Have you been storing food WRONG?

Check out the foods That Should Be Refrigerated and The Ones That Shouldn’t be!

There are often a lot of debates about what should go in to a refrigerator and what should remain on the counter top. The most controversial of them being eggs—should they be preserved inside a fridge or not.

So, we have put together an extended list of what should go in to refrigerator and what needn’t and we back them with reasons and evidences so that you can make an informed decision.

Eggs

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Opinions are sharply divided on whether eggs should be stored in refrigerator or not. As per experts, eggs are better off inside refrigerator.

But they should not be placed on the door racks, but rather should be placed in the main body of fridge. This is because eggs when kept in door racks are subject to constant change of temperature from opening and closing the door, which leads to quicker rotting of eggs.

Raw left over egg whites and yolks should be placed in airtight containers and kept in refrigerator for a maximum of two days.

Cucumbers

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Keeping cucumbers in refrigerator could cause chill injuries, which makes the cucumber watery and mushy affecting the taste. So, its best to keep it in a cool dry place and consume it within 4-5 days from buying it.

Bread

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We are used to keeping bread in refrigerator even though we know that bread goes hard and stale in the cold temperature. A better alternative is to get an airtight breadbox from Tupperware for storing bread. If you plan to consume the bread in 3-4 days, you can keep it outside. But for extended life, especially in humid climate, you will have to keep the breadbox inside the refrigerator.

Tomatoes

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Putting tomatoes in refrigerator will cause them to lose flavor, texture and it stops the ripening process as well. So, for best results, keep it in a basket on the counter top.

Ketchup & Condiments

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A number of people keep ketchup and other condiments on countertop. In fact, earlier this year, there was a debate on Twitter on whether ketchup should be kept in fridge or not.
But according to food safety experts as well as Heinz, ketchup should be kept in refrigerator as its quality is affected by the storage conditions. Failing to store it in refrigerator could result in deterioration of quality due to its high acidic content.

Watermelon

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As per U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), watermelon, if unopened, is best kept at room temperature in order to preserve the level of anti-oxidants and beta-carotene. However, once sliced, it has to be covered and refrigerated.

Carrots

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Carrots, just like Cucumber go soft and soggy in just a few days when refrigerated. Hence, always keep it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.

Chocolate

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Most of us keep chocolate in fridge. But chocolates are found to absorb odour in the fridge and also, you might have observed that its taste changes when refrigerated. If you live in a warm place, try keeping chocolate in an airtight container.

Capsicum

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If you think keeping capsicum in refrigerator preserves it or extends its life, then its quite wrong. On the contrary the cold temperature wrinkles the skin and affects the taste. It is best to store capsicum in a dry and cool place.

Spices

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If you have large supplies of ground spices, then keep it in an airtight container in the back of the refrigerator. But don’t keep the smaller containers of spices for daily use inside refrigerator, as this will trap humidity due to constant opening and closing resulting in quick loss of flavor and aroma.

Apples

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Though not a necessity, there is nothing wrong in keeping apples inside refrigerator. But take care to keep it separate from other fruits as apples release ethylene gas, which could cause other fruits kept along to ripe faster.

Herbs

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The general tendency is to store herbs like coriander, mint and methi in the fridge. But herbs wilt faster when kept in fridge. Rather, place them with roots immerse in a water-filled glass or jar. If you want to store for longer period, then remove the root and store it in airtight container in refrigerator.

Jam

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Jams and jellies generally have preservatives in it. So, you can store them in room temperature, unless specified otherwise on the package.

Bananas

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People generally have a tendency to stock up on bananas and store them in fridge. Doing so will result in unripe bananas with skin getting brown and looking non-appetizing.

Nuts and Dried Fruits

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The unsaturated fat in nuts and dried fruits can go rancid when kept in fridge. So, it is best to store them in airtight container in refrigerator.

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