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Don’t Know What Goes into the Fridge and What Doesn’t? We’ve Got You Covered!

Many of us prefer to cook at home nowadays as it healthier and more cost-efficient. Buying our own groceries and cooking at home also give us a certa

Many of us prefer to cook at home nowadays as it healthier and more cost-efficient. Buying our own groceries and cooking at home also give us a certain sense of satisfaction and achievement. Another plus side is that we can decide on the meals according to our own taste and preferences -- the best of both worlds when it comes to making the food that we love!

But there is one tricky part to all of these, especially for those of us who just started cooking “full-time” – sometimes we may not be aware of certain kitchen practices or food storage fundamentals. Some of us get confused as to which ingredient should and should not be kept inside the refrigerator. Ingredients are an important aspect to cooking and fresh ingredients are key to our health. But apart from ingredients, our refrigerators also play a crucial role in keeping us healthy.

A reliable refrigerator helps keep ingredients as fresh as the day you bought them. It is one of the greatest inventions of all time – where else can we store our leftover Maggie Goreng Pedas without it going bad? Trust us, if you were stuck on a deserted island, you will miss your refrigerator the most. Nothing replaces the pleasure of drinking an ice-cold beverage at a whim. More importantly, it provides us a safe and convenient space to store and preserve our leftovers. An example would be the LG InstaView Refrigerator that possesses state-of-the-art features to ensure food items are kept fresh at all times.

So, what food ingredients should go into the fridge and what stays out? Not to worry, we’ve prepared a list of common food items that every household would have in their kitchen -- and whether or not they belong in the fridge.

Things that should be refrigerated
This is a common struggle for every household, especially when you have a big family. So, what are some of the things that definitely belong in the fridge?

Cut Watermelon
With the hot and humid environment that Malaysians live in, watermelon is a great refresher on a hot, sunny day. However, watermelons, once cut, are prone to rapid growth of bacteria and germs. Cut watermelons should be refrigerated to prevent the reproduction of germs and bacteria. We don’t want to be eating a cut watermelon or any type of food that’s filled with bacteria now, do we?

To keep your freshly cut watermelons from bacteria and for them to stay fresh longer, you need a reliable refrigerator such as the LG InstaView Refrigerator. The LG InstaView Refrigerator’s Hygiene FRESH+TM feature can not only remove bacteria up to 99.999%, but also minimise bad odour in the refrigerator, keeping your cut watermelons fresher in a cleaner condition. Away with bacteria from your fresh and delicious cut watermelons!

Fresh Meat
This goes without saying that fresh meat, unless it will be cooked immediately, should be refrigerated. Fresh meat carries bacteria, which would multiple rapidly if not refrigerated and would lead to the spoiling of the meat. Keeping meat at a cold temperature would prevent bacterial growth, ensuring that it stays fresh and more importantly, safe to consume.

To keep bacteria from growing and fresh meat safe, the LG InstaView Refrigerator can help you with that. It comes with the Inverter Linear Compressor feature that maintains optimal temperature control to keep foods fresher and longer. Steak dinners will now taste even better with a capable fridge that does the job of making sure your fresh meat is kept at the optimal temperature.

Now that you know some of the things that should be refrigerated, how about things that you should not keep refrigerated?

Things that shouldn’t be refrigerated
There’s a common misconception that when we put food items in the refrigerator, they would remain fresh and last for a longer period of time. However, that is actually untrue. Some ingredients, if refrigerated, may go bad or even lose their flavours.

Onions
Onions should never be refrigerated; when onions are chilled, the cold, humid temperatures in a refrigerator converts the starch to sugars, making it soft or soggy. This will make onions go bad and reduce their shelf life significantly. Instead, onions should always be kept in cool, dry, ventilated, and shaded area as they need air to breathe. Also, be sure to keep the onions separated from potatoes as potatoes can excrete moisture that speed up an onion’s decomposition. Bet you didn’t know that, did you? As for cooked onions, like all cooked leftovers, it needs to be refrigerated and will last up to three days in the fridge.

Potatoes
Lovers of Kari Ayam will definitely have this in their home. Potatoes are common household staple food item, but many do not know that they should not be refrigerated. Keeping a potato in cold temperature of your refrigerator will turn its starch into sugar more quickly and you’ll be left with a sweet, gritty potato. Ideally, potatoes should be kept in dark, cool places such as the inside of a pantry. There’s nothing wrong with having sweet potatoes but not when they are in your Kari Ayam!

Besides knowing what belongs in the refrigerator and what doesn’t, a good quality refrigerator is also important to leading a healthy lifestyle, ensuring the food items stay fresh and keeping your family healthy. LG InstaView Refrigerator is also equipped with the FRESHBalancer™ feature, which keeps your fruits and vegetables in an optimal condition respectively by adjusting the right amount of humidity. With just a simple switch, your fruits and vegetables will taste fresh as the day you bought them!

Can you imagine a life without refrigerator? We sure can’t! It is one of the best product innovations and it is a lifesaver when it comes to midnight snack sessions. Fun fact: the LG InstaView Refrigerator comes with the “Knock-knock” feature that allows you to see what’s inside the fridge without opening it. With two quick knocks on the front glass panel, it will illuminate and show what’s inside. Talk about convenience! Plus, being able to see inside the easy access compartment without having to open the refrigerator door reduces cold air loss to help keep food fresher longer. Energy efficient and convenient!

Now that you know what food items can go into the fridge and what shouldn’t, you are on your way to a much healthier lifestyle. It is especially important now to keep you and your family healthy. Having fresh food items and retaining their nutrients as much as possible can help improve the health and wellbeing of you and your family.
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