Most of us use a refrigerator with little knowledge about the types of food that should be stored in it and what should not. A lot of times, we refrigerate food that should actually be kept on the counter or in the pantry. Here are 10 foods you should never refrigerate.
When exposed to moisture, the starch breaks down and becomes increasingly amorphous. This causes the bread to dry out quickly. Plus, it actually gets stale faster.
2. Coffee Beans
Coffee beans are hygroscopic in nature. They easily absorb moisture from the surrounding area. Moisture will affect the aroma and flavor of coffee beans.
If garlic bulbs or garlic cloves are refrigerated, the cold temperature is likely to cause them to soften and start deteriorating. It will even change the consistency and flavor.
Extreme cold or hot temperatures can spoil the taste and texture of honey. When exposed to cold temperature, honey may begin to crystallize.
5. Olive Oil
Refrigeration can cause olive oil to become cloudy, which affects the quality and flavor. Very low temperature causes the oil to condense and take on a harder consistency.
Onions too should not be stored in the refrigerator. Due to moisture, onions will turn soft and moldy.
Keeping potatoes in the refrigerator will make them sweet. The cold temperature breaks down the starch in potatoes, thus increasing their sugar content.
8. Stone Fruits
Cold temperature and humidity can quickly affect the quality and flavor of stone fruits, and turn them into a moldy mess.
Tomatoes lose their flavor and texture when refrigerated. Cold temperature damages the membranes along the fruit’s walls, making them lose flavor and become mushy.
10. Whole Melons
Whole melons should not be stored in the refrigerator. When stored at room temperature, watermelons have more antioxidants than when stored in the refrigerator.