As in the number of these items out of 10 that I store in the refrigerator.
How many SHOULD be stored in the refrigerator?
According to Real Simple magazine, the following items SHOULD NOT be refrigerated:
1. Winter squash. These could be stored in the pantry up to a month. Oops! I've had a spaghetti squash in my refrigerator for about a MONTH. Guess I'd better hop to it and cook it!
2. Nail polish. (Really? Some people do this?) Obviously refrigeration causes the polish to thicken. (DUH!). Should be stored at room temperature and away from sunlight.
3. Coffee (ground up or beans). Keeping coffee in either the refrigerator OR freezer can cause condensation to build up which in turn can affect the flavor of the coffee. Coffee SHOULD be kept in an airtight container in the pantry. Jim is a connoisseur when it comes to coffee. He USED to freeze his coffee beans until he read about the condensation. Now he follows this rule.
4. Tomatoes. Or do you say to-mah-toes? These red jewels should NEVER be put into the refrigerator because they can become mealy. Just store on your counter - but NOT in the plastic bag! If they need to ripen, put into a brown bag for a day or so. Presto-chango! Ripe tomatoes!
9. Bread. Storing bread in the refrigerator can dry it out. Real Simple recommends taking out what you would use for four days, then freeze the rest of the loaf. I'm pretty organized for suppers, but not lunches. So I would have no clue how much bread we would go through. But hey, if this works for you, I'll do a happy dance!
So there you have it. The top ten things that don't belong in your refrigerator. My five?
- spaghetti squash
- hot sauce
I am lucky enough to have a wonderful walk-in pantry with a "magic" light that turns on whenever I enter it. As you can see, it is very roomy.
You may notice that many of the answers above state that you should store the item in your pantry. Obviously I am one of the lucky ones. For those of you who don't have a pantry? You are totally screwed.