The refrigerator is the perfect friend that helps us to protect our food from spoiling. Whatever the temperature is, we just think of how to prepare our favorite recipes, since the ingredients are already safe inside this white body. But, do all foods really keep their freshness inside it? Does the fridge protect any kind of food?
The answer is No! In spite of that many foods need cold storage, there are some others which do not accept to be chilled as their flavor and texture will be altered!
Here Are 10 Foods that Fare Best Outside of the Fridge:
1- Unsterilized Eggs:
Concerning eggs, there exist two opposing views and it seems that both are right in some sense. When Americans tend to wash eggs and display them in the refrigerators, Europeans, as well as the rest of the world, display unwashed unrefrigerated eggs in food markets.
According to American experts, the reason behind washing eggs is, besides providing the cleaner look, avoiding the risk which can come from salmonella (a bacterial disease basically linked to foods of animal origin such as eggs).
Contrarily, Europeans believe that washing eggs make them permeable to different kind of bacteria since the protective egg cuticle is affected and becomes poor. Even some American specialists especially the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) advise keeping eggs unwashed at room temperature if brought from farms and not from supermarkets. They explain that water causes bacteria to get into the egg pore. The case, thus, is not like the ones displayed in food markets refrigerators which go through a complex process of selecting, washing, transporting, and storing.
So, the decision should be taken like this:
If you buy eggs that are displayed in markets refrigerators (sterilized eggs), keep storing them in your fridge.
If you buy unrefrigerated, unsterilized eggs, just keep them at room temperature.
The refrigerator is one of the worst ways to preserve your bread. At low temperatures, the bread’s life cycle goes faster than if we put it at room temperature. That is to say, the starch molecules in the bread which change their form under the heat of the baking process, start to return to their original state as well as the bread comes out of the oven, and the cold air inside the fridge will dry it out faster and speed up its staling process.
Keep the bead, at room temperature, away from air and light. It can stay fresh for two or three days when kept on your counter wrapped in plastic.
3- Olive Oil:
Do not let your fridge to ruin your favorite oil. Do not chill it because it will crystallize and lose freshness. The fresher your olive oil is, the more flavorsome and aromatic it is! Also, avoid storing it in plastic, copper, or iron cans that will cause toxic chemical reactions! Avoid this common kitchen mistake!
You should know that too much cold blocks the aromas of the coffee. Moreover, the fridge is damp and full of odors that will certainly damage its characteristics. Also, when you frequently take the coffee out of the fridge, it gets stale because of temperature changes. Scott McMartin, the famous Starbucks taster, explained: “The cell structure changes, which causes a loss of the oils that give coffee its aroma and flavor.”
So, Never put coffee in the fridge, even if you are using an airtight container. The best place to store it is a cupboard that is dark, dry, and cool. Save your favorite coffee’s freshness and flavor.
Potatoes should never be placed in the fridge. The cold temperature causes the starch in the veggie to turn into sugar faster! The taste, therefore, changes to be sugary more than normal! If you want your potatoes to remain fresh and tasty, the place to store should be a well ventilated, cool, and dark drawer. Avoid, also, to store them in plastic bags!
Honey contains high amounts of sugar, and can not be stored in the refrigerator. At low temperatures, it will crystalize and lose its natural liquid nature! Its quality can be affected, too!
Store your honey in a tightly sealed container, and keep in a dark cool location. Be sure that it can last for centuries without spoiling! This natural sweetener never expires, when stored properly. Medical Daily says that “Storage Is Key.”
Storing garlic in the fridge is a big kitchen mistake that you should avoid! The cold environment helps the growth of mold on the inner layers of bulbs. Accordingly, the quality of garlic after it is refrigerated is not quite as good as it is fresh. It loses flavor and ruins the taste.
You can put the garlic in mesh or paper bags, and safely store them in a dry and dark place at room temperature.
Like potatoes and garlic, all varieties of onions do not accept humidity at all. The fridge is cold and moist, and such sensitive foods get moldy more quickly. So, they need to be kept in a dry-warm place such as a cupboard, to remain fresh and flavorsome.
Also, onions should not be stored with potatoes in the same place, since they will affect one another and cause a quick spoiling.
9- Unripe Bananas:
When kept inside the refrigerator, bananas will not ripen and their skin will turn black! According to ‘A moment of science‘, the enzymes in the fruit leaks out of the cells, affected by the cold temperature, and the skin, therefore, goes black.
Keep your bananas at room temperature to finish the ripening process naturally! And, if you notice that they are completely ripe, then you can store them in the refrigerator.
Tomatoes need to finish their ripening in order to preserve the taste and the original smell. They should not, thus, be stored in lower temperatures which stop this ripening process (the ripening enzymes break down below 4ºC).
Do not let the cold air damage your tomatoes’ texture, and to make them floury and softer. keep these delicate fruits, out of the fridge, in a dry-warm area. And, if you decide to use them in a salad, for example, chill them for a while.
So, Your fridge is not always a suitable place to store your favorite foods. Some of them fare best when kept in your counter or your pantry.
Store your food correctly!