Don't Keep These Foods in Your Pantry!

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1) Tomato sauce

Your cupboard may be packed with tomato sauce from the most recent sale, but it should always be refrigerated after opening.

2) Dijon mustard

Dijon mustard can be kept in the pantry and not go bad, but storing it in the refrigerator ensures that it will retain its delicious flavor. So, put it in the fridge to keep it fresh.

3) Salami

You already know to store raw chicken and beef in the refrigerator, and the same holds true for cured meats such as salami.

4) Bananas

Surprised? Keeping your bananas on prime cupboard real estate may be familiar to you, but they keep ripening if you do so. You may store them in the fridge after they're ready to eat.

5) Pure maple syrup

However, unlike maple-flavored syrup, this pure variety of syrup must be kept in the refrigerator to avoid mold growth.

6) Chocolate syrup

Your chocolate syrup will lose its flavor if left in the pantry. One notable exception is Nesquik syrup, which crystallizes when refrigerated.

7) Whole-grain flour

Whole grain flour contains oils from the bran and germ, which can degrade quickly. By storing whole-grain flour in the freezer, you may extend the shelf life.

8) Corn on the cob

Either prepare this summery favorite immediately, or place it in the refrigerator. At room temperature, a cob of corn can lose 50 percent of its sugar content.

9) Unsalted butter

Only salted butter should be kept out of the refrigerator, since the salt can prevent the growth of bacteria. Additionally, it should be stored in an airtight container.

10) Jam and jelly

Almost all jelly and jam jars state "Refrigerate after opening," so simply adhere to the directions. Fruit spreads left out at room temperature for 48 hours should not be consumed.

11) Organic peanut butter

The oils in natural or organic peanut butter will separate and become rancid. These must be stored in the refrigerator.

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