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Food Series - 1st of 3: Foods that You Should NOT Refrigerate

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

We all do our big weekly grocery shopping which usually turns out to be very chaotic, especially if you're dragging along three kids. While I'm on mat leave, I try to do my shopping with my infant only, while our nanny takes my son to an educational toddler class. But even that turns out to be a disaster every single week. There is something about grocery stores that she doesn't like;). When at work I always dedicated one weekly evening to grocery shopping with my oldest son. I would pick him up from daycare and we'd go grocery shopping. He'd be very excited to put all the fruits and veggies in plastic bags, then into the cart, and learn all their names while packing. It would be a practical and educational experience to look forward. With three kids, the excitement turned into dreading the grocery shopping trips. But, you do what you have to as a busy mama of three!

With bigger families, modern and advanced way of life allowed us to have bigger refrigerators to store more food without worrying about food going bad within 2 days, and dedicating 1 day a week to big grocery shopping trips. However, there are some foods that you should not refrigerate because your food will change flavour.

Here are 15 foods that people refrigerate, but shouldn't:
  1. Tomatoes - Do not store your tomatoes in the fridge because they will lose their flavour. Cold air tends to break down the membranes inside the tomatoes and turns them mealy. I recommend storing your tomatoes in a basket or a glass bowl on the kitchen counter.
  2. Basil - Basil is one of those herbs that easily take on smells of other foods surrounding it. Instead of keeping it in your fridge, try storing it outside in a cup of fresh water.
  3. Potatoes - Potatoes should be stored in a cool, not cold place. Potato starch turns into sugar more quickly if stored in a cold place. Instead, keep your potatoes in a paper bag in a cool and dry place. Don't keep your potatoes in plastic bags as they get less air there.
  4. Garlic - Cold temperatures will make garlic moldy. Keep your garlic in a cool, dry and dark place.
  5. Onions - Cold temperatures will make them moldy. Keep your onions in a cool, dry and dark place.
  6. Avocados - If you want your avocados to ripen, don't put them in the fridge. Otherwise, you can put them in the fridge.
  7. Olive Oil - In colder temperatures olive oil turns into a harder consistency.
  8. Bread - You should keep bread on your kitchen counter instead of the fridge. In the fridge, its flavour will dry out quickly.
  9. Coffee - Coffee will lose its flavour in the fridge, and may take on smells of other foods. 
  10. Honey - There is no need to store honey in the fridge; it may crystalize.
  11. Lemons, Oranges and Limes - Cold air can damage the quality of these fruits; store them on the kitchen counter instead.
  12. Pickles - Pickles are high in preservatives, especially in vinegar, so no need to store them in the fridge. If you want them cold, store them in your fridge door.
  13. Herbs - There is no need to kill the flavour of your freshly bought herbs by placing them in cold temperatures. Instead, put them in a cup of fresh water on your kitchen counter.
  14. Salad Dressings - Oil and vinegar based salad dressing can be stored outside the fridge. Yogurt or mayo based salad dressings should be stored in the fridge.
  15. Ketchup - Even if opened, Ketchup can be kept in the pantry. Ketchup contains large amounts of preservatives and vinegar (which is why you shouldn't be eating it in the first place; we stopped giving it to our kids for this very reason!). Think of those small ketchup packets in fast food restaurants.
Change your eating habits bit by bit for a better and healthier lifestyle.

Stay tuned for the next part of Food Series - Spicing Up Your Life!

Disclosure: All opinions are my own.

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