In a recent blog on the official BioTrust website, Joel Marion discusses a few foods that he believes should stay out of the refrigerator. Despite what most people think, refrigeration can accelerate the spoiling of certain food items. Here are a few of the most common of these food items.
- Sweet Potatoes: The starch in these potatoes will actually transform into sugar if exposed to the cold temperatures of the refrigerator for too long. Not only does this lead to an increase in the item’s sugar content, but this also causes an alteration in its taste profile and texture.
- Avocados: Many associate avocado, given its taste, with the idea of freshness, and assume that it belongs in the fridge door. Don’t fall into this trap! Refrigeration interferes with the process of ripening in Avocados.
- Apples: If Apples are in the refrigerator, a loss in their intense flavor and crunchy texture will likely occur. If you are amongst the camp who enjoys your Apples on the colder side, you can try placing the fruits in the fridge a half hour or so before you plan on consuming them.
- Coffee: Room temperature storage is absolutely vital for allowing the beans’ natural oils to release the robust aroma. In fact, coffee beans tend to soak up all the odors that are in the fridge. So you certainly want to avoid this.
- Tomatoes: When placed in the fridge, tomatoes are susceptible to becoming mushy and losing their bright flavor profile. If you aren’t a fan of mushy and tasteless tomatoes, leave this one out of the refrigerator.
- Onions: Storing onions in your fridge is bad on two levels. Firstly, the taste and texture of the are corrupted by the cold. Secondly, the intensity of the onion’s flavor actually permeates the fridge and affects the flavor profile of the other items in your refrigerator.