What's in your fridge? Probably too much, study reveals
What do you keep in your fridge?
Research by manufacturer Sharp has found that 26 per cent of us keep medicines in the fridge, six per cent keep glue, three per cent nail varnish and one per cent paint and batteries, alongside the more conventional food items.
But top chefs claim that our obsession with refrigeration is often unnecessary - and is shortening the shelf-life of food.
Raymond Blanc told The Times: "People keep far too much food in their fridge and it is normally a complete mess. They've got into the habit of refrigerating absolutely everything when often there is simply no need. We assume a product is always better kept chilled than at ambient temperature, and in the case of protein and dairy, that is true. But there are many products that are better kept out."
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So here's a breakdown of the dos and don'ts of keeping things in your fridge...
1. What we shouldn't keep in the fridge:
Tomatoes - they will lose flavour and texture
Lemons and limes - it can dry the flesh out
Bananas - they will turn black
Bread and cakes - will go stale quicker
Potatoes - their flavour will be ruined
Mushrooms - can go soggy
Onions and garlic - can go mushy
2. What we don't need to keep in the fridge:
Ketchup, chutney and jams - these have enough natural preservatives to be kept out of the fridge
Nutella and peanut butter - they can become difficult to spread
Eggs - will keep at room temperature
3. What we should keep in the fridge once opened, but mostly don't:
Coffee - helps to maintain flavour
Cooking oils - will prevent them going rancid