Foods That Should Be Kept Out of the Fridge

And as it turns out, the refrigerator is not the go-to storage unit for all your produce. Below are 5 types of produce you shouldn’t keep in your fridge.

Tomatoes: The fridge is not the ideal place to store tomatoes. Store them there and your perfect tomatoes turn into a mealy disappointment. They’ll still be good for cooking, but not the best for eating fresh. Instead store them on your counter (not in direct sunlight) and enjoy them when they’re ripe.

Basil: Extended periods of time in a cold environment like a refrigerator causes it to wilt prematurely. Basil will do best if it’s stored on your counter and treated as you would fresh cut-flowers.

Potatoes: They do best at around 45 degrees F, which is about 10 degrees warmer than the average refrigerator. Most of us don’t have a root cellar, so keeping them in a paper bag in a coolish spot (like a pantry) is best. Storing potatoes at cold temperatures converts their starch to sugar more quickly, which can affect the flavor, texture and the way they cook.

Onions: Onions don’t come out of the ground with that protective papery skin. To develop and keep that dry outer layer, they need to be “cured” and kept in a dry environment like a pantry, which is not as damp as the refrigerator. Store onions in a cool, dry, dark, well-ventilated place. (Light can cause the onions to become bitter.)

Avocados: Avocados don’t start to ripen until after they’re picked from the tree. The bottom line on storing avocados is store hard, unripe avocados on your counter and store ripe avocados in your refrigerator if you’re not going to eat them right away.

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Tomatoes Recalled After Possible Salmonella Contamination

05 May 2011 Last updated at 11:25 GMT

A tomato grower from Florida voluntarily recalled its grape tomato shipments after a sample of the tomatoes tested positive for salmonella. Six L’s Packing Company Inc. stated that there were no infections or illnesses reported that was connected to their April 29 recalling. The company, which is based in Immokalee, Florida, also said that the recall was just a precaution and that their previous products had not been affected.

The company released a statement saying that the recalled product was packed on April 11 under the Cherry Berry lot code DW-H in clam shells or 20-pound cardboard containers. The tomatoes were distributed to California, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia, as well as Canada. With such a wide array of recipients all across North America, the company is careful to be cautious.

According to Six L’s, the contamination was discovered by a U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector at a New York distributor. The tomatoes were said to originate from a farm in Estero, Florida. The tomatoes in New York were also used in deli salads made by Taylor Farms Pacific Inc. According to the company, it had also started recalling products.

The deli salads were sold in plastic trays in deli counters located in Albertsons, Raley’s Safeway, Save-mart, Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart stores. The states that have these deli salads include Arizona, Oregon, California, Montana, Idaho, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Washington and New Mexico. Customers that have purchased the salads were asked to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Grape tomatoes are smaller than usual and have similar size and sweetness to cherry tomatoes. These tomatoes have been popular in recent years because of their bite-sized shape and higher sugar content than regular tomatoes. The Six L’s company is the largest tomato grower in Florida and among the largest tomato and vegetable suppliers in the country. The company packs an average annual of over 15 million boxes of tomatoes.

Salmonella is among the most dangerous bacteria that can be found in foods and can sometimes cause deadly infections in small children, elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems. Symptoms of salmonella infection include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and severe abdominal pain. If caught early, it can be treated with antibiotic and oral hydration. So far, there have been no reported cases of salmonella infection from the Six L’s tomatoes.