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Foods That You Don't Actually Need To Keep In The Refrigerator

Posted on 19 April, 2020 at 14:35

Foods That You Don’t Actually Need To Keep In The Refrigerator

While meat and dairy products need to be refrigerated to keep from molding or going bad, there are other foods that should never be refrigerated. A refrigerator is a very specific, cool, dark environment that isn’t hospitable for every kind of food item. After reading this article, you might need to make some more space in your pantry.


Keep reading to find out where you should really be storing your condiments, pineapples, and dark chocolate.


You’ll be clearing out your fridge in no time


Keep Apples Out Of The Cold

Apples can last a week or two at room temperature, but they start to get mealy very quickly if you keep them in the fridge. Also, apples can cause other fruits to ripen faster because of the natural gas that they emit. You don’t want to trap all of that gas in your fridge with your other perishables.



Cool As A Cucumber Is Just A Saying

Cucumbers do not do well when they’re left in the fridge. They can quickly become waterlogged and lose a lot of their flavor. Instead, store your cucumber on your counter or in a pantry. Just don’t forget that you left it there. You don’t want to find a rotten cucumber in your pantry later on.


If you want your cucumbers to be cool because you want to put them on your eyes, then you can leave them in the fridge momentarily or store slices of cucumber in ice water.


Eggs Aren’t Kept In The Fridge In Some Parts Of The World

In some countries, eggs aren’t kept in the refrigerator in grocery stores or in people’s homes. That’s how it’s done across the pond in the UK. A study recently uncovered there found that it actually makes no difference whether or not you store your eggs in the fridge, so you might as well save yourself some fridge space.


Not so in the US! Please keep in mind that the FDA recommends that eggs be kept in the fridge, however. It’s best to read the full precautionary statement before quitting the fridge on this one.


Ketchup Doesn’t Need To Be In The Fridge

Contrary to popular belief, ketchup doesn’t actually need to be stored in the fridge, even after the bottle is open. That’s why all of those diners can just leave glass bottles of ketchup out on the tables for hours at a time.


Soy Sauce Doesn’t Go In The Fridge

Soy sauce can live just fine in a pantry for up to a year and a half. It doesn’t need to be refrigerated because it’s fermented. The fermentation process both makes the sauce delicious and allows it to stay fresher for longer.


Keeping soy sauce for longer than a year and a half might change the flavor of the sauce a little bit, but it should still be good to eat.


Keep Bananas Out In The Open

Bananas hold on to their nutrients better when they are kept out of the fridge. Cold temperatures actually slows down the ripening process (as we saw with the avocados). But there is also a lot of moisture in most refrigerators which can cause bananas to turn brown or even black.


If you really want to keep bananas around for a long time, slice them into small pieces and store them in plastic bags in the freezer. Frozen bananas are perfect for smoothies.


Hot Sauce Likes It Hot

When it comes to any kind of hot sauce, you have to remember that these products have a pretty long shelf life. They’re full of natural preservatives like vinegar and they often don’t contain very many actual fruits or vegetables.


You should store hot sauce away from direct sunlight and keep it in a cool, dry place like a pantry or a cupboard. If you’re a hot sauce fanatic, you might just want to leave it on the table because you know you’re going to use it again with your next meal.


Pickles Are Preserved

Pickles are full of natural preservatives like vinegar and salt, so you don’t need to store them in the fridge. They can stay out of the fridge for three years even after they’re opened. If you really like cold pickles, you can leave them in the fridge, but you don’t have to store them in the fridge.


Chocolate Doesn’t Belong In The Fridge (Sorry)

I know a lot of people absolutely love cold chocolate, but the ideal temperature for chocolate is actually between 65 and 68°F, which is much warmer than the average refrigerator.


Only store your chocolate in the fridge if you live in a very warm part of the world and your chocolate is at risk of melting completely. If you really love freezing cold chocolate though, I’m not going to stop you from eating it that way.

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