Thursday, October 10, 2013

Fridge or Pantry?

Does ____ belong in the fridge or in the pantry? A debate that some of my family members have often. Some of the most popular food items? Ketchup, syrup, peanut butter, and butter. For me, all of these things belong in the fridge (well, peanut butter is a toss up; all natural stuff belongs in the fridge, but feel free to keep that Jiffy in the cupboard!). To others, they are seriously against any of these products being near the fridge. But seriously, what's better then a warm pancake with some cool syrup or a hot French fry dipped in cold ketchup?
But what about other things such as produce? I've got some answers for you.

1. Stone Fruit. This first one is a trick question. Things like peaches and plums actually have their place in both the fridge and the pantry. These types of fruits will not ripen in the fridge. Keep them on the counter until they are nice and juicy, and then move them to the fridge to prolong their shelf life.
2. Tomatoes. Keep these guys out of the fridge. The cold temperatures will lead to a mealy texture.
3. Berries. These guys belong in the fridge. Being left on the counter will only speed up their decay.
4. Cooking Oils. Every oil is used differently and the same should go for their storage. Olive oil and Canola oil can be kept in the pantry. Sesame oil, peanut oil, and truffle oil however should be kept in the fridge or it will go rancid.
5. Onions. Like tomatoes, onions take on a "too soft" texture in the fridge.
6. Potatoes. When kept in the fridge, potatoes can take on an oddly sweet flavor when cooked. To keep them fresh, keep potatoes in a paper bag in a dark place. Once they start to sprout you know it is time to throw them away.
Hope these tips help you prevent spoilage of your favorite foods!
What tips do you have for me? I would love to hear them!

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