Did you know that many of the foods we buy and keep in our refrigerators will do just fine if not better left out at room temperature? Certain items are at their prime when stored at room temperature, and most fresh fruits and vegetables can survive without refrigeration, along with some other popular foods too.
There are two types of bacteria that cause us issues, spoilage bacteria that changes the way foods look, smell, and taste, and pathogenic bacteria that leads to food-borne illnesses.
When spoilage occurs, something can taste gross but won’t necessarily make you sick. But when food develops dangerous levels of pathogenic bacteria, it could look, smell, and taste normal while still being dangerous. To help keep you safe, here’s a list of items that will do just fine outside the fridge.
These fruits start to loose flavor and texture after spending time in the fridge. Leave them on the counter, and toss them in the fridge for 30 minutes prior to eating if you want a crisp bite.
Leave those bananas on the counter, and if they turn brown before you get to them, toss them in the freezer to make banana bread at a later date.
Bread kept in the refrigerator dries it out fast. Instead, keep what you’ll eat within four days at room temperature and freeze the rest.
Store oranges, lemons, and limes at room temperature on your kitchen counter. Just be careful not to bunch them too closely, as they will tend to mold.
Your luscious honey will crystallize if it is stored in the fridge. Store it at room temperature and out of direct sunlight.
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