We know that cold preserves food, but it is not a universal law. In hot countries especially in summer, we tend to put almost all the food in the fridge. It should be done in most cases, but not always. There are many foods, both natural and processed, that do not need a refrigerator to store. On the contrary, if you put them in the fridge they will spoil sooner, or they will lose their flavor or their nutrients. Each food has its own unique criteria of how it should be handled and where it’s safe to store. Read on to find out the 10+ food items that you shouldn’t be keeping in your refrigerator.
Only eggs that have been washed with water should be stored in the refrigerator. If they have not been washed (only cleaned), they can be stored without problems at room temperature, as we see in supermarkets.
Bananas need light and a high temperature to mature. If you put them in the fridge not only will they not ripen, but they will rot before.
Although it is true that tomatoes hold more in the fridge and do not spoil, low temperatures prevent them from ripening. They also lose flavor and texture.
If you put the potatoes in the fridge they will convert the starch into sugar more quickly, and they will spoil before. They should be kept in a dry and dark place, without washing them.
The cucumbers hold up well the high temperatures, thanks to its thick skin. If you put them in the fridge they will soften and rot before.
Nobody likes to eat dry bread. However, if you store bread in the refrigerator, it will dry out more quickly. If you plan to eat it in the coming days, you can best store bread on the counter. If you want to keep it longer, you can freeze it. When you have made a sandwich, you can of course put it in the fridge.
Some chocolates soften at room temperature and can be refrigerated, but most of these sweets remain solid even when they are outside the refrigerator. If you put chocolate in the fridge, its crystalline structure changes, develops white spots and its flavor changes drastically.
Ground coffee and coffee beans must be stored in the kitchen cabinets. If you put them in the fridge, they lose taste and freshness.
When garlic is placed in the refrigerator, the cold makes it sprout, and it also develops mold and has a texture reminiscent of gum. To avoid this, do not store it in the refrigerator, and choose a cool, dry place where it can be maintained naturally for a long time.
Cold watermelon is another summer favorite, but it is not recommended to put the whole fruit in the refrigerator if you want to keep it at home. Storing a whole watermelon in the refrigerator damages the essential antioxidant content of beta-carotene, which is found in the fruit. Therefore, whole watermelons are best stored outside the refrigerator, and if you want some refrigerated pieces, cut them in advance, place them in a sealed box and store them in the refrigerator until you want to consume them.
Onions have a large amount of liquid, and when placed in the refrigerator they are a fertile soil for the development of mold that requires moisture to survive. In addition, the chopped onion absorbs bacteria and odors from the refrigerator.
The fine peanut butter extends wonderfully over the bread and can be used as an appetizer in itself or even as an ingredient in the cookies. When you put the cream in the refrigerator, its texture is damaged and becomes hard and almost impossible to spread, so the refrigerator is definitely not the right place.