Never Ever Put These 15 Foods in Your Fridge

We tend to think of the refrigerator as a tool to preserve food for as long as possible. With most foods, that’s true. Without the fridge we couldn’t keep meat, dairy products, or many types of produce in the house. Refrigerators truly are a modern miracle that revolutionized the way families eat.

But as it turns out, there are certain foods that actually lose freshness in the refrigerator. Sometimes chilling food diminishes the flavor or changes the texture.

You’ll want to review all 15 of the foods on our list to improve your cooking and enjoy your food more. If you’ve been putting #9 in the fridge, you have probably never tasted a truly delicious one of these.

Storing the following foods at room temperature can actually help you avoid inadvertently wasting so much good stuf.

 

1. Potatoes



Potatoes are best stored in a cool, dark environment, but the refrigerator is too cold. The chill starts to break down the starch in the potatoes, causing a gritty texture that is unpleasant to eat.

The starch also begins to turn to sugar in the fridge, further impacting the flavor.

 

2. Onions

Onions will spoil more quickly in the refrigerator than on the counter. They’ll get moldy and mushy before you know it. It’s best to store onions at room temperature, but keep them out of direct sunlight.

Once the onion is peeled and cut, you will want to refrigerate it. Just place it in a sealable bag and store it in the vegetable drawer.

 

3. Garlic

Garlic tends to lose its flavor when stored in the fridge. To maintain that pungent taste, keep it in a cool and dry container with some ventilation.

A paper bag is a great example. But garlic does still begin to degrade once the head has been broken open. Be sure to use those cloves within 10 days.

 

4. Melon

 

Whole melons, such as cantaloupe, watermelon, and honeydew, taste best when stored at room temperature.

Some research even suggests that refrigerating melon will degrade the antioxidant content more quickly, so eating it at room temperature makes that fruit healthier, too. After cutting, you can store melon in the fridge for about 3-4 days.

 

5. Honey

 

Honey will crystallize when kept in the refrigerator. It becomes grainy and virtually solid, so it is nearly impossible to use as well as unpleasant.

Honey keeps for a really long time as long as it is stored at room temperature. Honey that has solidified can be recovered by gently warming the bottle in warm water.

 

6. Bread

Bread is relatively perishable in general; it just doesn’t last very long before molding. Some people put it in the refrigerator to stave off mold growth, and it does help in that sense. But refrigerating bread also dries it out so you can’t enjoy it anyway.

Bread is best stored in a bread drawer or in the pantry. If you need to extend its life, freeze it and then toast slices as needed.

 

7. Nuts

Refrigerating nuts can extend their life by preventing the oils from becoming rancid. But even so, you won’t want to eat them chilled because they tend to lose their distinctive nutty flavor as well as absorb the odors of other food in the fridge.

It’s best to store nuts in an airtight container at room temperature. To revive nuts that have been refrigerated, you can toast them in a dry pan before eating.

 

8. Coffee

If you love coffee, you know that there is a huge difference between great coffee and bad coffee.

Refrigerating the beans, either whole or ground, will cause watery condensation to build up, and that makes for a seriously underwhelming brew. Keep those beans in an airtight container at room temperature instead.

 

9. Tomatoes

While a lot of produce does better in the refrigerator, tomatoes are best stored on the counter. Chilling whole tomatoes strips their flavor and makes the texture mealy.

If your tomatoes are under-ripe, put them on a sunny windowsill. If they begin to over-ripen it’s best to cook them, after which they can be stored in the fridge.

 

10. Hot Sauce

It’s okay to store hot sauce in the refrigerator, but it does steal some of the spicy heat of the peppers. And there is really no need to chill hot sauce to preserve it.

There is plenty of vinegar in there that prevents bacterial growth.

 

11. Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread

This tasty spread goes great on graham crackers, toast, or fruit, but when you keep it in the fridge it solidifies and can’t be spread.

Cold chocolate-hazelnut spread also loses some of its distinctive flavor. In general, unopened containers can keep for two months in the pantry. Open containers are safe for about a month past their sell-by date even without refrigeration.

 

12. Apples

You can refrigerate your apples if you prefer them cold, but there is no need to. In fact, chilling them tends to break down their crispness.

Apples are a nice fruit to display on a table or counter for a couple of weeks. At that point, any that haven’t been eaten can be put in the fridge to extend their life a few days more.

 

13. Avocados

It can be tricky to catch avocados at the peak of their ripeness, and they are just not good when they’re too hard or too soft. Eating an under-ripe avocado is like biting into a raw potato, and overripe avocado is mushy and blackened.

Still, it’s only good to refrigerate avocado if you have one that has gotten ripe but you aren’t ready to use it. That can buy you a couple of extra days.

 

14. Berries

Berries just don’t last very long after picking, so it’s best to buy them on the day you want them rather than store them.

Still, the fridge is better than the counter if you are going to hang on to berries for a few days. However, most get moldy very quickly once they become wet, so never rinse a whole carton and then store it.

 

15. Stone Fruit

 

Stone fruit like plums, peaches, nectarines, and apricots ripen best at room temperature. It’s ideal to store them in a paper bag on the counter or in the pantry for peak flavor.

However, if your stone fruit has ripened but you can’t eat it right away, your fridge’s fruit bin will keep it from going mushy for a couple more days.

 

Conclusion

Simply keeping these items in the pantry, on the counter, or in a drawer will improve their flavor, texture, and longevity. However, chilling these foods is recommended after they have been cut or cooked.

Additionally, the fridge can preserve already-ripe fruit for a couple more days, but remember that fruit does not ripen well there. We hope this info will help you begin to enjoy your food in a way you didn’t know was possible!

 

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Cabinet to issue exploitation licenses for Aphrodite gas field

The Cyprus Council of Ministers is expected to issue exploitation licenses for the Aphrodite gas reservoir paving the way for the monetization of Cyprus’ so far only commercial discovery, Minister of Energy Giorgos Lakkotrypis said in Paralimni on Sunday.
 
The Aphrodite gas field in block 12 of the Cyprus EEZ was discovered in 2011, while an appraisal well carried out in 2013 confirmed quantities ranging from 3.6 to 6 tcf with a mean of approximately 4.5 tcf. Moreover, the consortium (Noble with 35%, Shell 35% and Delek 30%) in 2015 declared that the Aphrodite field a commercial discovery. The Cypriot government concluded a revised agreement with Aphrodite partners on the distribution of revenues, paving the way for gas exports to Egypt.
 
“At this stage we are in discussions with the consortium to conclude to a mutually accepted Development and Production Plan, which will submitted to the Council of Minister for the issuance of exploitation licenses for the Aphrodite gas reservoir, the first of their kind in the Cypriot EEZ,” Lakkotrypis said speaking to the press in the sidelines of a memorial service for the soldiers killed during the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus.
 
With regard to the agreement with TOTAL and ENI, Lakkotrypis said the draft agreements are in the stage of legal vetting “so that they will be tabled to the Cabinet for the necessary decisions in the coming days.”
 
Lakkotrypis also said that next week he will visit Cairo for the second meeting of the East Mead Gas Forum comprising seven countries of the region and the EU and the US as observers.
 
“The East Med Gas Forum is a cooperation platform set up by these seven countries so we could cooperate concerning hydrocarbon resources development in the Eastern Mediterranean both with regard to joint infrastructure as well as other issues of mutual concern,” he said.
 
He also said a new quadrilateral meeting at  Energy Ministers level between, Cyprus, Greece and Israel with US representation will be held in Athens, noting that the details and the date is expected to be determined in the coming days.

Lakkotrypis refrained from commenting on press reports that an illegal drilling west carried out by Turkish drill ship, Fatih west of Pafos failed to produce results, noting that he would rather not comment on information which he could not confirm or deny.

 

Source: Stockwatch

Trade deficit reach €1.9 bn

The first estimate for euro area (EA19) exports of goods to the rest of the world in May 2019 was €203.4 billion, an increase of 7.1% compared with May 2018 (€189.9 bn), according to Eurostat, the statistical service of the EU.

Imports from the rest of the world stood at €180.3 bn, a rise of 4.2% compared with May 2018 (€173.0 bn). As a result, the euro area recorded a €23.0 bn surplus in trade in goods with the rest of the world in May 2019, compared with +€16.9 bn in May 2018. Intra-euro area trade rose to €172.0 bn in May 2019, up by 4.9% compared with May 2018.

The total value of Cyprus` exports for the reference period was €1.4 billion a -31% drop compared to the same period of 2019 (€0.8 billion to the EU, or 75% increase and €0.6 billion to the rest of the world or -63% decrease). Meanwhile the value of Cyprus` imports  was €3.3 billion, a -13% decrease compared to last year (€2.2 billion from the EU or -3% decrases and €1.1 billion from the rest of the world or -27% decrease). As a result Cyprus registered a -€1.9 billion trade deficit (compared to  -€1.8 last year),  -€1.3 billion with the EU (compared to  -€1.8 billion last year) and -€0.6 billion with the rest of the world (compared to 0.0).

Meanwhile, January to May 2019, euro area exports of goods to the rest of the world rose to €973.5 bn (an increase of 5.0% compared with January-May 2018), and imports rose to €890.8 bn (an increase of 5.2% compared with JanuaryMay 2018). As a result the euro area recorded a surplus of €82.7 bn, compared with +€80.5 bn in January-May 2018. Intra-euro area trade rose to €838.7 bn in January-May 2019, up by 3.3% compared with January-May 2018.

The first estimate for extra-EU28 exports of goods in May 2019 was €178.5 billion, up by 10.7% compared with May 2018 (€161.3 bn). Imports from the rest of the world stood at €170.7 bn, up by 6.1% compared with May 2018 (€160.9 bn). As a result, the EU28 recorded a €7.8 bn surplus in trade in goods with the rest of the world in May 2019, compared with +€0.4 bn in May 2018. Intra-EU28 trade rose to €308.1 bn in May 2019, +3.5% compared with May 2018.

In January to May 2019, extra-EU28 exports of goods rose to €833.9 bn (an increase of 6.1% compared with January-May 2018), and imports rose to €848.1 bn (an increase of 6.6% compared with January-May 2018). As a result, the EU28 recorded a deficit of €14.2 bn, compared with -€9.9 bn in January-May 2018. Intra-EU28 trade rose to €1 521.9 bn in January-May 2019, +3.9% compared with January-May 2018.

 

Source: Stockwatc

London's mayor blocks plans for controversial 'Tulip' skyscraper

 

London's mayor Sadiq Khan has blocked plans for a controversial tower known as the Tulip, saying the structure would be of "limited" public benefit and "detrimental" to the capital's skyline. In a letter explaining the decision, Khan said the proposal "would not constitute the high standard of design required," and that it would "cause harm to the historic environment, the wider skyline and image of London." The move comes less than four months after city authorities gave a green light to the 1,000-foot-high attraction, which would have become the second-tallest skyscraper in western Europe upon opening in 2025. The proposed design was set to be built amid a cluster of other skyscrapers in the City of London.   The proposed design was set to be built amid a cluster of other skyscrapers in the City of London. Credit: DBOX for Foster + Partners Designed by the prominent architect Norman Foster's firm, Foster + Partners, the proposed tower featured viewing platforms, restaurants and educational facilities for children. The design also envisaged a collection of rotating glass pods that would transport visitors around the building's exterior.     But the proposal attracted criticism from social media users and heritage groups after it was unveiled in November 2018. London's City Airport, located just six miles away, even sought assurance from city planners that the moving pods wouldn't interfere with air traffic control systems. Nonetheless, plans were approved by the City of London Corporation, which governs the City of London. Its Planning and Transportation Committee voted 18-7 in favor of the project in April. The 1,000-foot-high attraction would have become the second-tallest skyscraper in western Europe.   The 1,000-foot-high attraction would have become the second-tallest skyscraper in western Europe. Credit: DBOX for Foster + Partners But Khan moved to intervene Monday, exercising his power to refuse planning permission to any proposals in the city. Expressing concerns about the impact on "strategic views," the mayor cited additional worries about inadequate cycle parking and public spaces. His letter added that the project would result in a "poor quality, unwelcoming, unnecessarily confined pedestrian environment."

Divided opinions

The heritage group Historic England, a longstanding critic of the design, welcomed Monday's decision. In a statement it described the building as "essentially a tall lift shaft with a bulge on top," adding that the proposal would have caused "permanent and irreversible damage to... the image and identity of the capital."     The group behind the proposal, the Tulip Project, has claimed that the attraction would welcome 1.2 million visitors a year, creating hundreds of jobs and injecting £970 million ($1.2 billion) into London's economy by 2045. Despite high-profile criticism, a Comres poll commissioned by the project's planners found that 65% of the 1,011 Londoners polled thought it would be an "attractive" addition to the skyline. In a statement emailed to CNN, the Tulip Project said it was "disappointed by The Mayor of London's ... direct refusal of planning permission, particularly as the Tulip will generate immediate and longer-term socio-economic benefits to London and the UK as a whole." The group declined to comment on whether it would submit revised plans for the site, saying it would "now take time to consider potential next steps" for the project. The design featured moving glass pods to take vistors around the building's exterior.   The design featured moving glass pods to take vistors around the building's exterior. Credit: DBOX for Foster + Partners In 2008, the Mayor of London's powers were significantly expanded to include the authority to refuse planning permission to buildings deemed contrary to the London Plan -- the city's spatial development strategy -- or "otherwise contrary to good strategic planning in Greater London." Yesterday's decision marks the 10th time that Khan has exercised this power since his election in 2016, according to official records.     Khan's predecessor Boris Johnson -- now the front-runner to be named Britain's new prime minister -- used the power on seven occasions. In 2009, he also used his mayoral authority to overrule local concerns and approve a controversial £450 million ($562 million) tower in East London, although the project was eventually shelved.  

Cypriot bonds purchased by ECB amount to rise to €1.8 billion

Cypriot bonds purchased by the European Central Bank (ECB) through redemptions of maturing bonds purchased during the Asset Purchase Programme (APP) amounted to €1.8 billion.
 
The ECB in June purchased Cypriot bonds amounting to €96 million with the total stock of Cypriot bonds held by the ECB in end-June amounting to €1,178 million.
 
The bonds’s remaining weighted average rose to 6.96 years in June from 6.3 years in end-April.
 
By the end of 2018 when the ECB terminated new bond purchases as part of the APP, the stock of Cypriot bonds acquired by the ECB amounted to €678 million that correspond to approximately 0,03% of total purchases.
 
A spokesman of the Central Bank of Cyprus told CNA that following Cyprus’ return to investment-status, that rendered the island’s bonds eligible for purchases, the ECB will increase the purchase of Cypriot bonds to Cyprus’ capital key of 0.2%.

Source: StockWatch

 

Finance Minister notes importance of corporate social responsibility policies

The government of Cyprus has prepared a bill which should be adopted by the Parliament by the end of the year in an attempt to enforce the establishment of companies which adopt policies of corporate social responsibility, Finance Minister Harris Georgiades has said.

Addressing on Friday the 12th conference on corporate social responsibility which took place in Nicosia, the Minister said that the society requires all organizations and businesses to undertake their responsibilities and  account for their actions.

He added that increasing demands for transparency, responsible behavior and the need for everyone to contribute to sustainable development goals require businesses and organizations to adopt actions on the environment and the society.
 
Georgiades said that in this regard, the promotion of policies of corporate social responsibility gains significance and  also stems from the wishes of modern customers and investors, who show their preference to companies that are socially responsible, respect people, legislations, business ethics and the environment.

He added that an increasing number of companies understand this necessity and acknowledge that there are many and long term benefits that come from the implementation of such actions.

 

Source: StockWatch

London to get 'world's first' infinity pool with 360-degree views ( Video & Photos)

Get a new bikini and ready your Instagram – an infinity pool is coming to London.

This is not just any infinity pool, however. This is an infinity pool on top of a building in the centre of the city, providing 360-degree views of the area.

 

 

 

The designers, Compass Pools, say the pool is a ‘world first’, describing the concept as ‘the only building in the world to incorporate a 360-degree infinity pool’. Sounds fancy, right?

The plan is to have the pool sit on top of some hotel rooms at the top of a skyscraper, just to fully hammer home the luxury aspect.

The floors and sides will all be transparent, so visitors will see the swimmers paddling above them. Handy for exhibitionists who want to show off their breaststroke.

The designers imagine entry through a spiral staircase that rises in the water

In order to keep the pool looking glorious, there are no stairs on the outside of the pool or the building. How do you get in the water, you may ask?

Apparently, a spiral staircase will rotate and rise through the pool to provide access.

 

 

The concept images don’t show how this works, so we’re intrigued to see if this can actually become a reality.

We can only imagine how slippery those stairs will be. Guests at the hotel will be able to see the swimmers from underneath 

 

 

 

Swimming pool designer and technical director Alex Kemsley said: ‘We faced some quite major technical challenges to this building, the biggest one being how to actually get into the pool. ‘Normally a simple ladder would suffice, but we didn’t want stairs on the outside of the building or in the pool as it would spoil the view – and obviously you don’t want 600,000 litres of water draining through the building either. ‘The solution is based on the door of a submarine, coupled with a rotating spiral staircase which rises from the pool floor when someone wants to get in or out – the absolute cutting edge of swimming pool and building design and a little bit James Bond to boot!’ At night time the pool will be lit up with twinkling lights. Pretty.

 

 

Alex adds: ‘Architects often come to us to design roof top infinity pools, but rarely do we get a say in the building design because the pool is usually an afterthought. ‘But on this project, we actually started with the pool design and essentially said, ‘how do we put a building underneath this?’ ‘When we designed the pool, we wanted an uninterrupted view, both above and below the water.

 

Source: Metro

FinMin: The economy enters new promising phase

The government remains committed to maintain fiscal discipline but also to continue promoting an ambitious reform agenda to enhance the competitiveness and the growth potential of our economy, Cyprus Minister of Finance Harris Georgiades said on Friday.
 
Speaking to 4rth Cyprus International Investors Summit, Georgiades said that although the economy is advancing with a strong steady pace with rising asset prices and rising investment and consumption, Georgiades said the Government remains committed to maintain fiscal discipline but also to continue promoting an ambitious reform agenda in order to continuously enhance the competitiveness and the growth potential of our economy.
 
“This is exactly my parting message to you. That you should feel safe, you should feel welcomed and you should pursue the business and investment opportunities that Cyprus has to offer,” he said.
 
Georgiades gave an upbeat tone, noting that “the Cyprus economy has already entered a new promising phase.”

As he pointed out, the said that the productive base is gradually expanding into new sectors including Higher Education, Research and Innovation, offshore natural gas, renewables and investment fund management.
 
“And we know that there is a potential to lead the Cyprus economy even higher, so we should do more in terms of reform, we should invest more in technology and we should continue to promoting incentives for new business. I can assure you that this is exactly the plan of our government.”
 
On the banking sector, Georgiades said following the expansion in the decade, latest actions have included the strengthening of the legal framework and most notably the carving out of almost half of the Non/performing loans (NPLs) from the banking sector.
 
“So obviously a full cleanup of the balance sheets of the Cyprus banks can only happen gradually, but it is encouraging that a new credit is picking up and is of a much more improved quality,” he said.
 
Furthermore, the Finance Minister expressed concern over the rising instability and the escalated tensions to world trade, noting that Cyprus closely monitors the developments regarding Brexit.

Noting that a no-deal Brexit is not off the table, Georgiades said “we are not complacent about this prospect but at the same time we are not panicking either, feeling that the comparative advantages of our small  open economy will dampen any downside.”

 

Source: StockWatch

Cabinet approves debt relief scheme for homeowners

Eligible borrowers will apply in September and the first payments are expected to be made in December  

The long-awaited debt relief scheme for vulnerable homeowners was approved by the cabinet on Wednesday and is expected to be fully implemented by the end of the year, Finance Minister Harris Georgiades said.

The stated purpose of Estia is to assist, support and protect vulnerable households who have mortgaged their primary residences houses for their loans and at the same time reduce the high number of bad debts.

“We consider Estia a scheme that adds to the toolbox for tackling this old residue, the serious problem of non-performing loans by focusing on what is perhaps the most sensitive category of borrowers, those who have their primary residence as collateral,” the minister said.

“We will monitor how it will be implemented, remaining optimistic that it will be a scheme that will substantively help households first and foremost, borrowers who found themselves in difficult position, and management of the problem.”

Parliament has already approved the budget, and banks and other asset management entities will enter the scheme next month. Eligible borrowers will apply in September and the first payments are expected to be made in December, the minister said.

It applies to loans (mortgages) that were classed as non-performing as at September 30, 2017. Loans designated as non-performing after that date are not eligible. The primary residence which is mortgaged must have a maximum market value of up to €350,000.

The scheme applies to the first mortgage on a residence, and covers loans or credit facilities regardless of currency.

Total household income of the applicant must not exceed the following: €60,000 for a family with at least four dependents; €55,000 for a family with three dependents; €50,000 for a family with two dependents; €45,000 with one dependent; €35,000 for a couple with no children, and €20,000 for a single-member household.

The criteria also apply for single-parent families.

An applicant’s other net assets in 2016, 2017, and 2018, must not exceed 80 per cent of the market value of the main residence after its evaluation. In any case they should not exceed €250,000.

Any cash or deposits exceeding €10,000, or 20 per cent of the rest of the applicant’s net assets, whichever is higher, and which are not used to secure any other loans, must be paid towards the non-performing facility before the restructuring procedure.

Other terms and conditions also apply.

The loans will be written down to the market value of the primary residence and then the borrower will have to pay two-thirds of the rescheduled loan every month and the taxpayer (the state) is going to subsidise one-third of the monthly instalments on that rescheduled loan.

Source: CyprusMail

FinMin: State monopoly is not the answer in competitive sectors

Finance Minister Harris Georgiades has said that state monopolies are not the answer when it comes to competitive sectors.

Replying to journalists’ questions at the Ministry, on Friday, Georgiades dismissed opposition parties’ criticism over recent rise in airline tickets and allusions that this is related to the state air carrier Cyprus Airways shutting down in January 2015.

He spoke of previous bad management which led to the carrier’s defaulting and the European Commission’s unavoidable conclusion that state aid granted in support of the ailing airline in past years had been illegal.

“Without a doubt I reiterate now that state monopolies is not the answer in such competitive sectors,” the Finance Minister stressed.
According to him the answer is for market forces to be able to work. That is what institutions such as the Competition Protection Committee are there for.

A Finance Ministry press release shows that after Cyprus Airways shut down the Air Transport Passengers Index presented a significant drop and that from 2016 onward when low cost airlines made an appearance in Cyprus the index remains stable.

According to the graphics contained in the press release, there are significant changes in airline tickets for different destinations.

In particular, the cost to fly to Athens and to Thessaloniki, has presented a significant increase in June 2019.  

On the other hand, airline tickets to London and Manchester follow a downward trend.

In comparison to the relevant EU index for the period December 2016 to May 2019 the timeline seems to follow the same tendency but a lower price level.

 

Source: Stockwatch

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