Do you put all the groceries in the fridge when you come home from the supermarket? Careful - there are foods that don’t belong in the fridge. The cold breaks down their structure and harms the taste and composition. Which ones are they?
Bananas in the fridge turn black in a few hours. Cold does not do them well. You should leave them in a bowl in the kitchen or put them in the pantry. There is a simple rule - the lower the room temperature, the longer the bananas will remain yellow.
Neither oranges, grapefruits, lemons or limes enjoy the cold. In a fridge, their skin dries out very quickly. The citrus fruits thus lose their typical flavour, scent and valuable vitamins. Instead, put them in a basket in the room or pantry - like apples ad bananas.
Tomatoes fare best in the pantry in a wicker basket. If you put them in the fridge, you will ruin their internal structure. This stops them from ripening and you will miss out on the full flavour. The cold also changes the consistency of tomatoes - they tend to be soft, dull and floury.
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Do you put onions in the fridge for fear of them getting mouldy? That is exactly what will happen in the cold and humidity. Instead, store onions and shallots along with potatoes and garlic – ideally in a dark and dry place. Humidity and direct sunlight are not good for onions.
Potatoes should also be stored in a cool and dry place. The best place is the cellar. If you don’t have one, place the potatoes in a breathable basket in the pantry. But definitely avoid the fridge. Cold breaks down the starch in potatoes, significantly altering their taste and consistency.
This natural sweetener is full of nutritious substances. Cold kills them. What’s more, honey gets sugary much faster in the fridge. Instead, place it in the pantry with tins and other durable food products. Honey prefers a lower room temperature.
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7. Olive oil
Placing olive oil in the fridge is positively sinful. It solidifies very quickly and the consistency and taste become more similar to lard than oil. You can still you it for cooking, but it simply should not be stored in the fridge. A cool, dark and dry place is ideal.
Final bonus tip: Storing mushrooms
Have you brought home a great harvest from the forest and are unsure what to do with it? Fresh mushrooms can go in the fridge, but be sure to eat them ideally by the next day. No later than within 48 hours. Otherwise, substances that cause unpleasant digestive problems multiply in them. You can place mushrooms cut into little pieces in the freezer. They will last several months.
Are you wondering whether or not other foods belong in the fridge? Write in the comments and we will advise.