41 Foods That You Should Never Keep In Your Refrigerator
If you want to remain healthy and to keep meat and dairy products fresh, you shouldn’t keep them in the refrigerator all the time. No questions asked. However, some foods should be out on the cold, but outside of the fridge. Yes, internet photos of a refrigerator full of various vegetables and fruit may look great, but are these fridges so organized really healthy?
After reading this article, you may want to rethink your refrigerator organization. So, if you’re going to stay healthy, store food right. That can actually even save you some money. Keep reading to learn once for all how you should store your apples, dark chocolate, avocados, and much more.
If you love to start your day by eating an apple, you should know that you should never keep this fruit in the fridge. Apples tend to go bad extremely fast if you keep them in the fridge. Instead, keep this fruit always on hand, in a bowl at room temperature.
This way, they will last for two weeks minimum. Moreover, apples are more nutritious at room temperature. Since they emit a natural gas, the fridge makes them ripen faster.
If you always want to eat delicious bananas, keep them out of the fridge. The truth is that cold slows down the ripening process, but the moisture in the fridge can cause them to turn brown or even black.
So, to keep bananas fresh for a long time, slice them and place them in plastic bags or bowls in the freezer. This way, you will have perfect bananas for a smoothie at any time, for any time of the year.
Avocados are similar to bananas. For best taste, keep avocados away from the fridge. This is specially a-must if you have unripe avocados. If you place avocados in the refrigerator, they will ripen more slowly.
So, always live avocado in a cool and dry place, like on your counter. Always eat avocado before they get too ripe. Also, you can store them in the fridge if you eat one-half today, and you want to eat the second one tomorrow.
If you have any basil cuttings, you shouldn’t store them in the fridge. Basil is in constant need of sunlight. Instead, you should place basil leftovers in a cup half full of fresh water, and place cup by a sunny window.
This way, basil will last longer, and it even may sprout roots, that you can use to replant and grow basil on your own. Basil has been known to wilt in the fridge.
If you leave your bread in the fridge, it will dry out in no time. As a general rule, cold temperatures are no friend to bread. At lower and cold temperatures, the bread will turn dry, tasteless, and stale. Also, bread can easily soak up any odor from inside the fridge.
So, always store leftover bread in a breadbox. These boxes are specially designed to keep moisture in the bread. If you don’t have a breadbox, but you have a microwave, you can store your bread in a microwave while it’s off, of course.
If you are a carrot fan, then you know that they don’t last long if you keep them on the counter or in the fridge. They need moisture but balanced. Otherwise, they can become droopy and waterlogged.
Always place carrots away from the direct sunlight in a place with low moisture. You can always cut the green part and place them in a container of water and then put it in the fridge. This way, they can last longer.
This should go without mentioning, but better safe than sorry. Cereals should never be kept in the fridge. Yes, they should be stored in a dry and cool place, like a cupboard or pantry. This is their best surrounding.
If you place cereals in the fridge you can expect wilt and less crunchy seeds. Make sure that you always close the cereal container after usage to prevent dryness.
Some people love cold chocolate, but that’s just not how chocolate should be served, If you want t acold chocolate flavor, you should eat chocolate icecream. If you want to eat chocolate as you should, then you must keep it at the ideal temperature between 65 and 68°F.
Needless to say that this temperature is much warmer than the average refrigerator. You are allowed to keep chocolate in the fridge is you are located in a warmer climate. Be careful when you want to bite cold chocolate.
33. Citrus Fruits
In general, ripe fruit is a sweet fruit. This means that if you keep the fruit at room temperature, it will ripen faster and develop more of that sweet taste. So, if you love to eat citrus fruit, but you don’t like the sour taste, you should keep it out in the open.
Fruits such as oranges, grapefruits, lemons, and limes should be kept out of the fridge at any time. If you love your fruit cold, just place them in the fridge an hour, max two before you want to eat them.
First, you should know that coffee and ice coffee are not the same. Therefore, regular coffee should never be kept in the fridge. If you love your coffee cold, especially during the hot summer days, make sure that you choose ice-coffee. However, if we are talking about coffee beans, you can hold them in the fridge, as long as you beans are held in an airtight container.
The same goes for leftover brewed coffee. Hot coffee can raise the temperature of your whole fridge and even damage the food inside. Also, your full fridge might smell like coffee for days.
You may hear about that saying – cool as a cucumber, right? However, that’s not how cucumbers should be known. Cucumbers actually don’t do good when they are left in the fridge. Cold can lead to waterlogging and can cause cucumber, not to lose its flavor.
So, store cucumber on your counter, even on the hot days. You can slice them into small chunks and freeze them with water to make fresh summer drinks.
In some countries, people don’t keep eggs in the fridge, while in others, its a must. Surprisingly, a recent study showed that there is no significant difference where you place eggs.
So, you can keep them on your counter or your fridge. However, FDA recommends that eggs should be kept in the fridge. Always read the full precautionary statement before you decide to stop using the fridge.
If you are keeping wheat flour in the fridge, for any reason, you should move if and place somewhere else. There is no need to keep any type of flour in the fridge.
However, flour should be stored in an airtight container in a dry place. Still, you can keep the flour in the fridge, but it will take a lot of space, and you won’t get any benefits.
28. Tropical Fruits
Since they are originating from tropical places, tropical fruits love warn and sunny places. So, in this case, the fridge is a big no-no. If you want to kill your tropical fruit, then you should place it in the fridge.
Otherwise, fruits such as kiwi, peaches, mangoes, plums, and apricots, will ripe nicely in the bowl on your kitchen counter. Tropical fruits are so pretty to look at, so why not keep it on sight?
Garlic should be stored out of the fridge. If you keep garlic in the fridge, it can easily get rubbery and even start to sprout. It may even look normal, but once you open it, you will notice green sprouts inside.
Have a jar only for garlic, and store your garlic inside. If you want to have it in the fridge then you should peel it and store it peeled in your freezer.
This may be obvious to you, but you may be surprised just how many people would store honey in the refrigerator. If you expose honey to the cold, it will cause the syrup to crystalize.
If your honey crystallizes anyway, you should put the whole jar in warm water to dissolve the crystals. Since honey is a natural preservative, there is no need to keep it neither in the fridge or in the freezer.
25. Hot Sauce
Hot sauces and sauces, in general, have a very long shelf life. They are naturally full of natural preservatives such as vinegar, and in general, they don’t contain many fruits or vegetables.
So, the hot sauce should always be away from direct sunlight and in a cool and dry place. You can place it on a cupboard as well. If the label on the product says that you should keep it in the fridge once you open it, do so.
Jam is rich in both natural and artificial preservatives. Therefore, the jam is built to last, and it won’t last any longer if you place it in the fridge. However, if you keep your jam jar clean, it can help your jam last longer.
If you love to eat jamp with any kind of cheese, don’t use the same knife to cut cheese and spread your jam. Even the smallest piece of cheese can contaminate your jam and spoil it faster.
Contrary to common belief, you don’t have to run and leave your ketchup in the fridge once the bottle is open. In restaurants, ketchup bottles are always open, right?
That’s because ketchup is full of preservatives. Even if you leave the bottle open for hours, it won’t do any harm. Just don’t contaminate it with something else.
Nothing can beat a fresh slice of watermelon on a hot summer day, right? Still, you should always choose to cool it off in a huge bowl of cold water, then placing it in the fridge.
Or, you can slice the watermelon an hour before you are ready to eat and put shoe slices in the fridge. Also, when watermelon is kept at room temperature, watermelon will retain its natural antioxidant levels balanced.
21. Olive Oil
You are probably using to holding your olive oil, or any oil, on your shelf, away from the fridge. This is common sense and good practice. Your olive oil belongs on the shelf.
If you just try to keep oil in the fridge you will get something similar to butter. When exposed to low temperatures oil will harden.
Just like garlic, onions can go bad if you leave them in the fridge. So, always find a dark, dry, and slightly cool area to keep onions fresher for longer. Having an onion drawer would actually be the best.
Always keep onions separately from other food items. If you have peeled onion leftover, you can store them in an airtight container and then in the fridge. Just make sure that you use it in the next few days.
Did you know that pears actually never rip on the tree? They usually ripen at room temperature, either in the grocery store or at shelves in your home. Keeping them at room temperature will create perfect peer taste.
Cold air can only slow the ripening process and make it too hard to bite. However, you can place them in the fridge once they have reached peak ripeness.
You may hear that peppers should always be kept outside the refrigerator. However, this is not the truth. The refrigerator can actually help your peppers stay fresh longer, and even taste better.
You can also store papers in a dry and cool place. This applies to chili peppers as well.
Pickles are full of natural preservatives thanks to salt and vinegar, so you don’t have to store them in the fridge. Even when you open the jar, you keep them on the kitchen counter, because they can last for three years after they’are opened.
If you prefer cold pickles, then you can store them in the fridge. If you need extra space in the fridge, no need to use it for pickles.
Potatoes should always be kept in the dark, cool, and dry place, and that’s not the fridge. The cold temperature in the fridge can actually cause the starch in potatoes to turn into sugar faster.
So, take the potato from the bag as soon as you come home. They need space to air out. On the other hand, too much moisture can harm potatoes. Having a special card box for this vegetable may help.
15. Salad Dressings
When it comes to salad dressings, guidelines are mixed. Most salad dressings are fine on shelves unless they contain dairy products.
Also, if you use olive oil in your dressings, you should keep it away from the fridge. The same applies if your dressing contains garlic or onion.
If your salad has no cheese or dairy products, you can leave on the counter for an extended period. However, you should mind the dressing. If your dressing is dairy or mayonnaise-based, your salad shouldn’t be left out of the fridge for an extended period.
You probably wouldn’t put the dressing on salad unless you are ready to eat it, but as long as the dressing is not on, you cal leave your salad on room temperature for hours.
Strawberries are both delicious and tricky when it comes to storing them. If you plan to use them within 48 hours, it’s safe to leave them on the counter.
However, if you plan to use them in a few weeks, you should place them in the freezer. If you insist on putting them in the fridge, make sure that strawberries are in a single layer with the stems. The stem will prolong their life.
Tomatoes are read a juicy vegetable that shouldn’t be lace in the fridge. Ever. They thrive in a dry, airy, and cool environment. It’s perfectly fine just to leave them in a bowl on your counter.
If you put them in the fridge they will lose its texture, nutrients, and flavor. They may also change their taste and taste sourer.
11. Canned Tuna
There is no reason to store any canned food in the fridge, especially tuna. That being said, make sure that you always keep canned tuna in the cupboard and a cold environment.
As long as the can is sealed, there are no reasons for tuns to last for months, if not years. However, when you open it, you should place it in the fridge.
Next to watermelon, chilled melon is the best thing that can refresh you during the summer. Just like with watermelon, you should avoid placing melon in the fridge.
The refrigerator can actually lower the number of antioxidants within a sealed melon. So, slice it, place it in a sealed container, and chill before serving.
Pumpkins are not exclusively reserved for October, but its when the peak happens, so they go hand by hand with Halloween. Since they are harvested in autumn, it comes as no surprise that they thrive in a dark and cool place.
Moreover, they will love the basement and cold storage. Your fridge is not place for pumpkins. Period. Even if you cook them and plan to freeze them, don’t do it.
8. Peanut Butter
If you keep peanut butter in your fridge you can expect this delicious product to lose its liquid form. In the fridge, and peanut butter can easily turn into rock solid.
So, keep the peanut butter in the cupboard ort the pantry. Room temperature is something that fits peanut butter perfectly.
There is only one place for your spices – the shelf. By no circumstances should spices behold in the fridge. They can easily absorb moisture and other odors and become unusable.
Spices don’t need to be preserved, because they are already dry. It’s important to keep them away from any humid place and keep them stored in sealed containers.
For the best mustard taste, make sure that you leave mustard always outside of the fridge. Interestingly, mustard can last longer than ketchup. Why?
Mustard contains a natural acid that acts as a preservative. So, even when open, you can leave it for an extended period outside the fridge. Still, if you place it in the fridge during the hot time, it won’t make it bad.
5. Soy Sauce
The rule is simply here: soy sauce never goes into the fridge. Soy sauce is fermented, so it doesn’t need to be refrigerated. Thanks to the fermentation process, soy sauce remains delicious and fresh for a long period.
If your soy sauce is open for more than a year, than you can expect a slightly bitter taste. Still, after a year and more, soy sauce will be useful to eat.
Eggplant is a very sensitive plant. Moreover, eggplant is extremely sensitive to sunlight and temperature. As a finicky vegetable, this plant is delicious and highly nutrients. However, you should keep it separately from other vegetables and fruits.
Also, keep it away from the fridges and out of direct sunlight. The best part about this plant is that you can prepare it in various ways: you can cook it, grill it, and even bake it.
As mentioned earlier, tropical plans love sunlight and air. Placing them in a cold and dark place can only harm them. That being said, pineapples should never be placed in the fridge.
Did you know that once pineapples are harvested, they become much riper? If you want to eat pineapple cool, you can place it in the fridge. Later on, you can even use it to make some piña coladas?
Papaya is best eaten directly from the market. If you want to experience real papaya, you should never put it in the fridge. Otherwise, you can expect a slow ripening process, and it can turn to watery taste.
Once it’s ripe and ready, you can cut it into small chunks and enjoy this delicious fruit. If needed, you can let it rest sliced, in the fridge, for 10-15 minutes during the summer.
1. Sweet Potato
Sweet potato is best-placed in the potato drawer. If you choose to place it in the fridge, you can expect the structure change. Even more, the potato walls can become hard and rigid.
Always store sweet potato in dry, dark, and cool place, where is good airflow. If you expose them to the wet environment, they will become moldy. Always keep them in a plastic bag.