To refrigerate or not to refrigerate? That is the age-old question—and for plenty of foods, there is not always a clear answer. Sometimes, the choice depends on where you live; eggs, for example, are refrigerated in the U.S. but not in Europe. But, universally speaking, certain foods just aren’t pantry-worthy… period.
Have we cooked your curiosity up yet? Get ready to run to your kitchen when you hear the scoop. Apples and oranges may not belong together, but both belong in the fridge, The Guardian reports. (By the way, these surprising foods also need to be refrigerated.)
Even the most experienced kitchen connoisseurs might be making this simple mistake. But trust us, it’s worth it to carve out a little space in your fridge for these two fruits. Here’s why: Your Honey Crisps may do fine (and look pretty!) arranged in a bowl on your kitchen counter. But to help them keep their crunch, you should store your apples in the fridge. Doing so can prolong their life by up to two weeks, according to the pros.
As for your oranges? If they are ripe when you buy them, it is also best to keep these citruses in the fridge. Keeping them cold can slow down the ripening process, which will retain their doses of vitamin C. These storage tricks will make your food last longer, too.
Now that you’re clued in on this fruity faux pas, we want to tell you another little secret: You’re probably spoiling these foods by putting them in the refrigerator.
[Source: The Guardian]