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    Foods You Should Not Keep In Your Fridge

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    Foods You Should Not Keep In Your Fridge

    Post by Jan1 on Sun Jan 25 2015, 13:59

    Thought readers may be interested in an article I saw about certain foods that should not be kept in the fridge.

    1. Butter
    "One of the most-discussed foods in the food storage domain is butter. People have long debated whether or not and how long to keep butter out of the refrigerator. Butter straight from the fridge is too hard to spread, and what good is that? As with many culinary debates, there's not really a cut-and-dried answer. According to the USDA, you should store butter in its wrapper in the fridge and keep butter out only for 10 to 15 minutes before using, but some cooks will use butter after leaving it out for a week. Because butter is made from pasteurized milk, the chances of contamination are low, says cooking blog The Kitchn. There's always a risk, however. Salted butter, because of its salt content and water dispersion, runs a lower risk of spoiling and its salt helps keep bacteria away. Anything unsalted, whipped or "light" has a greater risk of contamination. In sum, while we can't recommend you keep butter out all week, you likely don't have to worry if you've left it out for a couple hours, so long as it's salted."

    2. Tomatoes
    "Tomatoes will lose all their flavor in the fridge. What's a bigger crime than that? The cold air in the fridge stops the ripening process, and ripening is what gives tomatoes more flavor. The fridge will also alter the texture of the tomato. According to Harold McGee's 'On Food and Cooking,' the cold temperature breaks down the membranes inside the fruit walls, turning it mealy. Keep tomatoes out in a bowl or basket on the counter."

    3. Basil
    "Basil will wilt faster if left in the fridge, and it will also absorb all the smells of the food around it. It's better to keep it out, sitting in a cup of fresh water, like cut flowers. If you want to store basil for a long time, Martha Stewart recommends blanching it and then freezing it."

    4. Onions
    "If you put onions in the fridge, the moisture will eventually turn them soft and moldy. Keep them in a cool, dry place."

    5. Avocados
    " If you want avocados to ripen, definitely don't put them in the refrigerator. However, if you've bought an already-ripe avocado that you don't want to use right away, that can go in the fridge"

    6. Garlic
    " Eventually, garlic will start to sprout in the fridge, and it may also get rubbery and moldy. You should instead keep garlic in a cool, dry place"

    7. Olive Oil
    "You should store olive oil in a cool, dark place, but not in the fridge, where it will condense and turn to a harder, almost butter-like consistency."

    8. Coffee
    " If you leave coffee in the refrigerator, it will lose its flavor and actually take on some of the odors in the fridge. You should store coffee in a cool, dark place, where it will retain its flavor and freshness. You can store larger quantities of coffee in the freezer, however."

    The above words from Alison Spiegel link here http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/08/foods-in-fridge_n_5280137.html?ir=UK+Lifestyle&icid=maing-grid7%7Cukt2%7Cdl3%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D323985

    All the above text was taken from the link I have given.

    My words now ..... what I do is
    1. butter, I store in the fridge in it's wrapper and then take out about 15 minutes before I want to use it
    2. tomatoes, buy a few at a time and use them at room temperature having put them on a bowl or container on the kitchen shelf
    3. basil, buy small amounts of fresh and use as required
    4. onions, buy a small pack at a time and keep on side in the cool and dry
    5. avocados, a great favourite ..... never keep them in the fridge and if I should buy them ripe eat them immediately
    6. garlic ...... I buy in small amounts and keep in the cool and dry
    7. olive oil, kept in a cupboard never a fridge
    8. coffee - always kept in the kitchen cupboard, can't imagine ever keeping it in the freezer

    Do other members do the same?

    All the best Jan
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    Re: Foods You Should Not Keep In Your Fridge

    Post by sanguine on Sun Jan 25 2015, 15:35

    I don't use the fridge for any of those except butter before unwrapping, then it stays out in the butter dish until it's used.
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    Post by Jan1 on Sun Jan 25 2015, 16:13

    Looking back before the days of the dreaded low fat spreads and margarines we always used to keep our butter in a 'purpose made' butter dish ...... there were stainless steel type ones and glass ones. They are available in the shops again but they did disappear for a time. Thank goodness we all started to see sense and now include butter in our daily lives. My mashed swede just wouldn't taste the same without butter.

    How does anyone else store theirs?

    All the best Jan
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    Re: Foods You Should Not Keep In Your Fridge

    Post by Paul1976 on Sun Jan 25 2015, 16:16

    @Jan1 wrote:Looking back before the days of the dreaded low fat spreads and margarines we always used to keep our butter in a 'purpose made' butter dish ...... there were stainless steel type ones and glass ones. They are available in the shops again but they did disappear for a time. Thank goodness we all started to see sense and now include butter in our daily lives. My mashed swede just wouldn't taste the same without butter.

    How does anyone else store theirs?

    All the best Jan

    I keep mine in a Tupperware box in the fridge and like you I take it out for about 15-20 minutes before using it. Smile


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    Re: Foods You Should Not Keep In Your Fridge

    Post by Avocado Sevenfold on Sun Jan 25 2015, 18:50

    Where are we with eggs? I don't think they should be kept in a fridge, so why do they sell fridges with egg holding shelves?

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    Re: Foods You Should Not Keep In Your Fridge

    Post by Sharon on Sun Jan 25 2015, 19:19

    keep my eggs on the kitchen side . used to have a deep dish with hen on top but it broke .
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    Re: Foods You Should Not Keep In Your Fridge

    Post by Jan1 on Sun Jan 25 2015, 20:51

    To reply to Avocado Sevenfold and Sharon ........

    Eggs !

    Where should we keep them ?

    I keep mine on the side, quite near the fridge but never in the fridge. I've always been told you shouldn't keep eggs in the fridge but I'm not sure where that originated from.

    Has anyone else views on this, or any of the other foods mentioned in the article Question

    All the best Jan
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    Re: Foods You Should Not Keep In Your Fridge

    Post by graham64 on Sun Jan 25 2015, 22:09

    I did read somewhere that eggs were best kept out of the fridge but if you do store them in the fridge it's better to keep them in the carton.

    Keep mine in the fridge but leave them in the carton.


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    Re: Foods You Should Not Keep In Your Fridge

    Post by mo1905 on Sun Jan 25 2015, 22:21

    Well, it appears eggs should be kept in the main area of the fridge ( not the door ), in their original container and with the fat end of the egg to the top !

    http://www.eggs.ca/eggs101/view/39/egg-storage-freshness-and-food-safety



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    Re: Foods You Should Not Keep In Your Fridge

    Post by sanguine on Mon Jan 26 2015, 07:45

    We just keep our eggs in the carton on the worktop - the turnover is pretty quick so they're not there long!
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    Re: Foods You Should Not Keep In Your Fridge

    Post by Two Collies on Mon Jan 26 2015, 08:25

    @mo1905 wrote:Well, it appears eggs should be kept in the main area of the fridge ( not the door ), in their original container and with the fat end of the egg to the top !

    In their original container! You want to put a hen in the fridge! Twisted Evil Shocked
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    Re: Foods You Should Not Keep In Your Fridge

    Post by mo1905 on Mon Jan 26 2015, 09:18

    @Two Collies wrote:
    @mo1905 wrote:Well, it appears eggs should be kept in the main area of the fridge ( not the door ), in their original container and with the fat end of the egg to the top !

    In their original container! You want to put a hen in the fridge! Twisted Evil Shocked

    Lol ! Good point !!!!!


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    Re: Foods You Should Not Keep In Your Fridge

    Post by AliB on Mon Jan 26 2015, 09:20

    Never put any of those in the fridge except butter - until its needed for use, in which case it jusr sits in a butter dish on the table until its gone and replaced by another one.

    Eggs sit in a basket by the hob. If you ever need eggs for baking they should always be at room temperature. Besides, eggs are designed to keep fresh for a long time. What on earth did people do before fridges were invented??
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    Re: Foods You Should Not Keep In Your Fridge

    Post by Eddie on Mon Jan 26 2015, 11:50

    @Two Collies wrote:
    @mo1905 wrote:Well, it appears eggs should be kept in the main area of the fridge ( not the door ), in their original container and with the fat end of the egg to the top !

    In their original container! You want to put a hen in the fridge! Twisted Evil Shocked

    So, Two Collies, using your convoluted logic, should I keep a cow in my fridge if I want to store milk. freakout


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