10 Things That Should Never Go In the Fridge
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June 09, 2014

10 Things That Should Never Go In the Fridge

After spending time in the grocery store, your sole goal when you get home is to get everything away as quickly as possible. You throw the pantry stuff in the pantry and cold stuff in the fridge and call it a day. But really what you are doing is creating an extra trip to the store a lot sooner than you’d like to go.
Believe it or not, you could be putting grocery items in your fridge incorrectly. All foods have unique molecular compositions. Some are full of starch and others gluten, and each food reacts differently to its environment. And while we see our refrigerator as a cold preservation box, it wasn’t designed to keep every food item fresh.
A refrigerator causes the molecular structure of certain foods to alter for two main reasons. The first is obvious: the extreme cold temperature. In the case of foods with starch and gluten (like bread), this sends food into a “retrogradation,” the process of starches converting and hardening into a stale state due to the cold. The other major factor is moisture, which not only changes the flavor of certain foods (such as tomatoes), but can also cause them to grow mold more quickly and change their natural consistency, rendering them useless.
To help you make sure that you save your food from an untimely death, we pulled together a list of grocery items that don’t belong in your fridge, no matter how cold you think they should be!

Bread
Because of bread’s unique molecular composition of starch and gluten, putting bread in the fridge will cause it to get stale six times faster. When bread bakes, its chemical composition automatically begins changing, the heat allowing the molecules in the dough to expand and form fluffy bread. As soon as it begins the cooling process, these molecules begin crystallizing and slowly revert back to a hardened state. Putting it in the fridge accelerates this process and makes it dry out.

Tomatoes
It may seem strange, but tomatoes belong on your countertop to be enjoyed at peak ripeness. Because they are such delicate fruits, their thin cell wall membranes get damaged at the cold temperature and affect taste.

Potatoes
Keeping potatoes in the fridge will not only cause them to sprout, it will cause them to convert their starch to sugar, altering their flavor and shelf life.

Onions
Due to their thin skin, onions do not have a lot of protection against the elements. The moisture from the cold in the refrigerator will make onions mushy and grow mold. 

Hot Sauce
Your hot sauce can live in your pantry for up to three years! Plus, it tastes better at room temperature, since the cold dulls the zesty zing of hot sauce.

Garlic
In the fridge, garlic will begin to sprout. It can become rubbery and doesn’t retain that potent flavor. Store it a dry place so it lasts longer.

Honey
Your honey will stay sweet if you keep it in your cabinets in a closed container. Moisture in the refrigerator will cause the quality to change in your honey and crystallization will eventually render the honey un-squeezable. 

Coffee
If you want your coffee to actually wake you up in the morning, keep it out of the fridge! Excessive heat, light, air, and most importantly, moisture, will cause the coffee to deteriorate. The National Coffee Association recommends that coffee drinkers invest in an airtight canister to keep their grounds fresh. [My daughter works for Stabuck's and she says they NEVER refrigerate their coffee; it keeps the fat from dissolving correctly when brewed, among other things. Air tight at room temperature is best type of container!]

Basil
In the fridge, basil leaves will turn super black and slimy. To keep them fresh for up to a week or more, trim the stems and place in a mason jar full of water with a plastic bag over the leaves.
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also,

it says on soy and worcestershire to refrigerate but i never had. never saw the point with the salt content.
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My cats, too, should never go in the fridge-even though one of them keeps trying. LOL
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If you get fresh from the nest eggs they also should not go in the frig.  You can keep fresh, unwashed eggs on your counter for about 3 weeks or so.  I had a hen who was hiding eggs outside during the hot summer and she had built up quite a stash.  About 2 weeks worth, in the hot of the summer and they were perfectly fine.  Once they have been refrigerated they need to stay that way.  But they taste better and work better in recipes if not put in the fridge.  Washing eggs isn't a good idea either as it removes the protective coating, opening up the pores in the eggs which can then let in bacteria. 
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(07-24-2014, 01:09 PM)Philomena01 Wrote: If you get fresh from the nest eggs they also should not go in the frig.  You can keep fresh, unwashed eggs on your counter for about 3 weeks or so.  I had a hen who was hiding eggs outside during the hot summer and she had built up quite a stash.  About 2 weeks worth, in the hot of the summer and they were perfectly fine.  Once they have been refrigerated they need to stay that way.  But they taste better and work better in recipes if not put in the fridge.  Washing eggs isn't a good idea either as it removes the protective coating, opening up the pores in the eggs which can then let in bacteria. 

Interesting!  I never knew that.

In this neck of the woods, most of the chickens we see must have some kind of major genetic defect or something, because they're always cold and they look like this:


[Image: prd645d6044-a0d0-4291-8c8a-776904af15ac.jpg]
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but but but momma always said to put everything in the fridge.
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(07-24-2014, 01:34 PM)J Michael Wrote:
(07-24-2014, 01:09 PM)Philomena01 Wrote: If you get fresh from the nest eggs they also should not go in the frig.  You can keep fresh, unwashed eggs on your counter for about 3 weeks or so.  I had a hen who was hiding eggs outside during the hot summer and she had built up quite a stash.  About 2 weeks worth, in the hot of the summer and they were perfectly fine.  Once they have been refrigerated they need to stay that way.  But they taste better and work better in recipes if not put in the fridge.  Washing eggs isn't a good idea either as it removes the protective coating, opening up the pores in the eggs which can then let in bacteria. 

Interesting!  I never knew that.

In this neck of the woods, most of the chickens we see must have some kind of major genetic defect or something, because they're always cold and they look like this:


[Image: prd645d6044-a0d0-4291-8c8a-776904af15ac.jpg]

ROFL!!!!

Seriously though, once washed an hour at room temperature for an egg is worth about 1 day in the fridge.
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(07-24-2014, 04:36 PM)PrairieMom Wrote:
(07-24-2014, 01:34 PM)J Michael Wrote:
(07-24-2014, 01:09 PM)Philomena01 Wrote: If you get fresh from the nest eggs they also should not go in the frig.  You can keep fresh, unwashed eggs on your counter for about 3 weeks or so.  I had a hen who was hiding eggs outside during the hot summer and she had built up quite a stash.  About 2 weeks worth, in the hot of the summer and they were perfectly fine.  Once they have been refrigerated they need to stay that way.  But they taste better and work better in recipes if not put in the fridge.  Washing eggs isn't a good idea either as it removes the protective coating, opening up the pores in the eggs which can then let in bacteria. 

Interesting!  I never knew that.

In this neck of the woods, most of the chickens we see must have some kind of major genetic defect or something, because they're always cold and they look like this:


[Image: prd645d6044-a0d0-4291-8c8a-776904af15ac.jpg]

ROFL!!!!

Seriously though, once washed an hour at room temperature for an egg is worth about 1 day in the fridge.

Who washes eggs, anyway??  Well, except right before busting them open, that is.
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I found this article very useful.  Thanks, Zedta. 
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(07-24-2014, 04:53 PM)J Michael Wrote: Who washes eggs, anyway??  Well, except right before busting them open, that is.

The eggs you buy in the store are washed. Otherwise, they would have a coating on them, which would ick most people out.

The eggs I buy from the farm are not washed, but hand-wiped. Similar, but sometimes still have residue on them.
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