12 Foods You Should Not Keep In The Fridge For Long Period Of Time

The refrigerator has been one of the leading storage facilities in the world for some decades now. In food preservation, it is believed that it is one of the most effective means of food preservation and it does this by using low temperatures to keep food items from undergoing some of the processes that culminate in food spoilage. Bad bacterial growth is therefore slowed down considerably, allowing the food to last longer.

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While a range of food items can be preserved using the refrigerator, it has been observed that using the refrigerator as a means of food or preservation for some foods may not be ideal considering the effect the refrigerator may have on the food. Unfortunately, many of us are ignorant of some of the foods that are not meant to be stored in the refrigerator. This article would be considering some of such foods as we look at twelve (12) food items not to keep in the fridge.

The foods are examined below:

1. Onions

Onions are one of the most popular flavour-adding food items on the planet and are a regular addition to many dishes. However, they should not be kept in the refrigerator as the humidity of the refrigerator can make them mushy or mouldy. It is recommended that once cut open, onions should be stored where there’s good aeration and direct sunlight should be avoided.

2. Tomatoes

Storing tomatoes in the refrigerator is not a good idea as the refrigerator has certain undesirable effects on this popular food item. Refrigerating your tomatoes will lead to the degradation of their texture and flavour, thereby making them dull and mealy.

3. Berries

Berries such as blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are repositories of many desirable nutrients. However, it is believed that they should not be kept in the refrigerator, but rather consumed as soon as they are acquired as they can easily become soggy or mouldy when stored in the refrigerator, making them lose some of their important nutrients.

4. Avocados

Avocados can be kept in the refrigerator, albeit temporarily as this can significantly affect their texture. Keeping avocados in the refrigerator for a long time can make them lose their creamy status, thus, they are best enjoyed at room temperature.

5. Apples

It is recommended that apples should be kept in open, well-aerated places instead of the refrigerator. This is because the cold air in the refrigerator is capable of breaking down its crispy texture. However, if you’ve cut your apples already, you can keep them in the fridge for a few weeks

6. Nuts

While refrigeration can help prevent the natural oils in nuts from going rancid, nevertheless, it is recommended that nuts such as peanut, walnut, Brazilian nut and hazelnut should not be kept in the refrigerator as the cold temperature can reduce their flavour, and the nuts can absorb certain odours in the fridge.

7. Bread

Bread is one of the most popular food items and it represents a fast dietary option for many people. While you may be tempted to store it in the refrigerator, it has been observed that the refrigerator may dry out your bread. Instead, you should store your bread on the counter or any open place.

8. Garlic

It is recommended that once the head of your garlic has been broken, the cloves should be used within ten (10) days. This will help preserve the flavour that is associated with garlic, which might not be the case when garlic is preserved in the refrigerator.

9. Coffee

Coffee is another food not to store in the refrigerator as the cold temperature-induced humidity in the refrigerator can lead to a buildup of watery conversation which may be bad for the flavour of your coffee. Alternatively, you can store your coffee in an airtight container.

10. Honey

Instead of keeping your honey in the refrigerator, it is recommended that you store it at room temperature as the cold environment of the refrigerator can lead to the crystallisation of honey, causing it to seize up.

11. Potatoes

Your potatoes are not meant for cold storage as the cold temperature in the refrigerator would lead to a breakdown of the starches in the potatoes. This, in turn, would make the potatoes gritty and unpleasantly see.

12. Melon

Melons such as watermelon and cantaloupe are thought to be best stored at room temperature as this helps to preserve their powerful antioxidant compounds. If they are cut and will be stored in the refrigerator, their stay in the refrigerator should not exceed three to four days.

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