It isA�a standardA�belief that a colderA�surroundingsA�is alsoA�safer andA�moreA�sanitaryA�for our food ingredientsA�because thecoldA�helps in inhibiting the activity of micro-organisms andA�bacteriaA�which willA�spoil our food.A�whereasA�a part ofA�it’sA�true, some foods likeA�meatA�ought toA�be frozen, mostA�of usA�find yourselfA�applyingA�the sameA�ruleA�to all or anyA�our vegetables too.A�the properA�way toA�store our groceries depends onA�the kindA�of the vegetables in question. SomeA�couldA�thrive bestA�in acolder region,A�howeverA�othersA�got toA�beA�unbrokenA�in aA�heatA�place. HereA�areA�eight vegetablesA�you’ve beenA�wrongA�storingA�in theA�fridge,A�howeverA�thereA�areA�betterA�ways in whichA�to stayA�them.
UnripeA�tomatoesshould be kept at room temperature so as to allow them to develop more flavour and juiciness. Under extreme temperatures, they tend to lose their flavour. Once fully ripe, you can store them in the refrigerator in plastic bags but remember to leave them out for at least half an hour to bring them back to room temperature before using.
Unpeeled onions require air and exposure to survive. If you store in the refrigerator, they may end up turning mushy and soft due to the moisture. However, peeledA�onionsshould always be stored in the refrigerator. You can keep them out in the open but make sure they are away from light or place them in paper bags with holes in it.
- Nuts and dry fruits
A lot of people store nuts andA�dry fruitsA�in the fridge to prevent them from going rancid but it may actually do more harm than good. The cold temperature can ruin their nutty flavour and they may also end up absorbing the other odours lurking in the fridge. Place them in airtight containers and leave them out.
If you store garlic in the refrigerator, it may start to sprout and turn rubbery. Keep it in a cool, dry place.
You’ll ruin the lovely and aromaticA�basilA�leaves if your store them in the fridge. The cold temperature makes them wilt sooner and turns them dry. The best way to keep them is to soak them in a jar of water and leave them out.
They dona��t need to be refrigerated, just keep them in net bags. If you place them in cold temperatures, it will cause the starch to convert intoA�sugar. This may lead to discoloration on cooking. Keep them out of light and dona��t wash before storing. Dampness accelerates spoilage.
There’s no need to placeA�honeyin the refrigerator. It can stay smooth and fresh even when stored outside, but make sure it is tightly sealed. In fact, keeping it in the refrigerator may lead to crystallization.
- Olive Oil
You should never store olive oil or in fact other types of cooking oils in the refrigerator as the cold temperature may solidify them and turn them into a butter-like consistency. This specially goes forA�coconut oilA� Store them in a cool place somewhere in your kitchen cabinet but away from the heat,
A study, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, shows that storing watermelon or muskA�melonin cold temperatures can have a chilling effect on its nutrition value by affecting the its levels of antioxidant activity. It is best to keep them out on the fruit rack.
You’ve probably been storing your bread in the refrigerator up until now, but time to change. Keeping bread in the fridge can cause it to turn tough and chewy. The cold and moist temperature may also make the bread go stale more quickly.
Storing your ingredients in the right way can really help in preserving their quality,