15 Things You Should Not Refrigerate
Nowadays, the most common food preserving method is to store food items in the refrigerator. It has become a common habit for most people to rush to the fridge and store the perishable items right after buying them. Nevertheless, many people tend to refrigerate food items that are actually not supposed to be kept in the fridge. Read further to find out which things should not be refrigerated.
By refrigerating food, you slow down bacterial action and thus prevent food from spoiling for a longer period of time. Almost all types of food can be refrigerated, including meats, vegetables, fruits, and drinks. However, it is recommended not to refrigerate the following food items as this preserving method may in some cases actually accelerate their spoiling, lessen their flavor and change their texture.
The following is a list of 15 items you should never refrigerate in future:
- Bread – Refrigerating bread is commonly thought as a perfect way to preserve its freshness and prolong its expiration date. However, people who do this end up consuming some very dried out bread. Instead of refrigerating bread, we suggest freezing it, since storing it in the fridge will just dry it out very fast.
- Onions – Another food item to keep out of the refrigerator is the onion. Onions require a place with good air circulation and should also be kept away from the potatoes, because otherwise they will rot.
- Potatoes – By refrigerating potatoes, you will destroy their flavor. They should be kept in dry paper bags. Do not store potatoes in plastic bags because this will stimulate moisture and the appearance of mold.
- Avocado – Do not store unripe avocados in the fridge. Ripe avocados can last for about a whole week in the refrigerator. To prevent avocados from turning brown which happens when they are exposed to air, always refrigerate them whole.
- Hot Sauce – Food items like hot sauce don’t have to be refrigerated. Along with many other condiments, including ketchup, sriracha and Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce can be kept in a pantry for up to three years.
- Tomatoes – Why would anyone do this to a delicious tomato? Refrigerating tomatoes will destroy their amazing flavor and texture. Therefore, to speed up the ripening process of tomatoes and preserve their flavor, keep them in a paper bag out of the fridge.
- Coffee – Refrigerating or freezing coffee will produce a completely different flavor. Condensation is to blame for this, and it applies to both coffee beans and coffee grounds. To preserve coffee’s flavor, it should be stored in an air tight container in a pantry.
- Winter Squashes – Acorn, butternut, or spaghetti squashes, should all be kept out of the fridge. Thus, you will preserve their flavor and prevent them from spoiling longer. They may last up to a month or longer out of the fridge.
- Oils – Oils like olive oil or vegetable oil should not be kept in the fridge as they tend to become thick and are no longer clear but look cloudy and murky. However, it is recommended keeping nut based oils refrigerated.
- Garlic – Storing garlic in the fridge will immensely shorten the lifespan of its usability as refrigeration diminishes its flavor and may lead to the development of mold. Garlic should be stored loose, and once a garlic head is broken, it should be used within ten days.
- Honey – Honey should definitely not be refrigerated, as this will turn it into thick, crystallized substance. Simply keep it at room temperature and it will remain good for almost indefinitely.
- Melons – To preserve their full flavor and their antioxidant content, melons should be kept at room temperature on the counter instead of stored in the fridge. Once you cut it into pieces, you can store it in the fridge for up to three or four days.
- Fruits – Not all fruits should be kept in the fridge. There are many types of fruit, including apples, peaches, nectarines, apricots, and berries, which should never be refrigerated as refrigeration greatly reduces their flavor and doesn’t allow them to ripen properly.
In addition, numerous non-food items are also commonly kept in the fridge to be preserved. Nevertheless, there are some items that should not be refrigerated.
- Batteries – Perhaps someone has told you that by keeping batteries in your fridge, you will prolong their use. Don’t believe this, it is a simple myth. In fact, both too much cold and too much heat may result in batteries losing their power at a faster rate.
- Nail Polish – Nail polish should by no means be stored in the fridge as this will cause it to thicken faster. Moreover, refrigeration also leads to changes in the chemicals. Instead, always keep your nail polish at room temperature and away from direct sunlight.