What if you’re going to grab a slice of bread and happened to see mold on it. There is nothing worse than this. Right? You thought you were storing it the right way, so what went wrong here? Well, we would like to bring it to your notice that there’s a good chance you’ve most likely been storing foods all wrong in your kitchen.
1. Peanut Butter
Peanut Butter is a pantry item, but keeping it right-side-up is actually not ideal. That’s right: Your best bet is to store that jar of peanut butter upside down, especially if it’s natural peanut butter.
Because natural peanut butter consists of just peanuts and sometimes a bit of salt instead of a ton of added hydrogenated oils, you’ll notice oil floating at the top. This oil separation is totally fine, but you’ll have to do some stirring before you start scooping it out. So by placing jar pantry upside down in your pantry, this will help evenly distribute the oils, avoiding that pool that would typically form.
Typically just place that bunch of bananas in a basket on your counter and break each one off when you want to eat a banana? Prepare to have your mind blown as the best way to store bananas when they’re still in their respective peels is on the counter with the stems wrapped, away from each other.
See, keeping bananas away from each other and your other products is the best bet, as they produce high amounts of ethylene gas, and keeping them in close proximity to each other will just speed up the ripening process.
You don’t need to keep that load in the fridge like you always thought! You should keep your loaves stored on the counter, tightly wrapped and out of the light, or inside of a bread box. If your counter gets a lot of exposure to sunlight and you don’t have a bread box though, you can store the tightly wrapped bread in the pantry where it’s dark and room temperature.
Only opt for freezing your bread if it’s the type that is meant to be frozen like Ezekiel bread, or you know it’s going to take you a while to eat it all.
If you’re currently storing your grounds or beans in the refrigerator or freezer, it’s time to relocate them—to the pantry, of course! The best way to store coffee is in an airtight container at room temperature. Keeping coffee in the fridge can actually alter the flavor, as it actually absorbs odors from its environment, so your coffee will start to take on the flavors of what it is surrounded by.
Tomatoes are another food that doesn’t need to be in the refrigerator if that’s where you always stored it once you’re home from the grocery store. Instead, keep tomatoes out of the fridge and stored in a cool, dry place at room temperature, away from sunlight.
Now this one is a bit shocking, but you don’t actually have to store butter in the refrigerator. A report from the FDA explains that pasteurized, salted butter is actually safe to keep out on your counter at room temperature as the likelihood of butter spoiling is low. Butter can be stored in either the fridge or on the countertop, but it does not need to be refrigerated for safety purposes like you might’ve thought.