Quite a number of us think that the refrigerator is the best place to keep perishable foods, meats fresh and free from moulds. Yeah,  that is true but while some foods absolutely require refrigeration, many don’t, and others that should be left at room temperature. Gone were the days when people used to preserve food with snow and ice but the production of refrigerator. Read on to find out 11 foods that do better if you skip the fridge (we think you’ll be surprised with some foods) let’s go…

 

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Basil

Basil grows just fine on a sunny window sill so why keep it in a fridge? Basil wilts in cold temperatures and absorbs other food smells. So after trimming off its ends, store it in a glass or mason jar filled with fresh water and place it on your counter like you will do for fresh flowers.

 

 

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Whole (Uncut) Melon

This may come as a surprise as it is always nice to enjoy a nice cold juicy slice of melon (watermelon, cantaloupe or honeydew) on a hot day, but they can lose some  antioxidants whiles in the fridge. In addition, keeping these mega fruits in the refrigerator halt the ripening process, meaning they won’t be as tasty as if they’d been kept at room temperature. Hence, matured honeydew and cantaloupe needs to be left out in order to properly ripen with the exception of watermelon which does not continue to ripen after harvest. The good news is that, once they are ripe and cut open, they can be stored in an airtight container (to preserve their taste) in the fridge for up to three days, so go on and enjoy your cold cut melons.

 

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Honey, Maple Syrup

Due to its high sugar content, honey, maple syrup needs no refrigeration. If you refrigerate honey, it will begin to crystallize and nobody wants crystallized honey  in their teas, or food. Store them at room temperature and out of direct sunlight. If you already made the mistake of refrigerating it, don’t toss it out. Place the honey bottle in a pan of hot (not boiling) water until it returns to its liquid state.

 

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Bananas

Storing banana in the fridge depends on whether they are ripe or not. Being a tropical fruit, bananas are unable to ripen under cool temperatures in the fridge. Keep unripe bananas out of the fridge, store them out on the counter. Once ripe, you can store them in the fridge. Peel and freeze overripe bananas for smoothies and banana bread.

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Avocados

Many avocados available at the grocery are green and hard, and need a couple days to ripen before they’re ready to eat. Like bananas, storing them in the refrigerator halts the ripening process so never store them in the fridge. Store whole unripe berries (yeah, the green superfood is technically a berry)  on the counter. If they are already ripe, then you can refrigerate it.

 

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 Potatoes

Yes, potatoes are supposed to be kept in a cool, dark place but not in the fridge. Refrigeration causes the starch in potatoes to change into gooey sugar. For the best flavor and texture, Just keep them in a well-ventilated basket or a paper bag with punched holes, out of direct sunlight.

 

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Onions, Shallots, Garlic

Storing these pungent alliums in the refrigerator will not only impart their smell onto other foods, but will also break down their fibrous structure, leaving them mushy and prone to mould growth. Store onions in a well-ventilated, dark and cool (not cold) place away from potatoes because onions emits gases that hastens sprouting in potatoes.  

 

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Eggs

Yes this may also come as a surprise to many of us. To refrigerate or not to refrigerate? There are a lot of controversies around it. In Europe, they do not refrigerate eggs, but in North America they do. A general rule is, if you buy eggs in the refrigerated section, keep on refrigerating them.

 

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Peanut Butter

Peanut butter will get dry and hard if kept in the fridge and no one likes rock hard peanut butter that won’t spread or do you? It is best kept at room temperature to retain its smooth and creamy texture.

 

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Tomatoes

If you don’t want to loose the taste and flavor of your fresh tomatoes, don’t put them in the fridge. Once harvested, tomatoes continue to ripen and develop flavor but only when kept at room temperature. Refrigerating them will slow that process down. Store fresh tomatoes on the counter out of direct sunlight. If you grow your own tomatoes, snip off a bit of the vine when harvesting. The attached vine helps keep the tomato fresh longer and gives it better flavor.

 

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Open Can Foods

Once opened, don’t store a partially filled food can in the refrigerator. While the cold temperature will keep the product from spoiling for a little while, the food can develop a metallic taste due to metal acids that leach into the food from the can itself. The best way to store unused canned food, is to transfer it to a separate airtight plastic food container and then refrigerate.

 

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