Modern refrigeration has become a substantial practise in every kitchen and household. But did you know that keeping some foods in the refrigerator is not a good idea as cold can break down the cell walls in fruits and vegetables which may turn them mealy, change their flavour, reduce their nutritional quality and accelerate the spoiling process? Here are some foods that you have been storing in the fridge, when actually you should be keeping them out.
When you store tomatoes in the fridge, they tend to lose all their flavour and become mealy. The cold air in the fridge stops the ripening process and alters texture of the tomatoes. Therefore, you should keep tomatoes out in a bowl or basket on the counter instead of storing them in the fridge.
Storing potatoes in the fridge will turn the starch into sugar more quickly making it sweet and gritty. Instead of storing potatoes in the fridge, keep them in a paper bag in a cool place. Using paper bag instead of plastic is better as the former is more breathable and the potatoes won't rot fast in it.
If you keep onions in the fridge, moisture will turn them soft and moldy. Keep them in a cool and dry place. Make sure you keep onions separate from potatoes as potatoes tend to release moisture and gases that can cause onions to rot.
Avocadoes ripen best at room temperature, thus you don’t need to put them in the refrigerator. However, if you have bought an already-ripe avocado that you do not want to use right away, you may store it in the fridge but not for long as the cooling can cause it to spoil rapidly.
Storing garlic in fridge not only reduces its flavour but also affects its lifespan. The refrigerated environment will start sprouting in the garlic and cause mold to develop. Instead of storing it in the fridge, keep garlic in a paper bag and in a cool, dark spot.
Keeping bread in the fridge causes it to dry faster. You should keep bread out if you intend to eat it within four days and wrap the rest before keeping it in the refrigerator as it will help in retaining moisture.
If you keep coffee in the refrigerator, it will lose its flavor and may actually take on some of the odours from other foods stored in the fridge. You should store coffee in a cool, dark place to retain its flavour and freshness. Larger quantities of coffee can be stored in the freezer. Image Source: Getty