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There are many methods available to store your food. When storing or preserving  our foods, everybody expects to bring it out still fresh. Without the various methods of food storage available, micro organisms around wont hesitate to pounce on your food and in no time it will go bad. This is because the micro organisms end up decomposing the materials that makes up the food and make them smelly when they empty their guts on them. The various methods of food storage includes:

  • Salting
  • Drying
  • Canning
  • Freezing

Among all these techniques of food storage, freezing is the most efficient. The cold condition inside a refrigerator will make  foods inhabitable for micro organisms. Chances are that you have being throwing anything you wanted to preserve inside the refrigerator. But some foods never belong in your refrigerator. They would strive better either being left alone or preserved in any other way.Here are 10 foods you shouldn’t store in your refrigerator.

 

  • TOMATO

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Tomatoes will loose all their flavors in the fridge. The cold air in the fridge stops the ripening process of the tomato, and the ripening is what gives the tomato its flavor. The cold temperature also alter the shape, and texture. It also shatters the membranes inside the fruit wall and makes the tomato so soft. Tomatoes are best stored by keeping them in a bowl and left on the counter where fresh air can touch them.

 

  • ONIONS

Onions is best stored in a cool and dry place where air will be reaching them. If  they are stored in the refrigerator, the moisture will turn them soft and moldy.

 

  •  AVOCADO

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Avocado’s are usually bought unripe so that they can stay for long before being eaten. But when you put the unripe avocado in a refrigerator, the cold air will hinder its ripening.  However, an already ripped Avocado can go into the refrigerator because that is the only place that can quench its ripening process.

 

  • BREAD

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The refrigerator will dry up your bread quickly. Bread is best kept out on the counter or inside the freezer. Bread in the freezer should be wrapped so as to retain moisture. Then when you want to use your bread, allow it to thaw completely before eating.

  • COFFEE

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If you leave coffee in the refrigerator, it will forfeit its flavor for the odor in the fridge. It is perfectly stored in a very cool dry place.

 

  • HONEY

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Have you heard that honey can never spoil? Consider it like salt, it will stay forever fresh if it is tightly sealed.  keeping honey in your refrigerator cause its crystallization.

 

  •  OLIVE OIL

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Olive oil among others should aslo be stored in a cool dry place. Storing Olive oil inside the refrigerator will make it to condense, and it will look more thicker or even like a butter.

 

  • GARLIC

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Garlic with its odor can affect the aroma of every other product in the refrigerator. It will grow more moldy . It is best stored in a cool, dry place.

 

  • POTATO

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Potatoes will fend better if stored wrapped in paper and kept in a cool, dry but dark place. Keeping a potato in the cold temperature of your refrigerator will turn its starch into sugar more quickly, so that you’ll be left witha sweet, gritty potato.

 

  • WATER MELON

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watermelons will loose some of their antioxidant (lycopene and beta-carotene) content when refrigerated. “Antioxidants in foods, like water melon can be degraded if they are not stored properly, leaving whole melons on the counter at room temperature to maintain these antioxidants is the best idea.

Finally, for those fruits that will require to be left alone to ripen, such as banana, plantain, etc. It is best if they are left outside the refrigerator but immediately they ripen, they can be put inside it. This is because when inside the refrigerator, ripening stops.

 

It is now your turn, any other food you think it shouldn’t preserve in the refrigerator. Use the comment box to add yours with reason.

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