Refrigerating foods can preserve their shelf life, but not all foods need to be refrigerated. Here are ten foods that don’t need to be refrigerated.
Apples can last up to two weeks at room temperature and retain more nutrients than when stored in the refrigerator. Moreover, apples emit a natural gas that can cause other fruits to ripen more quickly.
Cucumbers tend to become waterlogged and lose their flavor when stored in the fridge. It’s best to store them on your counter or in a pantry.
Ketchup can last a long time outside the fridge, thanks to its high preservative content. Mustard is another condiment that can stay outside the fridge, as it contains a natural acid that acts as a preservative.
Garlic is best stored in a specialized garlic jar or in a breathable nylon pantyhose. Storing it in the fridge can make it rubbery and even cause it to sprout.
Pickles contain natural preservatives, such as vinegar and salt, so they can last up to three years even after they’re opened. Although they can be stored in the fridge, it is not necessary.
Hot sauce also contains natural preservatives, like vinegar, and can be stored in a cool, dry place.
In some countries, eggs are not refrigerated in grocery stores or homes, but in the United States, it is recommended to store them in the fridge by the FDA.
Soy sauce can stay fresh for up to 18 months without refrigeration, thanks to its fermentation process.
Bananas retain their nutrients better when kept at room temperature. Refrigerating them can cause them to turn brown or black. If you want to preserve them, slice them into small pieces and freeze them.
Chocolate lovers may be disappointed to learn that storing chocolate in the fridge can cause it to lose its flavor and texture.
Knowing which foods don’t need to be refrigerated can save space in your refrigerator and ensure that these foods retain their flavor and nutritional value.
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