possible and save its pungent flavor, you ought to keep it in a paper bag for instance, or any container that is cool, dry and ventilated.
Another tip, to know if the garlic is fresh or not, is to check the state of the head; if it has been broken open, it means that your food is degrading, and you’ll have to use it within 2 weeks.
13- Raw Honey:
All types of honey
aren’t to be put on the fridge, especially the raw one.
It’ll crystallize immediately, which will harden it and make unpleasant for you to use.
However, keeping your raw honey at room temperature will help you preserve it for very long times while avoiding it becoming solid and hard to use.
If, while kept on room temperature and especially in winter, it became solid, all you have to do is keeping its container in hot water for several minutes and you’ll have it brand as new.
This is something common, we all store our potatoes on the fridge, which is something to avoid. Potatoes stay fresh if sheltered in a dark and cool place.
This food isn’t meant to be cooled in any sort of way.
If put on the fridge, your potatoes will immediately start to lose their starch and their taste, which will impact negatively the rest of the food used in your dishes.
In addition to that, chilling this food will help to turn the starch to sugar, and that is not something that you’d want in your food, believe us!
All kinds of melon (including cantaloupe, watermelon, and honeydew …) are meant to be stored at room temperature, that’s how you keep them fresh.
Furthermore, and according to several studies, chilling your melons for a while will automatically degrade its contents, especially antioxidants, which can impact your health negatively.
Yet, and if you cut your melon, you can keep it in the fridge for about 3 days, which will impact neither the taste nor the contents.
Well, bread isn’t something to store actually, but lately, people tend to chill it in the fridge and have it whenever they want, which makes things simpler.
We all know how bread
is relatively perishable in general; it molds quickly, and in a way, putting it
in the fridge helps actually keeping the mold away, or slows down its growth.
Yet, refrigerating it dries it out, which will make it unpleasant to eat.
We’d recommend you to keep it in a drawer, made specifically for storing it, and if your lifestyle obliges you to keep it for a long time, you’d better freeze it and, once needed, you could toast the amount that you will need for your meal.
To be totally honest, I tried to convince my mother that keeping tomatoes in the fridge isn’t a good idea at all, and last time I checked, they were still there!
And this is something really common, for most people tend to keep their fruits in general, including tomatoes.
However, and if the purpose of such a practice is to keep them fresh, you are doing quite the opposite; chilling tomatoes makes their texture mealy and degrades their flavor.
The best way to store tomatoes is to keep them on the counter.
Yet, the only possible way to keep them in the fridge is to cook them before.
We would never imagine someone who’s not fond of coffee storing it, but here we are facing an oxymoron; a coffee enthusiast knows the difference between good and bad coffee and he can certainly distinguish that.
Chilling coffee beans, even ground, will cause watery condensation to build up, and that won’t get you anywhere, and you won’t enjoy the taste of your coffee at all.
Instead, you can keep those beans in an airtight container at room temperature which will keep them fresh and tasty.
It is true that chilling nuts, in general, extends their lifespan, this is mainly due to the fact that this practice helps to prevent the oils from turning into rancid.
Nevertheless, they immediately lose their nutty flavor, without forgetting about the fact that they absorb the odors of all the foods stored, which is not pleasant at all.
The optimum way to store nuts is by keeping them on a transparent container at room temperature.
And if you ever store them in the fridge, you could revive them by toasting them in a dry pan, which will help restore the flavor, but won’t help much with the odors.
6- Hot Sauce:
This is not a really bad practice, health wise, but keeping hot sauce in the fridge for a while will certainly help stealing some of the spiciness of peppers.
Honestly, there’s never been a need to store hot sauce, for it stays as it is at room temperature without any problems and this is mainly due to the quantity of vinegar.
Generally speaking, berries are a food that isn’t meant to last longer than it should, we’d recommend to buy the amount needed when you want to consume it.
Nevertheless, and if you’re willing to store them anyways for a reason, you’d better keep them in the fridge instead of the counter, but not for long. Surely, they’ll get moldy quicker than you imagine, especially if they’re wet.
4- Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread:
We all love this spread with a toast or while accompanied to fruits, yet, keeping it in the fridge will harden it which won’t allow it to spread on the food.
In addition to that, chilled chocolate-hazelnut spread loses most of its flavor, which is the thing that distinguishes it.
Instead, and if we’re talking about a closed container, it is completely fine to keep it on the counter for two months or so.
Once open, you’ll have a month to consume it without refrigerating it.
3- Stone Fruit:
Peaches, nectarines, apricots and the rest of stone fruits stay fresh if kept at room temperature.
Ideally, we’d recommend keeping your stone fruits in a paper bag, which will help preserve the flavor.
Keeping apples in the refrigerator for a while before consuming them cold isn’t a bad idea at all, but there is no real need to do that.
As a matter of fact, cooling them will certainly break down their crispness.
Apples are made is a way that can help you keeping them on a table or the counter for weeks without any problem at all.
If not consumed, you could keep them in the fridge for some extra days in order to extend their life.
Sometimes, it is hard
to know if an avocado is at the peak of its ripeness, and it’s the only state
in which you could consume it.
A hard avocado is never good, it tastes way too mushy. On the other hand, soft avocados are unpleasant to eat, they feel as if you’re eating a raw potato.
Yet, and the only possibility in which you could chill them is when you have a fully ripe avocado that you don’t want to consume at the moment, this practice will buy some more days before eating it.
Almost all of the foods
mentioned in this article stay fresh if kept in the pantry, on the counter or
if stored in a paper bag.
Such practice will allow you to keep their natural freshness and taste, and they’ll surely live longer until needed.
However, once cut, it is obligatory to keep them cooled for further use.
Moreover, and if we’re talking about a food that’s already ripe, it’d be good to keep it in the fridge in order to buy some extra days, but keep in mind that it won’t ripen there. Our only hope is that we’ve succeeded in providing with the necessary information that’ll help you consume these foods in the healthiest possible way.