Do you find yourself throwing away food that has gone bad sooner than you expected? Make the most of your money and avoid wasting food by following these tips on foods that actually do better in the refrigerator.
8. Garlic and Condiments
If you buy bottles of condiments like mustard, horseradish or ketchup, they may be okay for a few weeks or months at room temperature if in preservatives, but it is best to place them in the fridge for long-term storage. If you have something like chopped garlic in oil, you may assume it does not need to be cold. But it will last much longer if refrigerated, although you may have to bring it to room temperature before use since the olive oil will harden in the fridge.
Coffee beans in a vacuum-packed sealed bag may spoil due to the oil in the beans, but they can last up to 12 months longer in the fridge.
6. Nuts and Nut Oils
Almost all kinds of nuts (e.g., walnut, almond, pecan, cashew, sesame, Brazil nuts) will go rancid at room temperature due to the breakdown of their oils. They will last longer if refrigerated, or you can even freeze the whole nuts.
5. Bread Products
All kinds of bread products will last months longer when refrigerated or frozen, even the ones we do not think about going bad, like bread crumbs and croutons.
All kinds of rice, including basmati, brown, wild, jasmine and long grain, will last longer in airtight containers kept in the refrigerator. This prevents the rice from degrading or getting buggy.Related: How to Keep Milk at Its Freshest
All flours, but especially wheat flour, should be kept chilled. This is due to the oils in the wheat germ which make it go rancid. Store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to six months.
To check your flour, you can try the sniff test. Flour should be odorless; if it smells bitter or sharp, then the oils are rancid.
2. Peanut Butter
The oils in natural nut butters, like our favorite, peanut butter, can easily spoil at room temperature. Especially if they do not contain preservatives, these kinds of butter are prone to mold growth, so they will last much longer if refrigerated.
Butter can last at room temperature for about 10 to 14 days, but it will spoil eventually. Butter lasts longer than other dairy goods due to its high fat content, which makes it harder for bacteria to grow. If you are not using the butter daily and it’s been out for over 14 days, put it in the fridge to last longer.Related: 12 Helpful Hints for Storing Your Produce to Maintain Freshness