Apparently, the fridge is not your go-to storage tool for all foods.
Following on from our list of what foods should be stored in the refrigerator but the majority of us normally don’t, there is a surprising amount of food that some households keep in the fridge but in fact shouldn’t be there.
Here are some of the most common foods that are stored incorrectly.
Honey is one of the only foods that will never go off so there is no need to store it in the fridge. It will only cause it to go hard and crystallise. Heat will bring it back to normal.
2. Fresh Whole Garlic
Fresh garlic is better stored in a cool, dry place. People who cook with a lot of garlic tend to hang it in their kitchen. Keeping it in the fridge can turn it mouldy, rubbery and cause it to shoot. Crushed garlic in a jar should be kept in the fridge to retain freshness.
As tomatoes ripen, they gain more flavour. But did you know if you store your tomatoes in the fridge, this delays the ripening process? Avoid the fridge for fuller flavoured tomatoes.
4. Fresh Basil
I love fresh basil but unless I use it immediately, it tends to wilt almost immediately if I keep it in the fridge. The leaves can also absorb any nasty smells emanating inside the fridge.
Basil will last much longer in a glass of water at room temperature. Blanched basil can also be frozen for later use.
Bread should be kept in a bread box or out on your kitchen counter. It will normally remain reasonably fresh for up to four days. Storing bread in the fridge will make it go stale pretty quickly.
You can freeze bread for up to a month and pull it out as you need it. Just make sure it is completely wrapped to prevent any moisture getting in.
Although coffee beans may be stored in the freezer, they shouldn’t be stored in the fridge. The coffee beans will lose their flavour and may absorb odours from the fridge.
Store them somewhere dry and cool, preferably in a jar.
7. Olive Oil
If kept in the fridge, olive oil will thicken up and turn into a consistency similar to butter. It isn’t very nice to cook with.
Store it somewhere dry and cool instead, such as your pantry.
Bananas retain more nutrients for longer when left at room temperature to ripen. Pop them in a fruit bowl on your kitchen table as a healthy and colourful centre piece.
Potatoes are best stored in paper bags in a cool, dark place such as the bottom of your pantry. Remove them from plastic bags otherwise any trapped moisture may cause them to rot.
Do not keep them in the fridge as the cool temperature will cause the starch in the potato to turn to sugar, making them gritty.
Avocados shouldn’t be stored in the fridge as they will bruise more easily and turn bad quickly.
Once they are ripened and cut in half you can store them in the fridge until used (only for a day or two at most), but if unripened and unused it’s best to store them out of the fridge.