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5 Foods You Are Probably Storing Incorrectly Right Now

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To refrigerate or not to refrigerate, that is the question. At least, it's the question if you're talking about eggs. Here in the States we refrigerate our eggs. This isn't because we're overzealous and freaked out about disease for no reason -- there's science behind our madness!

Because in America, our hens aren't immunized against salmonella like the hens in Europe. Additionally, we refrigerate our eggs because our intense egg-cleaning process strips the egg of its naturally protective cuticle. If you live in Europe, by all means, keep your eggs in the cupboard. But if you live stateside, it's not a risk you should take based on how the eggs are prepared.

More from The Stir: 5 Crazy Things You Didn't Know About Eggs

But eggs aren't the only thing we fret about when it comes to proper food storage. For every person who thinks they've finally got it down, there's another study out there that says everything they're doing is wrong. So what IS the right way to store these foods? While my research hasn't been exhausted (because of boredom), I think I can help you out with a few.

What stuff are you firm about keeping in the fridge regardless of the rules?

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the4m... the4mutts

I keep bread in the fridge. Period. It has never dried out or gone stale on me either. Lasts twice as long.

JS0512 JS0512

I do the same as the4mutts.  My bread has always gone in the fridge because we don't go through it fast enough.  I keep the bag sealed tight and have never had it go stale.  I do have issues when I freeze never seems to thaw properly.  Either seems stale or soggy after.

nonmember avatar singer825

Yea I keep my bread in the fridge too. It does stiffen up a little bit, but I actually prefer it that way. Call me crazy.

Lisa Samolinski Weber

I never keep my maple syrup in the fridge, I have never had a problem

Melissa Mullins

The canned cheese I put in the cuppard, it gets cluppy and sticks together in the fridge. My cheese hase never gone bad and have used the same can upto a year or so, never had a problem. Sometimes eggs get left out over night, been fine, bread on the counter, mold is only a problem in the winter, durring the summer it can last 2 months or more. Katchup and soy sauce are in the fridge and we can use the same bottle for years. Maple surup get put in the cupard never had mold, and it wont get too thick needing warmed up to use. 

nonmember avatar NoWay

For bread, I keep one loaf in the fridge and one loaf "on deck" in the freezer. It molds way too fast on the counter. I also keep potatoes in the fridge because I don't use them often and they either rot or grow eyes if I put them in the cupboard.

jshal... jshalas89

We don't put ketchup or mustard in the fridge...for waaay longer than a month. And look, I'm still alive.

Mama2... Mama2lilGarrett

Eggs from our chickens we don't refrigerate till they have been washed.

3Musk... 3MusketeerMama

I refrigerate bread AND tortillas and it keeps it fresh much longer. We live in the desert and anything left out gets crusty and dehydrated really fast because of the dry air (and the fact that our a/c still kicks on regularly to keep the house at 78 degrees). I don't have a problem with stale bread when it is kept in the fridge.

Trina Johnson Essiam

That explains it!! I freaked out when I traveled abroad and saw that the eggs were not refrigerated.

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