Stop Refrigerating These Foods!
According to the FDA, refrigerating and freezing perishable foods is essential for one’s health and edible state of food. Food like meats, poultry, seafood, eggs, and produce should never be kept at room temperature for more than 2 hours, or more than 1 hour iff the temperature is more than 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Of course, you probably knew all that, but did you know that there are certain foods that you don’t have to refrigerate?
Butter: Yes and No
The USDA advises to refrigerate and freeze butter if you’re not going to use it within the next 1 or 2 days. Many people keep the butter outside of the fridge. This is because it’s made from pasteurized milk, which means that it is highly unlikely that it will grow bacteria.
When tomatoes are stored in the fridge, cold air stop their ripening process. This means that they will lose more flavor inside than out.
Soy Milk: After Opening Only
Soy milk can last up to 1 month on the pantry shelf.
Having onions in the fridge makes them grow mold quicker because of the amount of moister the fridge keeps. Store them in a cool and dry place to expand their eat-by date.
Keeping bread in the fridge will turn it dry and really still solid. It’s best to keep it in its original bag until you consume it all.
Coffee belongs in a cool, dark place. NOT in the fridge, as it will lose flavor and absorb the scent of other food nearby. Oddly enough, you can store it in the freezer as well.
Basil has unique properties that will automatically absorb the smells of the food around it. Keep it by itself in a glass of water.
Honey has no expiration date. If you keep it in the fridge, the low temperatures will cause it to crystalize.
Apples don’t go bad until for about a week at room temperature. Of course, keeping them refrigerated extends that time.
Article: Time Magazine