Monday, October 22, 2012

Foods that don't belong in the refrigerator

Some food items do their best when stored at room temperature.

It is quite content in your pantry for up to three years.

Refrigeration ruins  their flavor.
Instead, store in the pantry in paper bags (not plastic bags)
They should last around three weeks.

The refrigerator really dries bread fast. 
Eat what you can within four days at room temperature and then freeze the rest. (Bread freezes just fine)

They like air circulation like when you buy them in the mesh bag.
But keep them away from potatoes, potatoes release moisture and gases that can encourage onions to rot.

Refrigeration is not needed with garlic, they'll store perfectly for two months in the pantry. Store them loose, so air can move around the garlic.

They can get pithy and mealy when refrigerated, so leave them on a counter, not in plastic bags. 
Once ripe, they’ll last for around three days.

Ideally, beans should be kept whole and ground on an as-needed basis, and used within two weeks of roasting, for the best results. However, this is not always possible, so what to do?
Keeping ground coffee tasting fresh is a matter of keeping the beans' oils, which are necessary to the coffee's flavor, from degrading over time.
This means reducing coffee's exposure to air.
But the beans still need to breath. 
Many coffees are sold in special packaging with a one-way air valve, allowing the coffee to breathe without letting any additional air into the bag. Coffee is best stored in these bags or another specially-designed container, and should be stored in a cool, dry place.

Storing coffee beans in the refrigerator or freezer is not good for the coffee beans and their oils. Storing the beans at low temperatures will dry them out. Heat, light, and moisture also contribute to degrading the oils in coffee beans. The best place to store coffee is in a cupboard or pantry, in an airtight container.