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10 Foods You Should Refrigerate

We pay thousands upon thousands of dollars (or whatever currency you’ve been subscribed to) for food and groceries, so letting food go to waste is the most irresponsible thing you could do with all that money you invested into feeding yourself and your family. Keeping yourself informed about which food perishes and which don’t can give you so much forethought as to which items you should be buying every month, being strategic about your monthly food purchases. With this in mind, we’ll let you know foods you should refrigerate.

10. Corn.

Surprisingly, corn whether or not still with its husk or not need to be refrigerated to preserve its natural sweetness and can be preserved in the fridge for up to two days. This loss of natural sugars tends to decrease by up to forty percent after six hours of being left at room temperature. Just because corn may not perish the way the other food on this list does, doesn’t mean that there aren’t any consequences for not keeping corn chilled. Keep it refrigerated as a quick buttery snack or an addition to delectable salads.

9. Eggs.

Is it not daunting to hear that some people don’t refrigerate their eggs, letting them sit out on a designated egg shelf or their kitchen pantries? 

There’s a reason why refrigerators, yes even the smaller boxy ones have designated spaces for your precious nutrient-filled eggs. When refrigerated, you minimize the risk of salmonella by preserving its freshness.

Why bother risking it?

If you’ve got children in your home who love your perfectly cooked omelets in the morning, refrigerate your eggs and keep their stomachs and their health safe.

8. Maple Syrup.

Maple syrup can last up to a full year, after that, though, it may need to head straight to the dumpster. Sure it may not go foul like most food, but that doesn’t stop mold from getting its sweet fix with your maple syrup after about a year since it’s been opened. Some people tend to just keep it in their pantries, not knowing what it does to the maple syrup. If you’ve got one just sitting at room temperature and hasn’t been there long, you might still be able to save it from the possible mold invasion. Just remember to refrigerate after opening.

7. Pies.

Pies are processed savory or sweet fruits or meats, making it okay to be within room temperature for two to three hours. However, that’s all the time that it takes for bacteria to start festering and brewing in the fruits and meats used within the pies that causes it to spoil and sour. Keeping this in mind will help you plan out your meals, desserts, or dinner parties ahead of time, so you don’t waste money and food in case your dinner party is running late, not to mention all the effort you put into cooking those delicious pies.

6. Tomatoes.

Tomatoes overtime will crumble into themselves and will end up attracting enterprising fruit flies into your home, which then turn into maggot-filled vegetables that produce more of the said enterprising fruit flies. Heat will only speed up this process. If you like sliced tomatoes, refrigerating them will preserve that fresh taste and that satisfying crispiness you feel when you bite into them. If you love your tomatoes and want to use them for your salads and your dishes days after purchasing them, store them in your refrigerator.

5. Cheese. 

But cheeses are made through fermentation, right?

Why the need to refrigerate them?

Because they can accumulate mold in warmer or hotter temperatures, just the way exotic cheeses are made. So, if you’re going for a simple cheese sandwich without the side of the mold, then keep your cheeses cool in the fridge. Other harder cheeses may not need to be refrigerated, but they definitely need to be stored in temperature-specific spaces, so make sure you read your labels and abide by them to keep your cheeses fresh.

4. Jellies.

Jellies preserve taste so much better when they’re chilled and fresh out of the fridge, although that isn’t the only reason they should be refrigerated. When not stored in a properly cold place, jellies, jams or preserves run the risk of getting moldy or being invaded by yeast, which makes the whole experience of eating peanut butter and jelly sandwich horrific and nasty to the taste. To avoid any stomach aches,  refrigerate your jams after opening.

3. Ketchup.

Ketchup, any ketchup really can have enough acid content to scare away the bacteria that cause food to rot, however, when kept in less ideal temperatures, ketchup can go bad. All of a sudden water is at the forefront of the bottle and most of it’s stuck in a strange thick mass at the bottom of the ketchup bottle. This is when you can tell maybe you should buy new ketchup and throw out your older bottles because it isn’t just the texture that becomes strange,  but the flavor and quality go out the window.

2. Frosting.

The frosting is made up of dairy, eggs, cream, and many other things that can go foul when left out in less ideal temperatures. All packs of frosting come with best before dates so you can figure out when you can throw it out even if you did refrigerate your tubs of ice cream. The dangers of not refrigerating your icing are mold and yeast that can make their way onto your cakes and desserts,  endangering your health and digestive system. So don’t risk it and refrigerate your icing.

1. Melons.

Melons tend to be dirty, even if you washed them, the bacteria will remain to haunt your melons. The best thing to do is to refrigerate your sliced melons to keep the bacteria from spreading thanks to the melon’s moisture-filled surface. To keep these bacteria from growing, impede them with a cold and cool space in the refrigerator, making them safe to eat and to incorporate into foods and salads. The same goes for any other fruit, really as they all carry resident bacteria on the surface.

Hope you enjoyed it!

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