Don't stick that onion in the fridge! You might think that you're being resourceful. You might think you're stretching your dollars by prolonging the life of your produce (which, in a way, you kind of are). But what you're really doing is making them taste worse -- a lot worse.
If you think about it, refrigerating much of our produce just isn't logical. All of the foods we eat are unique, so it makes sense that they should be treated according to their individual makeup. There's a pretty simple rule to follow (disclaimer: it isn't 100 percent fool-proof, because even supermarkets get it wrong sometimes): if it's not being kept cold at the supermarket, it really shouldn't be kept cold in your home.
The fruits and veggies that most often get mistreated are onions, potatoes and tomatoes. (And the banana too, but we won't get into that again.) Plain and simple, these three items are at their best when kept out of the fridge. Yes, they're still edible if refrigerated. And yes, they might technically have a longer life-span in your crisper drawer. But all in all, it's in your best interest to leave them out.
Click through the slideshow below to learn why this produce goes bad in the fridge, and how to best store them. Also, you can learn an interesting fact about potatoes and onions, too.
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Refrigerators are just too cold for potatoes and causes their starches to be turned into sugar. This makes them oddly sweet when cooked -- and not in a good way. This extra sugar also causes potatoes to darken prematurely when cooked, making them just a little less appetizing. The Idaho Potato company recommends that you store potatoes in a cool, dark place. If stored this way, potatoes can stay fresh for 1-3 weeks.
Tomatoes also have a bad reaction when in the cold: they get soft and mushy. When you refrigerate tomatoes, the membranes in the cell walls become damaged which creates an overall mealy texture. Instead, you should store tomatoes at room temperature, out of the sunlight (which can ripen the fruit unevenly), and stem side up for minimal bruising.
Onions, just like tomatoes, become soft in the fridge -- and what's an onion without its crisp bite? They also have the tendency to impart their flavor on surrounding produce. And while you might love the taste of onions, you probably don't want everything to taste like one. It's actually better to keep whole onions in a warm dry place until they're cut. Once cut, you should store them in the fridge, covered; they will keep for a few days. One more thing to keep in mind: never store your onions and potatoes together. Onions and potatoes can both give off gases that will cause the other to spoil faster.