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Moving in with your partner can unearth a whole list of things you don’t agree on. But none greater than the fridge vs cupboard debate.
One minute you’re merging your styles flawlessly and the next, they’re telling you to put the sauce in the fridge and you’re telling them to shove it… elsewhere.
But now we can finally put the quarrel between room temp and refrigerated to rest, as Dr Duane Mellor, Adjunct Associate Professor at University of Canberra and Senior Lecturer in Nutrition at Coventry University, offers some insight to help you win (or lose) your argument…
Fridge or cupboard? Cupboard (oooh controversial!)
“Eggs can be kept outside the refrigerator. ” says Dr Duane. “The main factor here is how warm your kitchen is – if you live in Queensland you may want to consider refrigerating your eggs, but people in Canberra are probably fine not to. If you are going to refrigerate your eggs its best to place them in the inside door of the refrigerator, not in the back or bottom of the refrigerator. “
Basically, eggs do need a cool-ish environment, so fridge is best if you’re unsure, but cupboard is a-ok if you live in a cooler climate. Most egg manufactures recommend storing below 15 degrees celsius.
#2 TOMATO SAUCE
Fridge or cupboard? Cupboard
“Realistically, sauces are fine for up to four weeks outside of the refrigerator”, says Dr Duane (take that fridge saucers!).
“Most sauces are traditionally made with salt, sugar or vinegar to preserve them. If you’re purchasing a sauce with a modified recipe that has lower salt or sugar then you may need to refrigerate it.”
Fridge or cupboard? Whatever floats your boat
“This one comes down to personal preference.” says Dr Duane, “Keeping your chocolate in the refrigerator won’t cause any problems, nor will leaving it in the cupboard. However, it is important to remain consistent with where you store your chocolate, and you aren’t putting in the fridge and then leaving it in the cupboard later on. If you move the chocolate between different temperatures it will cause “blooming”– should this happen the chocolate is fine to eat, however it does create white patches that may look unsavoury.”
So maybe don’t sneak the block out of the fridge when your partner isn’t looking…
“One more thing to note is that Australian chocolate likely has a higher melting temperature than European chocolate, as the climate is warmer here. This means if you’re bringing back nice Belgian chocolate from your latest European trip you may want to refrigerate it.“
Fridge or cupboard? Cupboard
While most other foods have variables, Dr Duane is certain in saying “don’t keep your potatoes in the fridge.”
“The starches in the potato will break down and cause the vegetable to go sweet. While there’s no risk associated with this, it does create a weird taste when you eat it and may also cause colour changes.“
Fridge or cupboard? Cupboard (or fruit bowl)
“Don’t keep your bananas in the fridge, as their natural climate is warm.” says Dr Duane. “An option for overripe bananas is to peel them and put them in the freezer, giving you a natural sweet treat.”
WHERE to store things in your fridge
Once you decide what goes in and what stays out, the placement of your fridge food is also important – not only for the best temperatures, but to maximise space. To help, LG have provided this easy guide for optimal fridge positioning:
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