Healthy Eating/ 7 foods you should not refrigerate

Healthy Eating/ 7 foods you should not refrigerate

Healthy Eating/ 7 foods you should not refrigerate

 

We tend to think of the refrigerator as a tool to preserve food for as long as possible. With most foods, that’s true. Without the fridge we couldn’t keep meat, dairy products, or many types of produce in the house.

But as it turns out, there are certain foods that actually lose freshness in the refrigerator.  If you’ve been putting  in the fridge the following foods, you have probably never tasted a truly delicious one of these.

1.Potatoes

Patatoes are best stored in a cool, dark environment, but the refrigerator is too cold. The chill starts to break down the starch in the potatoes, causing a gritty texture that is unpleasant to eat.

2.Onions

Onions will spoil more quickly in the refrigerator than on the counter. They’ll get moldy and mushy before you know it. It’s best to store onions at room temperature, but keep them out of direct sunlight.

3.Melons

Whole melons, such as cantaloupe, watermelon, and honeydew, taste best when stored at room temperature.

Some research even suggests that refrigerating melon will degrade the antioxidant content more quickly, so eating it at room temperature makes that fruit healthier, too. After cutting, you can store melon in the fridge for about 3-4 days.

4.Honey

Honey will crystallize when kept in the refrigerator. It becomes grainy and virtually solid, so it is nearly impossible to use as well as unpleasant.

Honey keeps for a really long time as long as it is stored at room temperature. Honey that has solidified can be recovered by gently warming the bottle in warm water.

5. Nuts

Refrigerating nuts can extend their life by preventing the oils from becoming rancid. But even so, you won’t want to eat them chilled because they tend to lose their distinctive nutty flavor as well as absorb the odors of other food in the fridge.

It’s best to store nuts in an airtight container at room temperature. To revive nuts that have been refrigerated, you can toast them in a dry pan before eating.

6.Tomatoes

While a lot of produce does better in the refrigerator, tomatoes are best stored on the counter. Chilling whole tomatoes strips their flavor and makes the texture mealy.

If your tomatoes are under-ripe, put them on a sunny windowsill. If they begin to over-ripen it’s best to cook them, after which they can be stored in the fridge.

7.Apples

You can refrigerate your apples if you prefer them cold, but there is no need to. In fact, chilling them tends to break down their crispness.

Apples are a nice fruit to display on a table or counter for a couple of weeks. At that point, any that haven’t been eaten can be put in the fridge to extend their life a few days more.

/Kristiana Laska/

 

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