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Published On: Sat, Sep 13th, 2014

Foods you must NOT refrigerate

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Food-the-dolce-dietWe all want to preserve our foods. What better way to do this than refrigerating foods!  Some have reasoned this way and rightly too. The thing is, preserving food is the concern of all and especially with improved power supply many families are likely to take advantage to preserve their foods in the refrigerator.

However, not all foods should be refrigerated. There are alternative means of preserving them without losing their lushness and the desired freshness. The thing is some fruits need not be preserved in a refrigerator while some others can be so preserved without damaging them.

Here is a list of foods that you should absolutely not refrigerate. Though it is difficult to choose what is best for you, considering that there are several options open to you, and which are regularly discussed in the social media.

However, here is some of the foods preserving in the refrigerator would only lead to damaging and degrading their qualities and therefore never be cold or frozen.

1. Tomatoes

If tomatoes are kept in sunlight they will ripen too fast. If they are kept in cold temperature, it will cause the cell walls to break down and then they become soft and mushy. So for best results, store them out of direct sunlight and at room temperature.

2. Bananas

Like tomatoes, bananas also like to be stored at room temperature. If you are trying to delay the ripening process, refrigerate them. Beware that this will cause the skin to turn brown. However, the inside should still be edible.

3. Potatoes

Refrigeration will cause the skin of the potato to darken and go bad quicker. It also converts the potato’s starch into sugar, making it more sweet, but not in a good way. Its recommended to store them in a cool dark place.

4. Onions

Onions tend to like fresh air circulation. Thats why they are sold in a mesh bag.

But don’t keep them near your potatoes because a chemical reaction will take place. That will create and release gases and moister that will turn your onions bad.

5. Garlic

Again garlic, similar to onions like air circulation too. Research says cold air can cause the garlic to sprout early causing it to go bad. Plus it keeps the odors off your other food.

6. Avocados

If you want your avocado to ripen naturally you should leave it outside the refrigerator. Only if you are trying to postpone its ripeness then keep in the refrigerator. And if you are trying save an already cut avocado, refrigerate the half with the seed. It will keep longer that way.

7. Honey 

Honey is one of the earth’s oldest known preservatives. Its been know to be discovered in Egyptian tombs and the honey is still edible. Wow, its shelf life is for forever. If refrigerated, it becomes crystalized and even harder to use.

8. Hot Sauces

Have you ever noticed that hot sauce is always unrefrigerated at restaurants? Thats because it doesn’t have to be. Especially if it is vinegar based which most hot sauces are. By refrigerating, it causes it to loose flavor and change the consistency.

9. Melons

When a melon ends up in your own home, it should be stored out of direct sunlight in the kitchen. This will allow it to ripen and gain sweetness. Only after it is cut should it be refrigerated to prolong its perfect ripeness.

10. Fruit

All fruits should be ripened at room temperature. Only if you are trying to keep them longer should you refrigerate. By leaving them out, they ripen and sweeten at their own pace which will allow the fruit to be at its best.


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