With the quarantine still imposed in the country, many are limiting their time outside. Paying bills has been done online for the past few months and so has shopping and window shopping. But what has probably changed the most this quarantine is where and how we eat.
During the “pre-COVID” times, many have relied on fast food restaurants and other food establishments to fill their hunger during the day. But when the quarantine started, food establishments have been closed and there were limited restaurants that offered delivery services for customers. (Read: Husband and wife create Viber bot for your food delivery needs during quarantine)
That’s when people started to flock to groceries to purchase the necessary items they need to feed themselves and their families on a weekly or monthly basis. This meant that households had stocks of food lying around in the kitchen waiting to be eaten or cooked. (Read: 10 grocery must-haves to help you plan a week’s worth of meals)
Stocking also meant storing items in the cabinets or in the refrigerator to keep it fresh and good for use—but did you know that there are some items that we’ve been keeping in the fridge for so long, but we actually shouldn’t be?
My Pope lists down some food items that should NOT be stored in the refrigerator, contrary to what we grew up knowing!
Everyone loves a good potato dish as a side to your main meal, or sometimes, it can also serve as your main dish. Which is why many stock up on potatoes at home for future use—keeping them in the vegetable crisper until it’s needed.
But it’s actually a no-no to keep potatoes in the refrigerator! According to Nidirect, putting potatoes in the fridge can increase its sugar content, thus “leading to higher levels of a chemical called acrylamide when the potatoes are baked, fried or roasted at high temperatures.” (Read: 3 Secrets To Ensure Food Safety Amid COVID-19 Pandemic)
Tomatoes have lots of uses especially to those who love experimenting with food. It can be used as a sauce, as a “paasim,” and even as “sahog,” which is why whenever we go to the grocery, we would always get a pack of fresh tomatoes and when we get home, we automatically put it in the refrigerator.
But if you love the zesty flavor of tomato, then you shouldn’t do this. Refrigerating tomatoes can cause its “flavor-producing enzymes” to actually produce flavor. It can also cause tomatoes to lose their smooth texture. It’s only ideal to store tomatoes in the fridge if it’s about to spoil. (Read: Stock up on these 5 vegetables that won’t spoil easily)
Being Filipino, we all love having a piece or two of pandesal during our morning coffee or for merienda in the afternoon. And when we have leftovers from the bread we bought, we usually store it in the refrigerator to keep molds from forming.
While it does slow down the “aging” process of bread, it speeds up the reformation of the starches in the bread itself, thus making it hard and stale. What you can do to extend the shelf life of your bread it to put it in an airtight container and place it in the freezer. You can also buy a loaf of bread instead of sliced bread, as the slicing decreases the shelf life.