The refrigerator is a great tool for storing foods. But do you know which foods should not be refrigerated? There are certain items, even against popular belief, that should not be stored in the refrigerator. By refrigerating many items, the flavor can be lessened or change the texture, and in some cases, even make it spoil faster because of condensation from the refrigerator.
Tomatoes should not be refrigerated because this will change their flavor and their texture. The University of Florida explains that the flavor of a tomato is a result of an interaction between acids, sugars, and various volatile compounds.
You should keep the honey at room temperature because in the fridge it will crystallize and thicken faster.
If kept in the fridge, garlic will sprout and grow mold!
Keeping coffee in the fridge can make the coffee lose its flavor and absorb the odors in the fridge.
Bread gets dry and hard if kept in the fridge. You can freeze it to make it last or keep it in a paper bag with a cloth towel around it.
- Hot Sauce
You can store the hot sauce in your cabinet for up to 3 years!
When refrigerated, onions get moldy and mushy
- Basil and other herbs
These should not be kept in the fridge because they will wilt and absorb other odors.
If kept in the fridge, melons can lose their antioxidants
Keeping potatoes in the refrigerator can affect their flavor. They will become gritty and dried out.
Make sure to always keep hard liquor at room temperature!
The extreme cold (or heat) can diminish their performance
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- Olive oil
Olive oil should be stored in a cool, dark place. You should not keep it in the fridge because it will condense and get a butter-like consistency.