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12 Surprising Things That Need to Be Refrigerated
Time to move a few pantry staples to the fridge.
Sure, the dehydrated version of normal fruit doesn’t spoil as quickly as its more moisture-filled compatriots, but by placing wrinkly prunes, pears, figs, and peaches within the main compartment of your fridge can further maintain its bumpiness for up to six months.
On the flip side, here are foods you should not put in the fridge.
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Sure some oenophiles poo-poo the idea of cooling your Cabernet but per Wine Spectator’s “Ask Dr. Vinny” column, placing a nice Merlot near leftover pizza is a do. “I believe that most red wines are drunk too warm (and that most whites are served too cold). I personally enjoy my reds with a slight chill on them…the equivalent of about 30 minutes in the fridge.”
Sir Isaac Newton’s favorite fruit can keep the doctor away, whereas only you can prolong the life of said Honey Crisps by tossing them in the fridge—rather than tastefully arranging them in a bowl atop your kitchen counter—thus increasing their eat-by-date by upwards of a week.
Another food tip: You’ve probably been storing these foods wrong this whole time.
Fresh ginger will last up to three weeks if kept unpeeled, wrapped in a paper towel, and enclosed in a ziplock bag in the crisper drawer of your fridge.
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Keep your bouquets fresh for longer by storing them in your fridge overnight. The cold will prevent your buds from wilting.
The hamburger’s number one helper does have a high acid content which fends off bacteria for a bit, but cool temperatures help maintain flavor and freshness for up to a whopping six months. While you’re at it, check out where to store the rest of your favorite condiments.
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While ours has been a (mostly) food-related journey, there are a number of beauty products that do better in your fridge, including nail polish. The polish will maintain its colors and consistency for longer, thanks to the cold air.
Many people only think to leave their avocados in the fridge if they’re cut in half. But, you should actually be storing your whole avocados in the fridge as well. It can keep them fresh for up to two weeks. To keep half of an avocado fresh for longer, keep the pit in it and sprinkle it with lemon juice before storing. Want to make guacamole now?
If nuts are left out at room temperature the oils will become rancid quicker and it encourages insect growth. If you keep them in the fridge, nuts can stay fresh for up to a year. And, if you store them in the freezer, up to two years.
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Olive oil can turn bad much quicker when it is exposed to oxygen, light, and heat. Keeping your olive oil in the fridge can help prolong it’s shelf life.
On the flip side, check out these foods that you’re spoiling by keeping them in the fridge.