One of the best ways to elongate the life span of perishable foods is through refrigeration. To refrigerate is to subject certain foods, items or livestock to the atmospheric condition of the refrigerator. The refrigerator which is normally cold does not only make the items chilled, but also increases the level of satisfaction derived upon consumption, like in the case of soft drinks, juices, fruits, etc. It also prevents some of these items from getting spoilt on time.
Furthermore, refrigeration can be majorly classified into two; the cyclic and non-cyclic. However, it is important to note that both classifications tend to achieve a similar goal but through different means, procedures and gadgets. There are several other reasons why we refrigerate items; be it liquid, solid, perishable or unperishable.
1. To Keep Foods and Drinks Chilled or Cold
One of the primary functions of the refrigerator is to transform foodstuffs and other items from its original state of being hot or warm to something very chilled or cold. These items range from liquid, solid, perishable and unperishable foods among several others. Examples are; water, soft drinks, fish, meat, etc.
2. To Prevent Bacterial Infection
Bacteria are microorganisms that are dangerous to food substances. They play a significant role in changing the condition of an item from good to bad. One of the reasons why we refrigerate is to prevent bacteria growth and ensure these microorganisms are kept at a distance. This is done by keeping items in an atmosphere where these organisms cannot survive.
3. Clinical Purposes
Acting on a professional directive from a medical practitioner, one can refrigerate certain items before consumption or administering it to a patient. In such a case refrigeration may be very important in that it could go a long way in determining the state of well being of the person to whom it is recommended.
The above are only a few on the long list of the benefits of refrigeration. However, the question of the kinds of items to be kept in the refrigerator is one that cannot be sidelined. Can or should all items be kept in the refrigerator? If no, why? This in turn foreground the need to understand the items that can be kept in the refrigerator. The fact is, not all items can or should be kept in the refrigerator. This is because while the cold atmosphere would administer longevity and maximum satisfaction for some foods, on the other hand, it would bring about the destruction of others. That is, if an item that shouldn't be stored in the refrigerator is kept in it, it will get spoilt and will no longer be able to serve its purpose.
To further buttress this, below is a list of seven food items that should not be kept in the refrigerator.
The end product of a mixture of flour and other ingredients after being baked is called Bread. As a food item, bread should not be stored in the fridge. This is because the cold will only make it hard, rendering it unfit for human consumption. For longevity, bread should be stored in a cool and dry place.
Bananas are usually considered on the basis of their ripeness. It is not good to store unripe bananas in the refrigerator. Reason being that they are characteristically defenseless in the cold. The cold will make them black and cheesy. It should, however, be noted that ripe bananas are safe to keep in the fridge.
Potatoes are an example of tuber crops that are vital for human consumption. However, for equitable distribution preservation becomes inevitable. Potatoes should not be stored in the refrigerator; instead, they are better stored in a pantry, paper bags or in a cool, dry place. It is also advisable not to wash potatoes before storing as this may lead to spoilage before serving its purpose.
Tomatoes are best kept in a basket or a bowl/basin that gives room for ventilation. This helps to increase its life span, retain its quality regarding taste and flavor and also ensure it serves the purpose for which it is being stored. Tomatoes should not be kept in the fridge. This is because the cold atmosphere of the refrigerator will damage the membrane of the tomatoes. Once this occurs, there is always an alteration in the quality, taste, and flavor of such tomatoes.
5. Olive Oil
Olive Oil are not advisable be kept in the refrigerator. This is because the cold atmosphere will instigate condensation which will, in turn, make it hard and uneasy to use. Like its counterparts, Olive oil should be stored in a cool and dark place.
Garlic should not be stored in the refrigerator. Subjecting it to the cold atmosphere will only make it get spoilt, and at the end, it will not be able to serve its purpose. Ideally, garlic should be stored in a cool and dry place.
Storing Onions in the fridge means exposing its moisture to a temperature or atmospheric condition that would accelerate a reduction in its quality. When onions are stored in the refrigerator, they become softened and ineffective for the purpose for which they are preserved. As such, onions should not be kept in the refrigerator; instead, they should be stored in a dry, well ventilated and light filled area.