Foods you don’t need to store in your refrigerator

By: Health Local Staff Jan 08, 2014
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Foods you don’t need to store in your refrigerator

Some foods are better stored outside the refrigerator, and here’s why.

Not all foods need to be stored in your refrigerator. We get in the habit of storing vegetables, fruits, and other foods in the refrigerator to keep them fresh and prevent spoilage. But sometimes the foods are better stored outside the refrigerator, and here’s why.

Coffee
Airtight containers are wonderful for storing ground or whole coffee beans. When housed in an airtight container, coffee can be frozen in large quantities or sat out on the counter. It is important to keep the coffee in a cool, dry, and even dark sport in the pantry or counter if left out. Coffee will stay fresh a month or more.

Garlic
If you store garlic in the refrigerator the bulbs may sprout, according to the CPMA. It is important to keep garlic in a dry and dark place in the pantry or shelf, and out of sunlight. A small container that is moisture free is great for storing garlic bulbs.

Honey
Honey is one of those foods that should never be refrigerated. According to Ontario beekeeper specialists, honey should be stored in tight containers at room temperature. The containers should be placed in a dry place, free from humidity and chill. Since honey contains a natural acidity and sugar content, crystallization will occur if kept in the refrigerator. When placed at room temperature in the pantry, honey can sit for indefinite periods of time without spoiling.

Onions
Peeled onions should be stored in the refrigerator, but whole or unpeeled onions may be kept in a cool and well-ventilated location that is free from moisture. Unpeeled onions need air exposure to promote an optimum shelf life. If you keep your onion out of the refrigerator, you just might get your money’s worth.

Pumpkins
Whole pumpkins should be stored on a dry, dark shelf or pantry. An area that is cool provides optimal storage for a pumpkin. Your best storage bet is in the basement, as long as the area is free from moisture. Pumpkins need a well-ventilated location, so basements are perfect for storage.

Tomatoes
Whole tomatoes do not need to be stored in the refrigerator. In fact, they may last longer outside the refrigerator. The Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers Association states that the cold air provided by the refrigerator can actually cause the flesh of the tomato to turn to mush at a higher rate than when stored outside the refrigerator.

Various fruits
Various fruits such as apricots, bananas, and kiwis do not need to be stored in the refrigerator when whole. Plums, peaches, and mangoes are better stored on the counter or in a bowl in the pantry until they are ripe enough to eat. These fruits retain their nutrients when stored outside the refrigerator. You will get the full benefit of these vitamin-rich fruits if they are stored on the shelf.

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