It’s been over four months since I have made a post. I want to thank people who checked up on me and were wondering what was up with Pinch of Chel. It meant a whole lot to me. Trying to shuffle blogging and school work has been draining for me. School being my major priority made me put Pinch of Chel on a halt. I am back to trying out new recipes and making posts on FAQs concerning food. So let’s just jump right to the post.
Not every food item can be stored in a refrigerator. There are different ideas on what should be frozen and what food should just be left on its own to cool jejely in a cool and dry environment. Some families put bread in the refrigerator while some of us grew up seeing the bread being stored on the kitchen counter. The secret of a meal is the flavour each item contributes and the cold temperature of the refrigerator makes some items lose their flavour.
Here is a list of the food items that should not go into the refrigerator.
Banana’s are among the most widely eaten fruits in the world and a good source of Vitamin C. Storing banana under cold temperature makes its skin turn black. I don’t know about you but I do not see myself eating a black banana or offering a guest a black banana. The best way for storing your banana is to break up the bunch.
There was a period several broadcast Whatsapp messages was circulating on how poisonous storing cut onions in the refrigerator is. Onions that have not been peeled are best stores in dry and cool environments. If stored frozen, they could alter the taste of other food items that are being stored.
Bread is best enjoyed when still fresh and succulent – I know you understand what I mean😀. Storing bread in the refrigerator is just to prevent molds from growing on it if you plan on having the bread in your house for a long time but it’d be at the detriment of you eating a hard bread.
I grew up seeing my mother store potatoes in a dry environment by spreading it on the kitchen floor. Storing potatoes in the refrigerator makes the potatoes soft and the cool temperature turns the starch in the potatoes to sugar. You end up with very soft and sweet potatoes,YUCK!. When baked or fried, these sugars combine with the amino acid asparagine and produce the chemical acrylamide, which is thought to be harmful. According to the Food Standard Agency, the most important food not to keep in the fridge are potatoes because it is very harmful.
Tomatoes without it’s flavour in food is of no importance. That is what storing fresh tomatoes in freezer does. It makes the tomato lose its flavour and leaves the fruit soft and watery. If you want to freeze your tomatoes, it is advisable you blend it first into a smooth paste and store it for as long as you want.
Storing garlic under cool temperatures will make it grow mouldy and buds will sprout out.
In Nigeria, our soups are made majorly from vegetables which makes it nutritious. Storing vegetables in freezers make them lose their nutrients and the vegetables end up loosing their fresh nature.
Storing oil through cold storage would make it get thickened easily and there is no use for frozen oil.
Who wouldn’t want an easy spread butter. Cold storage of butter will eventually make the butter turn hard and it won’t be enjoyable to use as spread.
Storing spices in the refrigerator would cause them to lose their flavour. It wouldn’t be a spice if it doesn’t add flavour to food? The best way to store spices is just to leave them in cool and dry environments.
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