10 Foods You Should Never Refrigerate

10 Foods You Should Never Refrigerate10 Foods You Should Never Refrigerate
10 Foods You Should Never Refrigerate

When we bring home big and heavy bags of groceries, our first instinct is to just “put everything away.” Don’t be mistaken, this is a good idea when we bring home a bunch of perishable items.

Often, we’re programmed to shove things into our refrigerator. This makes sense on some level – the refrigerator is the usually the biggest appliance in the kitchen, and storing things in it is relatively easy. In some ways, this is a good habit. For example, the sooner we refrigerate perishable foods such as milk, eggs, cheese, butter and meat, the better.

However, not all foods are meant to be refrigerated. In fact, refrigerating the foods on this list can result in a bunch of undesired effects: bland taste, alteration of texture, reduced freshness, and even rotting.

HERE ARE 10 FOODS YOU SHOULD NEVER REFRIGERATE:

1. HONEY

When honey is refrigerated, the chemical makeup of the product changes, which completely alters the texture. After a while, the honey will become crystallized, stiff and thickened. Anyways, honey will stay good almost indefinitely when outside of the fridge. The best practice is to ensure that the products container remains tightly sealed.

2. TOMATOES

Tomatoes, when stored in the fridge, are exposed to cold air. When the cold air saturates the fruit, it halts the ripening process. Further, refrigeration alters the products texture and likely affects the tomato’s flavor. Simply put, store tomatoes outside of the refrigerator in their natural state.

3. GARLIC

Garlic is another food that is commonly refrigerated under the false impression that it will enhance the products lifespan. Actually, the opposite is true – it shortens lifespan. Refrigeration also stunts the products flavor, can cause mold to grow, and reduces the products usability. Instead, keep garlic stored loosely and make sure to consume any garlic within 10 days after the head is broken off.

4. COFFEE

Many people refrigerate or freeze coffee, thinking that it keeps the product fresh. Actually, this does nothing for the preservation. Additionally, refrigeration alters the coffees taste because of condensation. The best way to store coffee is in a tightly sealed container in the pantry or on a shelf.

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Article written by: Power of Positivity