Have too many pumpkins for Halloween and want to save some of the medium-sized and smaller ones for later use? No problem. But don’t put them in the refrigerator, even if you have room. The cold will, in fact, damage the pumpkin, not preserve it.
Instead, store your pumpkins in a dry, cool environment such as your pantry. Feel a pattern emerging? Most things can be stored safely in your pantry (that’s what it’s for!), except for most dairy products… always refrigerate those.
There is nothing worse than spices losing their flavor and clumping together. That’s exactly what happens when you keep your spices in the refrigerator. Just don’t do it. Most ground spices are good for years in dry storage anyways.
Place your dry spices in your kitchen cupboard or spice rack. At room temperature, they will be more potent, taste better and be more aromatic than if there were kept in the cold fridge or freezer. You’ll thank yourself for it in the long run.
Apples can be risky to keep in the fridge as they are an ethylene-producing fruit. If you keep them with other fruits and vegetables, then they will ripen more quickly. Sometimes that might just be too quick and leave you with spoilt fruits and veggies.
Apples can last for a good week or two on the counter and they can be quite the decorative piece with their delicious colors. If you do end up keeping them in the fridge (as they will last longer) just make sure to keep them separate! And remember, one bad apple spoils the whole bunch!
35. Hot Sauce
Hot sauce is made of some pretty strong ingredients — so strong, in fact, that they create inhospitable environments for bacteria and foodborne illness. As such, hot sauce does not require refrigeration. Some hot sauces will even solidify if you put them in the refrigerator, so be careful!
That being said, your hot sauce will have a longer shelf life if you keep it in the fridge and the flavor will last longer. So it really depends on what type of hot sauce user you are. Do you keep just one bottle for years? Or do you run through a bottle on a monthly basis? If you’re a more frequent user then keep it out and enjoy the fresher taste.