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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Why You Should Never Refrigerate Coffee -- And These 9 Other Foods

Our natural instinct is to put everything in the refrigerator for safe keeping. But not all foods need to be refrigerated. In fact, these 10 foods should never be put in the refrigerator. Find out why.

10 foods to never refrigerate
  1. Coffee: Coffee kept in the refrigerator is affected by condensation, which also affects the taste of coffee. Keep coffee in the pantry.
  2. Honey: Like coffee, honey put in the refrigerator will change its chemical composition, making it thick and crystallized. Honey is one of those foods that can stay in the pantry for a long time.
  3. Bread: Freezing or refrigerating bread will change its taste and dry it out.
  4. Tomatoes: Tomatoes ripen when they are left out. Refrigerating tomatoes changes their taste and texture.
  5. Garlic: Garlic put in the refrigerator is more likely to develop mold. Keeping it stored loosely in the pantry will increase its lifespan.
  6. Potatoes: You can store potatoes in a cool place, but not in a cold place like the refrigerator. Cold air accelerates the conversion of starch to sugar in potatoes. Just put your spuds in a paper bag and keep them in a dark, cool place.
  7. Onions: Don't put your onions in the refrigerator, for the same reasons you should not refrigerate potatoes. Also, never store potatoes and onions together. It accelerates their deterioration.
  8. Avocados: Avocados, like tomatoes, ripen best when kept out in the open. One the avocado is ripe, you can put it in the refrigerator where it will last about a week.
  9. Basil: This tasty little plant will absorb other food tastes if it is put in the refrigerator. The best way to preserve basil is to store it in a cup of fresh water outside of the refrigerator.
  10. Olive Oil: Olive oil does not need to be refrigerated. Refrigeration makes it turn thick and unnatural. 
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