How many years of our lifetime have we done these things wrongly?!! I know it always seems like foods will only be kept fresh if it is put in the fridge, but let’s get that thought out of our head for these.

 

Honey

honey

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In an attempt to keep the ants away, you might keep your opened honey in the fridge, but this will only make it taste bad. Honey clumps and crystallises in cold temperatures, which will make it a lot less edible. If ants are your worry, make sure you wipe down the side of the bottle after using and keep a cinnamon stick next to it.

How to store: Leave it in the food cupboard at room temperature

 

Potato

potato

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There’s this thing called a root cellar, sort of like a wine cellar but for vegetables that keep well in low humidity, like potatoes and carrots. But that’s kind of impossible to build in a country like Singapore. Your next best option is not the fridge! Keeping it refrigerated will turn its starch into sugar, which could potentially cause a harmful chemical reaction when cooked.

How to store: Keep in a paper bag somewhere cool (not cold!)

 

Tomatoes

tomato

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Tomatoes will taste terrible after you’ve left it in the fridge. That’s because the cold air breaks down the membranes and make it watery and shrivel. Leaving it at room temperature will allow the tomato to develop more flavour.

How to store: In a paper bag somewhere cool, away from the sunlight

 

Garlic

fresh garlic isolated on white

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Leaving garlic in the fridge will cause it to sprout and turn mouldy in a few days. Although it is kind of edible, sprouted garlic tastes bitter. If you have peeled garlic and have leftovers, it is ok to keep it in the fridge, but no more than a few days as it will start to sprout!

How to store: An open paper bag in the cupboard or a dark place with air ventilation.

 

Uncut Watermelon

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A study by the US department of Agriculture found that watermelons at room temperature are higher in antioxidants and nutrients than chilled watermelon. However, if you’ve cut watermelon, keep it in the fridge for 3 – 4 days. Tip: The redder the watermelon, the more lycopene (an antixoidant) it has.

How to store: Somewhere cool, leaving it on the table is fine (unless you have a dog and your dog eats watermelons)

 

Banana

banana
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Bananas stay green in the fridge as it slows down the ripening process and may not be able to continue ripening even after you’ve removed it.

How to store: At room temperature. If you don’t want to ripen your other fruits, keep ripe bananas away as it lets out a gas that speeds the ripening process of other fruits.

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