These vegetables should never be stored in the refrigerator

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Not all vegetables benefit from being refrigerated; some can lose their flavour, texture, or nutritional value when stored in the cold. Here’s a list of vegetables that are best kept out of the refrigerator:

Cold temperatures convert potato starch into sugar, altering their taste and texture. Keep them in a cool, dark, and well-ventilated place.

Refrigeration can make onions mushy and mouldy. Store them in a cool, dry, and well-ventilated area away from potatoes to prevent them from sprouting.

Refrigeration causes garlic to sprout and become rubbery. Store in a cool, dry place with good air circulation.

Cold temperatures can make tomatoes mealy and reduce their flavour They should be kept in room temperature away from direct sunlight.

Cold temperatures can cause cucumbers to become watery and pitted. Store them at room temperature or in the refrigerator’s crisper drawer if needed for a short period.

Bell peppers
Bell peppers can become soft and lose their crunch in the refrigerator. Store them at room temperature for a few days or in a cool, dry place.

Tips for storing vegetables

  • Many of these vegetables do best in environments that are cool, dark, and dry, such as a pantry or cellar.
  • Keep vegetables like onions and potatoes separate to prevent them from sprouting or spoiling.
  • Ensure good air circulation to prevent mould and rot.

By storing these vegetables properly, you can maintain their flavour, texture, and nutritional value.

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