Things You Shouldn’t Keep In the Fridge

My fridge broke down and died today, luckily there wasn’t much in it and all that was lost was some cheese which went to feed the birds. This made me ponder about our reliance on fridges and what things people often keep in the fridge that would be much better out of it, so here is a quick guide, I am sure you will think of lots of other things as well.

Onions Placing your onions inside your refrigerator will eventually end up turning them moldy and soft. Unpeeled onions should be kept out of plastic bags and fridge. One of the reasons for this is because unpeeled onions require and need air exposure for maximum life. If you have peeled an onion though, then you should keep it in the fridge, in a covered container.
Aged Cheese Most people think that because cheese is mostly made of milk, it requires refrigeration. However, when it comes to aged cheese, that is not always the case. Cheeses such as Gouda, Cheddar or Gruyere are just some of the many which fall in this category. The difference between these cheeses and other regular ones is that they are cured. That curation process normally takes about 6 months or so. Cheeses that are aged, tend to be more sharper, harder and firmer in texture. One of the setbacks of putting cheeses in the fridge, is that they will end up getting harder than normal. Keeping them at room temperature actually lets you enjoy them more. Be sure to avoid placing them in places that are too hot. Heat will cause cheese to get flabby and sweat. Don’t forget to properly wrap your cheeses in order to protect them from moisture and other things.
Bananas Because they retain nutrients better outside the fridge, they should never be placed inside the refrigerator
Bread Nothing dries out bread faster than your refrigerator. The coldness tends to make the bread turn stale and harder, at a faster pace.
Carrots Refrigerating carrots can give you a shocking experience with rotted, water filled carrots within a few days. However carrots do need to be stored in darkness, away from sunlight.
Cucumber Cucumber enjoys room temperature, so fridge is not a suitable place for preserving it. You will often see damaged skin on cucumber after bringing out of refrigerator. In fact, cool temperature speeds up the decaying of cucumber’s skin, so find a dry and cool place at room temperature for your cucumber and be worry-free with it for a few days.
Garlic Believe it or not, placing garlic in your refrigerator will actually cause it to sprout. The garlic will also get moldy and even rubbery.
Honey Providing that you keep it in a tightly sealed place, honey will stay good almost forever. Therefore, storing it in your cooler doesn’t make sense. Honey, is a naturally preserved food so it needs no help from us. Ironically enough, placing honey in your refrigerator will in fact speed up the sugar crystallization process.
Olive Oil Storing olive oil in a fridge will turn it harder and make it condensed, it should never be placed there. Instead, put the olive oil in dark, cool place. Otherwise, you risk turning your olive oil into a butter-like density.
Peppers and Chillis People believe that keeping pepper in the refrigerators preserves them, but in really after keeping them inside the refrigerators, their colors become dull.
Potatoes should be placed in a cool, dry and dark space. By reason of the cold temperatures of the fridge, it can turn starch into sugar more rapidly. Because of that, keeping tots out of there, is best. It is also recommended that potatoes be removed from plastic or paper bags they may have been placed in. Also, keep them unwashed, as well in a well-ventilated cardboard box.
Sweet Potatoes the refrigerator alters and changes the structure of their cell walls. That ends up making them harder to break down and thus turning them harder than normal. This in turn, will cause them to take longer to cook. For best results, sweet potatoes should be kept in a cool, well-ventilated, dark place.
Tomatoes putting them in the refrigerator will cause them to lose all of their flavour. Plus, the cold air in the cooler stops the ripening process as well. And as we all know, ripening is what gives every tomato more taste and flavor. The cold temperature of the fridge will alter the texture of the tomatoes as well.
Vinegar One of the great things about vinegar is that it is self preserving. In fact, the vinegar institute confirmed in a study that the shelf life of vinegar is nearly indefinite. The reason for this is because of the acid nature of vinegar. Like most condiments, it does not need to placed inside your fridge. The only vinaigrettes which you may need refrigeration are those that contain fresh herbs, shallots, garlic or onion.
Yoghurt The fear most people have with products made with milk, is that they will get bacteria. But the big difference is that yogurt is actually made with bacteria. A lot of yogurts contain microbes or “probiotic” in many cases. Moreover, the milk sugar found in yogurt, is converted to lactic acid in trillions of ‘healthy bacteria.’ As long as the yogurt remains unopened, then there’s really no need to place it in the refrigerator. Yogurt can survive and last for a long time outside your fridge.

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