If you think that any food can last longer if stored in the fridge, think again. In fact, certain foods will lose their taste, nutrients and texture very quickly at low temperatures. Sometimes you can’t see it, but those foods can even become harmful.
When you put avocados in the fridge, especially if they’re unripened, they quickly begin to absorb moisture through the skin and become unpleasantly soft. It is best to keep avocados in a fruit bowl, at room temperature.
When potatoes are kept at a low temperature, below 44°F (7°C), they lose their natural taste and become unpleasantly sweet. The best thing is to keep them in a paper bag, in a dry cool place around your kitchen.
Chocolate shouldn’t be stored in the fridge, because when it’s exposed to cold temperatures, its crystals of sucrose come out on the surface and form an unpleasant white bloom. Resulting in loss of its original flavor.
4. Tropical fruits
Putting tropical fruits in the fridge is a really bad idea. These fruits cannot handle low temperatures, they will quickly go rotten and even become harmful. The best way to store tropical fruits, is to wrap them in many layers of paper, and put them in a dark dry place.
Basil should stay far away from your fridge. This plant will quickly wilt and absorb all its surrounding smells, which will make it look, taste and smell bad. The best place to keep basil is in a cup of water, just like you do with flowers.
6. Green beans
Keeping green beans in the fridge will eventually result in losing their useful and healthy properties. They are better off in a regular bowl or on a paper bag. However, fresh green beans can be frozen, so you can enjoy them all year.
When onions are placed in the fridge, the moisture will turn them soft and thus useless for consumption. Moreover, too much moisture will improve the growth of harmful bacteria and mold.
Coffee can absorb some of the smells of other products and thus lose its unique flavor. The best option is to keep it somewhere dark and cool, where it can preserve its best qualities. However, you can store larger amounts of coffee in the freezer.
9. Olive oil
Olive oil will attain harder consistency when put at a cold temperature. It is recommended to keep olive oil at temperatures between 12 and 16°C (53 and 60°F), and to keep it away from sun light.
When you store honey in the fridge, the moisture and cold boost the speed of its crystallization, which results in rapid loss of its taste and healthy benefits. However, if this food is stored in a firmly sealed jar at room temperature, its nutrients will remain good almost forever.
The fridge is a very bad place to store tomatoes, since the cold air stops its ripening process. In low temperature, the taste and texture of tomatoes will be badly affected and will become mushy.
Many people think that storing bread in the fridge will keep it fresh, but it actually dry out and turn stale. If you have extra amount of bread, you can always make some delicious crunchy bread chips from it.
Eggplants are highly sensitive to cold temperature. If kept in the fridge, they will become soft and pitted on the surface. The best storage site for eggplants is in a regular bowl at room temperature.
You might think it’s better to keep bananas in the fridge, but you should have noticed that bananas will quickly turn black and become less attractive. In fact, the black spots on bananas don’t mean they are ripe, it actually means that they haven’t been stored properly during transportation.
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