There's nothing more annoying than finding that just-bought food item already changing colour, gathering mould, or smelling a bit funky. And then there's items you may not even know are losing the proper nutrition you got them for due to where they're being stored. Placing foods in the proper place says a lot about the longevity of its use to us. So if you want your groceries to stay fresh, taste the best, and provide you with the utmost health benefits, then you'll need to know these tips.
1. Garlic: This vegetable should be kept in a cool, dark place and away from other veggies to ensure its scent doesn't overpower them.
2. Olive oil: If you have cool cabinets, store your olive oil there, as it needs to be placed away from light. Otherwise, the fridge is a great option, since it helps oil from getting spoiled by heat and oxygen.
3. Potatoes and onions: These vegetables ought to maintain an environment similar to that which they came from — the cool, dark soil. Potatoes should be kept away from onions, since their moisture will rot the onions at a quicker rate.
4. Coffee: Contrary to popular belief, coffee is best stored in a cabinet, not the fridge, which creates condensation. “It’s like your coffee is brewed a little each time it’s exposed to water, and that diminishes the flavour,” explains Johnny McGregor, PhD, chair of the department of food science and human nutrition at Clemson University.
5. Bread: Keep in the cabinet or on the counter. At room temperature, it will stay fresh for up to four days. Opt out of placing it in the fridge, as it will dry it out and make the bread stale.
6. Flour: Keep your white flour in an airtight container either in the fridge if you don't plan on using all of it in under a year, or on the counter if you go through it quicker than that. If you opt for wheat flour, always keep it in the fridge, since its oils make it spoil faster.
7. Peaches, plums, pears, honeydews, cantaloupes, mangoes, bananas, and tomatoes: All of these fruits are best kept in the fridge or in the cabinet once they're ripe since the cool temps delay decay. Keep on the counter in a bowl if they're not quite ripe yet.
8. Citrus fruits, pineapples, raspberries, strawberries, grapes, watermelon, and cherries: Once they've been picked, these fruits don’t get any riper, so to stall the spoiling process, put them immediately in the fridge.
9. Avocados: If it's rock-hard, put it in a brown paper bag on the counter and it'll be ready in two to five days. If it's ripe, move it to the fridge and it'll stay fresh for up to three days.
10. Butter and cheese: Though the door is a typical place people keep these items, forget about it! It's too warm for them. Put your butter stick in a covered dish on the top or middle shelf. Your cheese can go here too, sealed well in foil or plastic wrap.
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