Ten ingredients that do not require refrigeration….
For many of us, our first thought to refrigerate everything we eat, but not everything requires refrigeration. It can often speed up the aging process for certain ingredients. According to “Epicurious” the following 10 ingredients are better off in the pantry, not the fridge.
- Tomatoes – Wrap your sliced tomatoes in plastic and keep them on the countertop for eating the same day, otherwise store in the refrigerator and use as soon as possible.
- Onions – These are gross when they’re mushy and that is exactly what refrigeration can do before the first cut. Once cut, refrigeration, airtight bags and plastic wrap are ok.
- Garlic – Do you really want your garlic to sprout because this is what happens when cloves are refrigerated. Store in a cool, dry place.
- Bread – While bread is great when toasted the drying that occurs from refrigeration is not. Freezing is ok but make sure loaves are tightly wrapped and sealed.
- Potatoes – All you need is a paper bag, they keep nicely this way.
- Honey – Refrigeration makes it crystallize and it stiffens to the point where it becomes impossible to use.
- Basil – It smells great when fresh but the fridge makes it wilt. Treat it like flowers and keep it in a glass of water.
- Unripe fruit – Refrain from storing in the fridge until it ripens then it is okay to store but use immediately.
- Oils – Keep them in a cool (not cold) dark place
- Coffee – Storing in the refrigerator makes the beans lose flavor and they can absorb the odors of other stored items. Imagine your morning java tasting like last night’s salmon and garlic mashed potatoes; add cream and sugar…….YUCK!!!!
For you hot sauce lovers, the spices and preservatives make this safe to store in your pantry.