Refrigeration is a marvel modern man cannot live without. In the days before refrigeration, fresh foods needed to be consumed or processed immediately in order to maintain freshness. Food spoilage was common, and many families spent time and energy smoking foods or storing them in icehouses. Today, you can purchase nearly anything from vegetables to meats, and store them directly in your kitchen for days or longer. You spend valuable money on groceries and want to enjoy only the freshest tasting foods. Discover five not-so-obvious foods that maintain maximum freshness, quality and flavor when stored in refrigerators.
No one likes hard butter when it’s time to spread it on a dinner roll. Keeping this creamy dairy product on your kitchen counter ensures it’s ready to spread when you need it. However, it will taste better and keep its flavor when it’s stored in the back of the refrigerator where the temperature is the coldest. When you’re ready to use it, simply place a serving in a dish on the counter, and it will be soft when you’re ready to use it.
Healthy and convenient, nuts keep their flavor when they’re stored somewhere cold. Their oils turn rancid when they sit in the heat. If you buy nuts in bulk, store them in the freezer so they last longer. By keeping them cold, you’ll have access to a nutritious snack, salad topping or baking ingredient that’s fresh and tasty.
While you’re thinking about nuts, remember to store natural peanut butter in the refrigerator. The natural oil in it can spoil quickly and mold can grow if it sits in your pantry.
Like whole nuts, oils like peanut or hazelnut oil should be stored in the refrigerator for maximum flavor. Other oils are okay to store in the pantry away from direct heat and sunlight. If you won’t use the open oil within 30-60 days, refrigerate it. For cooking convenience, consider keeping a small container of oil near your stove while you store larger bottles in the cool refrigerator where they stay fresh.
To preserve the flavor of this egg, oil, salt, vinegar and mustard mixture, refrigerate it. Fresh, delicious and cold, it will taste great on burgers, subs or as a base for a variety of sauces.
Pure and smooth, maple syrup tastes best and lasts longer when it’s kept chilled. Because it contains no preservatives, keep it fresh in the fridge for up to a year as you use it on pancakes or in baking.
Refrigeration makes nearly any food taste better. It prevents spoiling, improves food quality and prolongs the shelf life of many items. Don’t throw your money away or waste time visiting the grocery store every day. Store butter, nuts, oils, mayonnaise, maple syrup and other foods in your refrigerator, and enjoy the finest flavors and maximum quality during your next meal.
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