10 Foods You Should Never Refrigerate

The invention of the refrigerator is a true bless for us, as we get to keep most of our food in it without running the risk of it altering or getting any harmful bacteria. In spite of this fact, there are some foods that should not be kept in there, otherwise their texture and taste will get altered. Here are 10 foods you should definitely not store in the refrigerator:

foods that should not be refrigerated

  • Whole melons

Researchers have discovered that when they are stored at room’s temperature, melons will have a larger amount of antioxidants than when they are stored in the refrigerator. If the melon is sliced, you can store it at a cool temperature, but if it is whole, keep it at the room’s temperature.

  • Tomatoes

Tomatoes are best kept at room’s temperature and to speed up the ripening process, store them in a paper bag. Do not keep them in the fridge, as their membranes and the walls will be damaged. They will lose their flavor and become mushy instead.

  • Potatoes

If you choose to store them in the refrigerator, the cold temperature will lower the starch in them and make them sweeter than usual. This will result in an increased amount of acrylamide, a cancer-generating chemical. This chemical will be boosted when they are cooked.

  • Onions

Because of the high level of moisture in the fridge, onions will become moldy and soft. If they are sliced, you can store them in a container in the fridge for no more than a few days. Avoid plastic bags, as onions need the circulation of air.

  • Honey

There is absolutely no need to keep honey in the fridge. It will crystalize. Keep it fresh by placing it in a glass jar and avoid metal or plastic containers, otherwise the honey will oxidize.

  • Olive oil

Storing it in the refrigerator will cause it to change its consistency and become cloudy, thus affecting not only its flavor but also its quality. Keep it in a cool and dark-colored recipient and you can enjoy it for even 2 years!

  • Garlic

Garlic is not one of those foods that need to be kept in the refrigerator. On the contrary, keeping it in there will make it soft and start the deterioration process, by changing the flavor and consistency. Avoid direct sunlight and store them in a cool place.

  • Coffee beans

Naturally, coffee beans will absorb all the moisture from the environment they are stored in. This will cause them to change their flavor and aroma. They will also take the smell of other foods that are stored in the fridge.

  • Bread

Keeping your bread in the fridge will make it dry out much faster and get stale on a faster pace. Instead, keep it in a dry and cool place and avoid direct sunlight.

  • Stone fruits

They are those fruits that have really large pits and seeds. For instance, peaches or apricots enter this category. The cold temperature of the fridge will affect their quality and flavor and make them moldy.

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