10 Food Storage Guidelines You Didn’t Know

To fridge or not to fridge? Discover what foods you should take out of your refrigerator and what unexpected items you should store there now.

From Reader's Digest Magazine (May 2013)
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    Maple Syrup:

    Keep it cold or better at room temp?

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    Keep It Cold: Maple Syrup

    The real stuff has no preservatives and can become moldy after opening if it’s not chilled.

     

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    Ripe Bananas:

    Keep 'em cold or better at room temp?

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    Keep It Cold: Ripe Bananas

    They’ll stay at their perfect peak for another week if you toss them in the refrigerator—but wait until they’re ripe!

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    Potatoes:

    Keep 'em cold or better at room temp?

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    Better at Room Temp: Potatoes

    Moisture makes spuds go blah; store in the pantry for three weeks.

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    Cut Flowers:

    Keep 'em cold or better at room temp?

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    Keep It Cold: Cut Flowers

    Put blooms, vase and all, in the fridge overnight, and they will last longer; just remove any apples, which release wilt-inducing ethylene gas.

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    Natural Peanut Butter

     Keep it cold or better at room temp?

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    Keep It Cold: Natural Peanut Butter

    It goes rancid quickly when stored at warm temperatures.

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    Hot Sauce

    Keep it cold or better at room temp?

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    Better at Room Temp: Hot Sauce

    Acidic, vinegar-based foods like this fiery condiment are fine at room temperature.


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    Candles:

    Keep 'em cold or better at room temp?

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    Keep It Cold: Candles

    Cold wax burns longer and more cleanly.

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    Bread:

    Keep it cold or better at room temp?

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    Better at Room Temp: Bread

    Nothing makes loaves go stale faster than a stint in the refrigerator. Freeze what you won’t eat within a few days.

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    Cake:

    Keep 'em cold or better at room temp?

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    Better at Room Temp: Cake

    Chilled air dries it out, no matter how well wrapped it is; unless frosting is literally melting off, store cake on the counter!

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    Tomatoes:

    Keep 'em cold or better at room temp?

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    Better at Room Temp: Tomatoes

    Avoid the fridge at all costs: Tomatoes will turn mushy and bland within there.

    Sources: Real Simple, Eating Well, snopes.com, losethebackpain.com, farmersalmanac.com, huffingtonpost.com

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