Health & Wellness

Foods You Should Not Put In The Fridge

Let’s face it, we all love our food. There is no better sight than seeing a full fridge. Sometimes, we are inclined to stuff it with everything we’ve got. Unfortunately, such an action can yield completely opposite results. To avoid putting all the wrong foods in the fridge, we’ve decided to lend you a hand. We’ve compiled a list of the 52 foods that have the fridge as a big no-no. The contents may surprise you.

1. Eggs

Although most of us put our eggs in the fridge, there is actually no need to. You can keep them at a room temperature and they won’t spoil. The problem in this case is the flavor. Eggs from a refrigerator differ a lot from the natural taste. If you want your eggs to taste unspoiled and unblemished, keep them in a dry, cool place.

2. Salad

There is one simple trick when trying to preserve salad. It can be completely fine for long periods of time, but only if it had oil or vinegar in it. Furthermore, salad dressing may contract a bad smell if they are exposed to extreme cold. However, some salads indeed need refrigeration. These are usually ones based on mayo or yogurt.

3. Bananas

Many of us will agree that bananas are amongst the tastiest fruit out there. Also, we love to have the possibility of having a few of them in the vicinity. Therefore, putting them in a refrigerator is a solution that comes to our minds first. The result will be faster rotting due to the cold temperature. It will decelerate the ripening procedure.

4. Potatoes

Potatoes are amongst the most used vegetables. They go perfectly with every dish and having them around is an amazing benefit to your cooking. Potatoes require cool and dark places, so the refrigerator is not an option. Instead, try putting them in a box, away from direct sunlight.

5. Onion

If you don’t want fungal growth on your onions, keep them away from the refrigerator along with the plastic bags. In this situation, onions can start decaying as they soften over time. Thus, just like potatoes, an uncovered box is an ideal place for them if they are unpeeled. The presence of air will be helpful and it will ensure that they are fresh and ready to use anytime.

6. Bread

We think that we can all agree that dried bread is not a desirable situation. If you want to prevent this from happening, don’t put it in the fridge. Besides the dryness, you will make it become difficult to chew.  Unless it’s an already made sandwich, keep it on your counter. You won’t have to worry about stale bread.

7. Coffee

In order to have that much needed Monday morning coffee, you have to keep your coffee beans where they belong. They are in need of dry spots where they can stay for months. If you don’t want to use them all at once, a good solution can be freezing the beans and saving them for later. That way you will preserve their freshness and tasty flavor.

8. Tomatoes

To stop tomatoes from losing their flavor, don’t put them in the fridge. It will keep them from ripening which causes them to be tasteless. Having a basket of tomatoes will keep their membranes from breaking down. One extra benefit of placing them in a cold place is that they won’t lose their texture.

9.  Honey

The favorite natural sweetener in the world, honey, has found the way to stay good forever in our homes. There are no benefits of putting it in the fridge. That will only make it hard to scoop and it will be useless. Hence, make sure to place it somewhere where it’s sealed good. With that solution, you don’t have to worry about it becoming impossible to scoop.

10. Melons

Melons are really a breath of fresh air during hot summer days. When you buy them, there is no need to put them in the fridge. To keep their antioxidant and beta-carotene content high, having them at room temperature is an ideal choice. As soon as you open them up, cover them and put them in the refrigerator.

11. Pumpkins

Basements are the perfect option that you are looking for to put pumpkins away. They need to have a good ventilated space and the fridge is not that for sure. Therefore, there is no sense in putting them anywhere but in a dry and dark place.

12. Olive oil

To preserve amazing benefits that olive oil contains, you have to make sure that you put it in the right place. Placing it in the fridge will make it condensed and you will possibly have a butter looking oil. So, don’t do that. Find a dark and cool place, which is the best for any oil.

13.  Basil

Using basil is only good until it wilts. It’s also very smell-sensitive. This means that other foods can interfere with its aroma easily. You wouldn’t put flowers inside the fridge, now would you? Of course not. The same goes for basil, as it is a plant too. If you want to have basil for longer periods of time, just branch it and freeze it.

14. Apricots, kiwi, peaches, mangoes, and plums

All of these fruits have one thing in common – they can lose all of their nutrients in extremely cold conditions. This is why it’s important to keep them out of the fridge. They need cool temperatures, not ice age cold ones. In order to preserve these fruits and keep them from ripening, the counter will do just fine. That way, you can have them whenever you want.

15. Peanut butter

Peanut butter and jelly are a match made in heaven. Just like jelly, peanut butter should be kept out of the fridge at all costs. By keeping your peanut butter in an overly cold place, it will be dry and hard. Such an occurrence may take valuable time off of your morning routine. A cupboard should do. That way, peanut butter will stay fresh and ready to spread

16. Pickles

Did you know that some foods are actually preserved with the help of pickles? With that being said, it’s pointless to keep them in the fridge. They are a natural preservative and only require a closed out, cool environment. Pickles older than five years kept in cool places are no different from their counterparts out of the fridge.

17. Avocados

Consuming avocados is recommended for health maintenance. The worst thing you can do is to put them in your refrigerator. The process of ripening will stop if you keep it in a cold place. But if it’s already ripe, it won’t be of a much use anyway, so putting it in your fridge is not that big of a mistake.

18. Garlic

One thing that will cause garlic to sprout is putting it in your fridge. The appearance of mold can’t be avoided. If this happens, you can throw it right in the trash. Placing them within the refrigerator will change their look and you won’t be able to tell if garlic is still good to use. You will have to slice them open and then estimate.

19. Ketchup

Did you know that ketchup can stay unspoiled for years? It uses preservatives that are added to this cause in particular. Because of this, you don’t have to worry about leaving it out of the fridge. It doesn’t matter if it’s closed or already opened. The spoiling of your ketchup is something you really don’t have to worry about.

20. Tuna

When canned, tuna has a lot of preservatives within it. This means that it’s literally meant for long-term exposure to room temperatures. Those compounds make the notion of keeping it inside of your cupboard completely fine. In other words, tuna tastes much better this way than taken out of a fridge. Sometimes the little details count.

21. Citrus fruits

Cold temperatures can do a lot of damage to citric acids. Lemons and oranges are pretty much full of it. Therefore, keeping them in a refrigerator is nowhere near a wise decision. They need to ripen in natural temperatures. Some common signs of unhealthy ripening are strange spots on the skin, as well as discoloration.

22. Cucumber

In order to fully enjoy cucumbers, it’s best to keep them at room temperature. Overly cool temperatures have a tendency to speed up the decay of cucumbers. Any dry or cool place will benefit their overall ripening and development in general. They can last up to seven or so days in cool and dry conditions. Don’t worry.

23.  Carrots

Cucumbers and carrots share this same characteristic. If you leave carrots within a fridge, you may encounter rotten and water-filled ones in a few days. They are to be kept in absolute darkness, away from any moisture or sunlight. It’s worth rearranging your placement of things a little bit. Well-kept carrots place are incredibly important for our organism.

24. Chocolate

BCYTNM Food – bar of dark chocolate on foil

Chocolate also doesn’t have to be in the fridge at all times. There is an exception, and that is when temperatures are high enough that it can melt. Other than those extreme conditions, there is no reason to worry at all. In fact, many chocolates experience a different taste once they are placed in cold and humid places.

25. Cereal

Never put an opened bag of cereal in the refrigerator. It doesn’t need low temperatures to stay fresh and crunchy. This is a common, but widespread misconception. In fact, the truth is quite the opposite. In order to be able to keep the cereal in its best state, you should keep it away from moisture. You won’t like soggy cereal, trust us.

26. Molasses

People will cast strange glances in your direction if you wish to store this type of meat in the pantry. In fact, it’s the best possible decision you can make. Molasses in general are consisted of sugar. Therefore, it’s pretty much safe to store them at room temperature. You shouldn’t stress yourself about their state. They can last for as long as 11 years.

27. Hot sauce – Tabasco

Both of them can be stored in fridge or can be left out in the open, depending on your preferences. The quality will remain the same and the taste won’t be spoiled. The only thing that is possible to suffer changes is the color. You should be careful not to leave them exposed to direct sunlight.

28. Jam

Unfortunately, jam isn’t all natural. It’s tailor-made with lots of preservatives in order to be able to withstand immense amounts of time. Fortunately, this means that it requires almost no refrigeration whatsoever. By keeping it in the fridge, you can only damage its texture and make it even more unpleasant for eating.

29. Spices

We don’t quite understand this notion. It’s obvious that keeping spices in the fridge doesn’t do anything but steal away precious space. Ground spices don’t belong there. Their place is in the pantry, where you can peacefully keep them. If you don’t believe us, you can see spices on the shelves in just about any store.

30. Salad dressings

You can cross salad dressing off the fridge list as well. They are usually made out of vinegar or oil. These two substances have no need for being kept in a cold place. However, the only exception is homemade dressings. Fruit juice, nut or garlic all need refrigeration. Even though those dressings are okay in the open for some time, don’t overdo it.

31. Apples

While it’s true that apples last longer while in the fridge, there is no need for putting them there. While at room temperature, their enzymes are a little bit active and decay is a bit faster. Even then, apples are pretty resilient pieces of fruit. They can last up to two weeks at room temperatures. It all depends on how fast do you plan on eating them.

32. Pears

Pears aren’t like other types of fruit. They have one special ability and that is that they don’t ripen while on the treat. If they’re at room temperature, they can reach the ripening slowly. The riper they are, the tastier and sweeter they will be. By exposing them to cold, you take away their freshness and dull their taste.

33. Ketchup-mustard

These two staples of our kitchen don’t need to be put in the fridge. Acids with whom they are filled with have a preservative. All types of mustard can last much longer if they are placed in a cabinet. Also, where you place them depends on whether you prefer warm or cool ketchup and mustard on your food.

34. Soy Sauce – Fish Sauce

Soy sauce and soybean

Fish sauce can last for about 2 or 3 years while soy sauce lasts one and a half. Because soy sauce is fermented, it does not require a cold temperature to maintain freshness. On the other hand, fish sauce can change its flavor so maybe putting it in a fridge is not that bad of an option. It will surely be safe to eat.

35. Regular and chili peppers

Another popular food myth debunked! There is no correlation between keeping peppers in the fridge and their freshness. If anything, a refrigerated environment brings forth many other disadvantages. They can lose their color and much of the unique taste. Before putting them in the fridge, just think of a good dry and cool place. That’s simply enough.

 36. Eggplant

Eggplants are sensitive, especially to the sunlight. That is why you need to keep them at room temperature. When put in a fridge, both flavor and the texture can be harmed. In case you like cold eggplants, you can store them within a fridge but make sure you use them right away.

37. Pineapples

This fruit has the best taste when it’s left out of the fridge. Such a claim is even more accurate if you want to consume it right away. Pineapples can last for several days or even longer if the surroundings are suitable. If you don’t have a plan on eating it now, maybe a fridge is the best option.

38. Papaya

This sort of food is available year around. When you buy it, leave it out until you see its colors changing.  If you place it in the fridge, you will ensure that the ripening process goes slower. One other thing that you can do is slicing it into pieces and storing them in a freezer.

39.  Sweet potatoes

The effects that fridge has on sweet potatoes are many. Such storage makes them harder to prepare and they can even change their structure. The best place for them is somewhere dark, with good ventilation. Strong heat can make them go bad very fast.

40.  Beans – Green Beans

It’s important to know that beans are legumes and green beans are seeds. When we talk about fresh dried beans, there is no expiration date. You can keep them anywhere and use them anytime. A fact that is important to know is that green beans are prone  to losing taste and flavor. This is only the case if we keep them out for a long period of time.

41. Donuts

There are many different opinions when it comes to storing this delicious food. Some say that we shouldn’t keep them in the fridge because they can get soggy and stale. Many people would disagree. It depends on a type of donut. Some of them, such as glazed ones, can get sticky very fast. One thing that is sure is that you can’t go wrong with choosing room temperature.

42. Vinegar

The acidic nature of vinegar helps with self-preservation. There is no need to put it in the fridge. A kitchen cabinet can be an excellent choice for storing it. Vinegar will remain untouched for a long time. Just be careful about one thing. If your vinegar contains herbs, garlic, onion or shallots, you need to put them in the fridge.

43. Salami

Most people think that every kind of meat needs to be refrigerated. However, salami is not one of those kinds. Its ideal storage place is shelves in the kitchen. It requires the presence of air and the fridge does not provide that. Just to be sure, check the label on your salami and search for the line ‘keep refrigerated’.

44.  Aged cheese

As every other milk product, we consider that cheese belongs in the fridge. This is not always the case with this one. The crucial difference is a cured production  with a better texture. Also, keeping aged cheese in the fridge can make it even harder than it should be. Keep it wrapped to ensure their moisture remains untouched.

45. Canned olives

There are many kinds of olives. The ones that do not require being refrigerated are canned olives. If you want to keep them there that is not a mistake either. Put them in a place where there is no sunlight or heat. Right after you open them, store them in the fridge without a can.

46. Beef jerky

The thought that meats belong in the fridge has been proven wrong again. The reason for this kind hides in its making. A large amount of the moisture from the beef jerky is removed. Therefore, we are able to keep it on the shelf. Again, you should pay attention to the labels.

47. Unopened yogurt

Right after coming home from a store, we automatically put yogurt in the fridge. That is how we’ve learned. What some of us don’t know is that yogurt is made of bacteria and microbes. As long as we don’t open it, we can keep it outside of a fridge without any concern.

48. Butter

The question whether we should keep butter in or out of the refrigerator still remains unsolved. Salted butter is a type which has less chances of hosting bacteria growth. It is made with pasteurized milk so bacteria are not going to be that inclined to attack it. Weeks can pass by and your butter will stay the same out in the open.

49. Potato chips

Potato chips behave similarly like crackers. They are completely devoid of fluids and can react badly to any sort of moisture. Your fridge is the hotspot for all kinds of moisture. When you take your chips out of the fridge, you will notice how moist and soggy they’ve become. Storing them in such cold is extremely unnecessary.

50. Dry crackers

Crackers are actually “allergic” to excessive amounts of moisture. Therefore, the fridge is not an option for them. A good alternative would be a kitchen cabinet or the pantry. Any other choices that include dryness and a cool temperature are in circulation. Just don’t expose them to moisture, as they will get soggy and stale.

51. UHT milk

Milk? Out of the fridge? Yes, it is in fact true. UHT here stands for Ultra High-Temperature Pasteurization. This special type of milk is heated multiple times to kill more bacteria. Without these types of bacteria, you can keep it much longer. In fact, it has a shelf life of up to six months. Moreover, this type of milk is excellent for those that wish to use it for longer.

52. Flour

Around the internet, there is false advice about flour floating around it. Some people claim that flour will spoil unless you keep it in the fridge. This can’t be less true. Flour is extremely resistant to all substances. Therefore, it is quite enough to keep it in a dry and cool place. Your cupboard is completely up to the task at hand.


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