Pretty much everything goes into the fridge
once you have one. Most people think that all perishables should be
stored in the fridge including condiments. This is not true because you
may be doing more harm than good if you refrigerate some foods and
fruits. Before the advent of refrigerators, there were foolproof methods
of storing foods for long periods of time. It might be better to tap
into those methods rather than cramping everything into the fridge.
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Groundnuts, cashew nuts, walnuts, kola nuts and even tiger nuts are
meant to be stored in cool dark places, not in freezing temperatures.
Storing nuts in the refrigerator might accelerate the process of
spoilage, encouraging the nuts to become soggy and susceptible to mold.
Groundnuts particularly can stay for longer periods of time if they are
simply put in air-tight containers away from moisture.
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Would you store yam or cassava in the refrigerator? Then you should
not store potatoes in there simply because their skin is neater or they
are smaller to pack in. Potatoes need an airy space above the ground as
an ideal environment for long periods of storage.
Honey is best at room temperature, but some people believe the
misconception that it can last longer in the fridge. Storing honey in
the fridge will only allow it to crystallize, losing its natural
freshness. Honey can remain the same for a long time at room temperature
once it is tightly sealed.
Some fruits like avocado, berries, bananas and pawpaw prefer to be
stored at room temperature than in the refrigerator. Refrigeration can
make them soggy or interrupt the ripening process. The nutrients
contained in these fruits are best preserved when they are kept away
from the sun and in dry environments away from moisture.
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The low temperature of the fridge stops the ripening process of
tomatoes, thereby allowing them to easily lose their natural flavor and
color. The cold air breaks down the membranes inside the fruit walls. It
is better to store fresh tomatoes inside baskets in a cool and dry
environment, and even better to consume them while they are still fresh.