Surprising Things that Need to Be Refrigerated from Surprising Things that Need to Be Refrigerated

Surprising Things that Need to Be Refrigerated

Now is the time for spring cleaning; and if you don’t want to be cleaning your kitchen again in just a week, you should know how to properly store certain items. You already know that milk, eggs and meat should be kept in the fridge. But take a look in your cupboards? Is your whole wheat flour there? That’s a mistake.

Tortillas

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If you want to eat tortillas that are fresh for longer, you need to know how to properly store them, so they are soft until it’s time to cook. The best way is to put them in resalable plastic bag or airtight storage container and keep them in the fridge. They will last for 2-4 weeks. Freeze them if you need to store them for longer, according to Live Strong.

Avocado

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Storing avocados in the fridge – even while they’re still whole – keeps them fresh for up to two weeks, according to Dr. Mercola. If you’re using only half at a time, which is common, leave the pit in the half of the avocado you’re not planning to use. Other methods to keep avocado fresh after cutting it are leaving the pit inside and sprinkling it with lemon juice.

Citrus fruits

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Some refrigerators give you the ability to control humidity levels. Different levels are needed for different fruits and vegetables. Citrus fruits prefer less moisture, according to research. You can store oranges, lemons and grapefruit in a basket outside of the crispers in the main part of your refrigerator.

Dried fruit

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Dried fruit has less moisture than fresh fruit. This means it won’t go bad as quickly. However, it should still be refrigerated for maximum freshness, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. It’s best to store them in the fridge’s main compartment for no more than six months.

Olive oil

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When olive oil is exposed to oxygen, light, and heat, it is subject to oxidation and may become rancid. Proper storage can prevent this, according to the Olive Oil Source. Keep the closed bottle in a dark container or closet, away from sources of heat like your stove. This includes the fridge. Refrigeration will not hurt the oil. The right temperature would be between 50 degrees F and 70 degrees F.

Open red wine

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You have to keep red wine, once the bottle has been opened, in a dark space and at a cool temperature because this is when the chemical processes, including oxidation, slow down. The fridge is a great source if you need to store it fresh for longer and prevent it from basically turning into vinegar.

Ripe bananas

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Bananas are grown in climates where the temperatures are high. This means they are not used to cold weather at all. Low temperatures will block the enzymes that enable the fruit to ripen. So don’t store unripe bananas in the fridge. However, an already ripe banana will be stopped from over-ripening.

Fresh ginger

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It can last for weeks in the refrigerator when stored properly. You’ve probably heard of keeping it in sherry and vodka. While this works, a sealing bag with all the air pressed out in the fridge is the best way to keep ginger fresh. Leave the peel on and blot off any moisture. It should keep for a couple of months, according to Good Housekeeping.

Fresh flowers

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Do an experiment: Buy two bouquets at the same time. Put one in the fridge overnight (unless it’s made of flowers coming from tropical environments) and leave the other at room temperature. The cold will prevent the buds from wilting. Keep this tip in mind especially in the summer or if your house tends to run warm. Just remove all fresh fruits and vegetables from the fridge, according to Garden Guides.

Lipstick

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It will last longer if kept at cool temperatures. This is useful if your favorite kind if being discontinued - you can buy several and store them for later use. Over time the heat can mess with the chemicals in the lipstick causing them to decompose, resulting in a different color. Also, they’ll hold the same form and won’t melt if left in a cool place.

Nail polish

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Chilling your polish can prolong its shelf life. Sunlight and heat can cause the formula to become thick and sometimes alter the color, according to Cosmopolitan. The clear, glass bottles that most nail polish comes in can only enhance the effects of sunlight.

Perfume

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Similarly to lipstick, the problem here is the heat and sunlight that get to the bottle of fragrance you keep on your dresser. They affect the chemicals in the perfume over time, causing a change of smell. At cool temperatures, the scent won’t be deteriorated.

Nuts

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Storage life is shorter at room temperature than in a fridge or a freezer. Room temperature storage encourages insect growth and causes nut oils to become rancid quicker, according to research. Nuts can maintain quality up to a year if refrigerated (40 degrees F or below) and up to two years if kept in a freezer.

Whole wheat flour

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The wheat germ in whole wheat flour can go rancid very rapidly because it is high in nutrients and oils.  So once you open the bag of flour, put it in the fridge or freezer. Also, pests can get to the flour if you keep on a shelf at home. Flour is a good source of food for them.

Herbs

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Herbs such as parsley and cilantro are tricky. They need moisture but not too much. Wash tender herbs and remove discolored leaves. Put them in a mason jar with just a bit of water. Seal the top with a plastic bag to avoid any air getting in and put in the fridge.