Foods you should never put in the fridge

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Foods you should never put in the fridge

You get home from shopping and put everything in the fridge. You think that, in this way, the food will be much cooler (especially in summer) and will be better preserved. You’re wrong! Although the fridge is a great appliance (we could not live without it), not all products are suitable to be placed in it . And right now you will have been left in check and you will be asking yourself: Why? Well, very simple. The cold can accelerate the decomposition of some foods, making them go bad before their time. In addition, they can also lose their original flavor and nutrients if we put them in the refrigerator. Do you want to know what foods are these that we are talking about? Keep reading!

Products you should never store in the fridge

1 Bread

Do you usually put bread in the fridge? Mistake! This food stored in the refrigerator loses all its flavor and becomes hard more quickly. The best option is to store it in a cool, dry space wrapped in a cloth or cloth bag. Another possibility if you want to eat it later is to cut it into slices, put it in a plastic bag (which will keep its moisture) and then freeze it. Of course: once you take it out, you must let it thaw completely before toasting or eating it.

In the specific case of bimbo bread, you can keep it in the fridge as long as you put it in a bag so it doesn’t dry out.

2 Tomatoes

Did you know that tomatoes lose all their flavor when you put them in the fridge? They become more insipid and their texture becomes floury (the cold causes the rupture of their inner membranes). In addition, the low temperature makes it difficult to ripen! So now you know: if you like tasty tomatoes, forget about putting them in the fridge.

3 Garlic and onions

Garlic and onions in the fridge? Totally forbidden! These products, in addition to germinating small sprouts quickly, become moldy and soften in the refrigerator. The best way to store them, like bread, is in a cool, dry place. And pay attention to this: never think of keeping the potatoes and onions together. If you do, they will rot sooner since, when put together, they emit a gas that causes both to spoil.

As far as spring onions and chives are concerned, you can store them perfectly in the fridge due to their high water content.

4 Avocados

Most people believe that avocados, when ripe, will keep longer by putting them in the fridge. This is not the best solution! In fact, the only thing that the cold of the refrigerator will achieve is that they get hard right away and turn completely black. The best option to keep them? A cool place with little light.

5 Potatoes

Did you know that the cold in the fridge transforms potato starch into sugar? As a consequence, its flavor and texture are completely modified, becoming a sweet and somewhat floury food. It is best to keep  the potatoes out of the fridge in a paper bag as this will take much longer to rot.

6 Basil

You should treat the basil as if it were a fresh flower. For this reason, it is better to keep it out of the fridge (inside it it would wither quickly) put in a glass with fresh water. If your intention is to store it for a long time, experts recommend boiling it and then freezing it in small bags .

7 Chocolate

How many times have you put the chocolate in the fridge so it wouldn’t melt? A big mistake! Unless it has dairy filling or it is very hot, you should not leave it inside the refrigerator. The cold will cause a whitish layer to come out, which causes it to lose all its flavor and texture. Also, chocolate acts like a sponge with smells, so when you take it out of the fridge and eat it, you will most likely notice some of the flavors of the other foods you had in the fridge. And this is not very pleasant to say, is not it?

8 Tropical fruits

Fruits such as pineapple , banana or papaya should never be put in the fridge since low temperatures eliminate the enzymes that make them ripen. This type of tropical fruit is used to high temperatures, so you can keep them perfectly in places with temperatures above 10 degrees .

9 Ham

Ham in the fridge loses its flavor and texture. The best way to preserve it is to always keep it at room temperature.

10 Honey

Do you know what happens if you put honey in the fridge? Which crystallizes Yes, yes, as you read it. Therefore, the best way to store it is in a well-closed container outside the refrigerator. Thanks to its high concentration of sugars and its low water and hydrogen peroxide activity, honey is perfectly preserved in this way. Take note!

11 Dry cheese

Most people think that putting dry cheese in the fridge is the best alternative. It is not like this! The cold makes it more insipid and modifies its flavor. The best option for preserving Manchego or Parmesan-type cheeses is to keep them at room temperature inside an airtight container.