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Whole spices to bread: 10 foods you should never refrigerate

Published on Apr 21, 2024 04:16 PM IST
  • Are you refrigerating the wrong food items? From whole spices to banana, here are food items that should never be stored in fridge.
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Refrigeration preserves and extends the shelf life of many perishable items by controlling growth of microorganisms. However, there are some items that shouldn't be stored in fridge as doing so can lead to loss of flavour, taste, and texture. Here are 10 food items shared by Nutritionist Juhi Kapoor that should never be refrigerated. (Freepik) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Apr 21, 2024 04:16 PM IST

Refrigeration preserves and extends the shelf life of many perishable items by controlling growth of microorganisms. However, there are some items that shouldn't be stored in fridge as doing so can lead to loss of flavour, taste, and texture. Here are 10 food items shared by Nutritionist Juhi Kapoor that should never be refrigerated. (Freepik)

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1. Whole spices: Refrigeration can diminish the potency and flavour of whole spices over time. Spices can absorb moisture in the fridge, potentially leading to clumping and loss of flavour. (Freepik) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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1. Whole spices: Refrigeration can diminish the potency and flavour of whole spices over time. Spices can absorb moisture in the fridge, potentially leading to clumping and loss of flavour. (Freepik)

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2. Dried fruits: Refrigeration can cause dried fruits to become hard or overly chewy. Cold temperatures might affect the natural sugars and flavours in dried fruits, altering their taste. Storing them in fridge can lead to moisture absorption, potentially promoting mold growth. (Freepik) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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2. Dried fruits: Refrigeration can cause dried fruits to become hard or overly chewy. Cold temperatures might affect the natural sugars and flavours in dried fruits, altering their taste. Storing them in fridge can lead to moisture absorption, potentially promoting mold growth. (Freepik)

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3. Kesar (saffron): Storing saffron in the refrigerator can compromise its delicate flavour and aroma. The moisture in the refrigerator can lead to condensation, which can degrade the quality of saffron threads. (Freepik) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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3. Kesar (saffron): Storing saffron in the refrigerator can compromise its delicate flavour and aroma. The moisture in the refrigerator can lead to condensation, which can degrade the quality of saffron threads. (Freepik)

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4. Nuts and seeds: Refrigeration can make nuts and seeds go stale faster and may also affect their crunchiness. Cold temperatures can alter the natural oils in nuts and seeds, potentially affecting their flavour. (Freepik) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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4. Nuts and seeds: Refrigeration can make nuts and seeds go stale faster and may also affect their crunchiness. Cold temperatures can alter the natural oils in nuts and seeds, potentially affecting their flavour. (Freepik)

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5. Bread: Refrigerating bread can cause it to dry out and become stale more quickly. It will also make the texture chewy and less desirable to eat. (Freepik) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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5. Bread: Refrigerating bread can cause it to dry out and become stale more quickly. It will also make the texture chewy and less desirable to eat. (Freepik)

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6. Banana: Refrigeration can even cause the skin to darken prematurely. It's best to store bananas at room temperature until they ripen to your liking. (Freepik) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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6. Banana: Refrigeration can even cause the skin to darken prematurely. It's best to store bananas at room temperature until they ripen to your liking. (Freepik)

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7. Ginger: Refrigeration can cause ginger to become moldy more quickly. It's best to store fresh ginger in a cool, dry place. (Freepik) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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7. Ginger: Refrigeration can cause ginger to become moldy more quickly. It's best to store fresh ginger in a cool, dry place. (Freepik)

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8. Garlic: Storing garlic in the fridge can cause it to sprout or become rubbery. It can also catch fungus due to moisture. Instead, keep garlic in a cool, dry place with good air circulation. (Freepik) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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8. Garlic: Storing garlic in the fridge can cause it to sprout or become rubbery. It can also catch fungus due to moisture. Instead, keep garlic in a cool, dry place with good air circulation. (Freepik)

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9. Honey: It can crystallize and become thick and grainy when refrigerated. It's best to store honey at room temperature in a sealed container. (Freepik) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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9. Honey: It can crystallize and become thick and grainy when refrigerated. It's best to store honey at room temperature in a sealed container. (Freepik)

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10. Food in plastic bottles: Some plastics can leach harmful chemicals into food, especially when exposed to temperature fluctuations. It's safer to transfer food from plastic bottles to glass or BPA-free containers for storage. (Freepik) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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10. Food in plastic bottles: Some plastics can leach harmful chemicals into food, especially when exposed to temperature fluctuations. It's safer to transfer food from plastic bottles to glass or BPA-free containers for storage. (Freepik)

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