20 Foods You’re Not Supposed to Put in The Fridge

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Well, we’ve don it. We found the definitive list of foods that don’t need to be refrigerated!

It is a known fact that the main purpose a refrigerator serves is not only to chill your edibles but to also preserve your foods. Unfortunately, not all foods can be refrigerated. It is commonly believed once your food is in the refrigerator, it is safe and that is a wrong thought. Here are 50 foods you’re not supposed to put in your fridge.

Avocado, foods that don't need to be refrigerated

Avocado

Avocados can be a bit tricky to manage. Storing them in the refrigerator hinders the ripening process. Please don’t ever keep them refrigerated. Avocados are best kept on the counter at room temperature. If they are ripe, do not hesitate to use them immediately.
To ripen avocados, we suggest to place them in a brown paper bag along with an apple or banana for a few days (usually around two or three) until ripe. The apple (or banana) releases ethylene gas which causes the avocados to ripen more quickly. The next food is actually a snack most people toss into the fridge without thinking twice.

Donuts

Donuts

It is without doubt that fresh donuts taste good. But what happens when you have too many? That’s a challenge but don’t panic. Just make sure not to put them in the fridge.
The fridge will make them soggy and it’ll lose its freshness. The best way to preserve them is to keep them at room temperature, covered. They won’t last too long though because freshly baked donuts are not meant to be kept for more than two days. Coming up next is one food that should not even be refrigerated at all.

Aged Cheese

Aged Cheese

If you’re a cheese lover, there’s a probability that you already know this but hard cheese should never be stored in the fridge. It’s true that cheese is a dairy product but if hard cheese is refrigerated, it becomes rock hard. Once cheese is rock hard, it’s a struggle to cut right into it.
Hard cheese goes through “curing” . A process that lasts for a duration of about six months . After it’s cured, refrigerating it is not needed. Just store it in a cool place. Note that the only type that does not require freezing is the aged one. Keep reading to see if you’re guilty of refrigerating the next food.

Potatoes

Potatoes

Putting potatoes in the fridge converts the starch component to sugar. The best thing to do is to store them in your pantry. They tend to retain their freshness and last longer when kept away from extreme temperatures. No one likes their potatoes unnaturally sweet and gritty. Next is a canned food most people think it’s best when refrigerated

 

foods that never go in the fridge tuna

Sealed Tuna

There’s a reason you never find canned tuna refrigerated at your grocery stores. Most people think unopened cans of tuna should be refrigerated but that’s a bad idea. Canned tuna should be kept at room temperature so your pantry or cupboard is the perfect place for it. Up next is one that can be found in the freezer in many households. You’ll probably find some canned tuna in one of the Worst Restaurant Chains in America.

Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread

Nutella

Most people make this common mistake of keeping their chocolate-hazelnut spreads in the fridge. It might surprise you that this isn’t appropriate . Spreads such as Nutella shouldn’t go in the fridge. This isn’t a cooked up theory because it is written on the label too. Refrigerating a spread makes it more solid and difficult to spread. Continue reading to check out the next food.

Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread

Garlic

Garlic cloves should be stored in a cool, dry place like your pantry. The most suitable way of storing garlic is not inside the refrigerator, it should be inside a well ventilated container. If kept in an airtight container, they’ll mold quickly. Garlic has a long shelf life if stored properly. The next food should never go in the fridge!

onion

Onions

Onions should never be in the fridge. Onions should be kept in a cool, dry place. When cut and uncut onions are kept in the fridge, they become mushy and moldy. The starchy content in the bulbs also get converted to Sugar. Nobody wants to feed on rotten onions. That is why onions come in mesh and they are best left there till you need them. The next food is commonly found in people’s refrigerators.

Eggs

Eggs

Eggs can or cannot be refrigerated depending on where you buy them. It is absolutely fine to keep your eggs at room temperature if you bought them at room temperature but if your egg in the refrigerated section, it is okay to keep them refrigerated. A fresh egg should last at least a week at room temperature. The next one just naturally does not do well in cold temperatures

Coffee

Coffee

This one is mandatory. Coffee shouldn’t be kept in the fridge of freezer. The fridge is too humid for coffee or coffee beans to be kept there. It will create moisture, which will make your coffee beans go bad and cause them to lose their taste. And the last thing you need to start your day is bland coffee. Store it in a tight container and keep it in your cupboard. This will preserve your coffee for a long time. Yes! The next one might shock you to know it’s best not refrigerated.

Honey

Honey

If honey is kept in the fridge, it begins to crystallize and it becomes one sugary mess. Honey has a really long shelf life and the best place it should be kept is your pantry. Honey literally never goes bad because it has high sugar content which protects it from growing bacteria so far, it’s stored properly. Honey can be dangerous due to botulism and it shouldn’t be fed to children under 12months. To enjoy the next, popping it into the freezer is not the best option.

Butter

Butter

Just like every other spread, butter is not meant to go in the fridge. It is quite common to find people do this but room temperature butter spreads better than refrigerated butter. It should always be kept covered in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight. Butter is pasteurized and it contains salt which prevents it from going bad. The next food decreases in nutrient once refrigerated.

Melon

Melon

Melons, regardless of the type, are not meant to be in the fridge. The reason is because room temperature helps in retaining the antioxidants in melons. They’re also tastier, juicier and they retain more nutrients at room temperature. Putting them in such cold environment as a refrigerator won’t make you get the most of your melons. The next is a vegetable with the misconception that refrigerating it is the best way of preserving it.

Basil

Basil

Basil is one of those vegetables never to be put in the fridge. This is because it becomes a huge brown mess when refrigerated. Herbs like parsley and Cilantro might be fine being kept in the fridge but that is not the case for Basil.
The best way to keep your Basil fresh and flavorful is to trim the stems and place them in water just like flowers. The next food is one some people make the mistake of refrigerating. Read on to know what and why?

Eggplant

Eggplant

Eggplants are best kept out of the refrigerator. They do well at room temperature. Eggplants are quite sensitive to ethylene gases produced by bananas, tomatoes and melons so it’s best to keep them away from those fruits. The following food is a spread you commonly find in refrigerators in most households.

Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter

Peanut butter gets rock hard when you keep them refrigerated. What’s the essence of peanut butter if it won’t spread? There’s nothing more satisfying than a peanut butter that spreads well. The butter will also get dry and hard if kept in the icebox. The next is just not to be refrigerated. Here’s why.

Olive Oil

Olive Oil

Your olive oil shouldn’t be refrigerated and this is because refrigerators are damp and humid so the flavor and consistency of your olive oil could be affected due to condensation. Try putting it in your cupboard. It can stay up to a year without going bad. If you have olive oil in your refrigerator and it’s getting cloudy, don’t panic neither should you throw it away. Just take it out and leave it at room temperature. It’ll definitely change to its normal consistency. Up next is another food that has a long shelf life but people still refrigerate.

Pickles

Pickles

Pickles do not require being refrigerated because of their contents. It has salt and vinegar contents which is enough to ward off harmful bacteria and microorganisms. However, if your pickles are purchased from the refrigerated section, it is best to keep refrigerating them. Even though the next has preservatives in it, people still refrigerate it.

Vinegar

Vinegar

Vinegar is one of those edibles that are able to preserve themselves. It has virtually an indefinite shelf life and it’s recommended that vinegar should be kept in a cool, dry place like your pantry or kitchen cupboard. The vinegar institute also attests that vinegar has a really long shelf life. The next is a category of fruits and they shouldn’t go in the refrigerator.

Berries

Berries

Berries can be a little tacky to store. If not done well, they can get soggy. Berries are not to be rinsed at once, if not, they’ll get spoilt. The best way to keep your berries is to store them in a fruit basket at room temperature. If you ever need to refrigerate your berries, make sure you do so just before you consume them. Up next is another food mist people refrigerate even though it’s not needed.

 

Ketchup

Naturally, ketchup has acidic contents so it doesn’t accommodate microorganisms that’ll make it go bad. Therefore, refrigerating your ketchup isn’t necessary. Quite a number of people do this and most of them have confirmed that room temperature ketchup tastes way better than refrigerated ketchup. How has Heinz changed over the year? Find out with these classic franchises that have changed!

The next is commonly refrigerated but is this appropriate? Keep reading to find out.

Mustard

Mustard

Mustard, just like ketchup, has high acidity content. It is one of those condiments that people commonly put in the fridge. Even restaurants don’t refrigerate their mustard and neither should you. Mustard has that shelf life longevity because it can preserve itself. Coming up next is another category of fruits that should not be kept in the fridge.

Stone Fruits

Stone Fruits

Some examples of stone fruits are peaches, plums, apricots. If these fruits, are you ripen in the freezer, they’ll be affected by chill damage which is as a result of the coolness stopping the ripening process. Once stone fruits are refrigerated, they won’t retain that natural flavor. The next is a fruit that just doesn’t do well in the refrigerator

Tomatoes

Tomatoes

Tomato is yet another fruit that doesn’t belong in the freezer. Scientifically, it is proven that when tomatoes are exposed to cold temperatures such as in a refrigerator, it damages the cells that enhance the flavor hereby reducing the freshness, the nutrients and the health benefits. Unripe tomatoes are best kept on the window sill. Up next is a common food that’s best kept at room temperature.

Molasses

Molasses

Molasses is a byproduct of the sugar-making process. Since it has sugar contents, it has the ability to preserve itself. Some people also call molasses “Black Treacle”. Keeping it in your pantry is the best way to preserve molasses . Refrigerating your molasses will make it solid and impractical to use. The next category of fruits is not even meant to be kept in extreme temperatures.

Nuts & Dried fruits

Nuts and dried fruits are not to be refrigerated. They were dried for a reason and refrigerating them will smother the flavor and texture. The temperature of the fridge could make it hard and tasteless. Instead of refrigerating your nuts and dried fruits, it’s best to keep them inadvertently an airtight container in your pantry. The next is a delicious fruit always at its best at room temperature.

Bananas

Bananas

Bananas should not go in the freezer. This might be a shocking realization but when you keep your unripe bananas refrigerated, they won’t ripen due to the coldness if the freezer which halts the production of ethylene. Ripe bananas shouldn’t be reirrigated unless you want to use them for smoothies or consume them once they’re cold. Storing ripe bananas in the fridge will cause discoloration and black patches. Coming up next is one popular dessert that most people make the mistake of refrigerating.

Chocolate

Chocolate

Chocolates are a type of dessert made from cocoa beans. It is a combination of cocoa, sugar, butter and some other ingredients. This particular snack fared better at room temperature. That is why you wouldn’t find your chocolates in the refrigerator section at your grocery stores.
People have different preferences. That is the case with storing chocolate and candy bars in the refrigerator. Keeping chocolate in the refrigerator is damaging to it because it does not only turn the taste and texture, it also results in “sugar bloom” which causes the chocolate to become grainy. The next is a common staple which should always be kept at room temperature.

Bread

Bread

Bread is yet another food that shouldn’t be anywhere near the refrigerator. Keeping your bread loaves refrigerated makes them go stale quickly. It is best to keep them shut tight in a plastic bag at room temperature. This way, they can last up to a week. The next is a fruit most people believe should be refrigerated but it lasts long at room temperature.

Cucumber

Cucumber

Cucumber is another veggie that is not meant to be refrigerated. Surprisingly, most people don’t know this so they refrigerate their cucumbers. Cucumbers are best stored in a cool, dry place. This retains its natural taste and freshness. Keeping cucumbers in your pantry won’t damage it but it’ll preserve it for a longer period of time. The next category of food not to be refrigerated is unbelievable! Keep reading to find out.

Cereal

Cereal

This might surprise you as some people keep their cereal in the refrigerator when the instruction on the package actually says “store in a cool, dry place”. Doing this damages, the texture of the cereal. Cereals are meant to be crispy and crunchy but due to the humidity of the refrigerator, keeping cereals there can make it soggy and it’ll also take more space. Insects can find their way into the refrigerator too. Coming up next is a vegetable that has an incredible shelf life but people still refrigerate it.

Pumpkins

Pumpkins

Just in case you have extra pumpkins, don’t refrigerate them. You don’t have to throw them away too, all you need do is keep them in a cool, dry place. Refrigerating your pumpkins won’t preserve them at all. Rather, the cold temperature will make it go bad quickly. The next gets less potent once refrigerated.

Spices

Spices

Spices are meant to add flavors to our meals but what happens when your spices lose their essence? Refrigerating your spices won’t preserve them, it just makes them less potent and they gradually lose their flavors. Keeping your spices at room temperature is the best thing that could happen to them. It makes them more potent and flavorful. The next fruit is one in which most people make the mistake of refrigerating.

Apples

Apples

Apples are spectacular, they produce ethylene which makes them ripen. This could also make any food kept with apples ripe. Apples flourish in cool, dry places so refrigerating them is not a good idea. It’ll cause them to stop ripening. Apples are exported to so many countries which is a proof that even though they’re perishable, they still have quite a long shelf life. Ensure you keep them separate when storing because one bad apple spoils the whole bunch. Up next! A sauce that does not need to be refrigerated.

Hot Sauce

Hot Sauce

The ingredients used in making hot sauce are pretty strong. They’re so strong that microorganisms cannot survive in such uninhabitable environment. This makes refrigerating your hot sauce a bad idea. Hot sauces are at their best when kept at room temperature. This way, they won’t be too hard to use. The next category of fruits never does well in the refrigerator.

Tropical fruits

Tropical fruits

Tropical fruits like kiwi, mango, figs, papaya do not need to be refrigerated because they don’t go stale quickly. Why refrigerate them when they can always be kept at room temperature? These fruits retain their flavors freshness and nutrients at room temperature so don’t keep them away from your pantry. Another category of fruits that shouldn’t be refrigerated will be discussed next.

Citrus fruits

Citrus fruits

Citrus fruits last longer at room temperature. It can stay up to a week without going bad. Refrigerating citrus fruits gradually lessens the natural citrus flavor. A typical example of this is the orange fruit. Once it is popped into the freezer, it gradually loses taste and freshness and it can’t be compared to when it was at room temperature . We know herbs are usually preserved in the refrigerator but are there exceptions? Find out in the next one.

Mint

Mint

Some herbs are best kept away from cold environments. An example of such herbs is mint. Mint is best kept at room temperature and it is pretty easy to preserve your mint without putting them in the fridge. Just trim the stems and place them in a jar of cool water then place it by your windowsill and watch it flourish. Another one of those edibles that shouldn’t be refrigerated is discussed next.

Peppers

Peppers

Peppers, whether yellow, green or red are not supposed to be refrigerated. This vegetable has the ability to retain its freshness and nutrients for a period of time so refrigerating it has little or no effect on it. The next is a common food that has a long shelf life. Is it appropriate to be refrigerated? The next one explains that.

Rice

Rice

The only type of rice meant to be kept in the fridge is cooked rice. Every other type of rice belongs in the pantry. Rice can stay for years without losing its taste and nutrients. Weevils won’t infest it if properly preserved. If by chance, water gets on it in the refrigerator, it’ll definitely go bad. You sure don’t want your rice to decay in a bid to preserve it. Another food that shouldn’t be anywhere near a refrigerator is discussed next.

Dried beans

Dried beans

As the name implies, it is dry so why keep it in a humid environment? Dried beans shouldn’t go anywhere near your refrigerator. It can cause it to lose its flavor. It can also begin to sprout. No one wants to harvest beans in their fridge. The next food to be discussed is one you find in every home especially in the refrigerator. Why it shouldn’t be so will be explained next.

Salad dressings

Salad dressings

Salad dressings have such a long shelf life so refrigerating them is not necessary. They’ll do just fine in your cupboard or in your pantry and they’ll taste better and mix properly as time goes on. The next food is a spread that most people believe should be stored in the freezer but does it get better inside or at room temperature? It is discussed in the next article

Jam

Jam

Jam has high sugar content and it contains preservatives already so instead of keeping it in your fridge, all you need to do is put it in your pantry. This spread is common and it can also be made at home but the ones you purchase at you grocery store contains preservatives which is why you find them on the shelves at your grocery store. The next vegetable is one that is believed to fare better in a refrigerator. Why this isn’t so is explained next

Carrots

Carrots are like cucumbers in nature. If refrigerated, instead of preserving it for a long period of time, it just speeds up the rotting process . If you leave them at room temperature, they retain their moisture naturally. If you like your carrots chilled, you can leave it in the fridge a few hours before you eat it. Up next is another one that shouldn’t be refrigerated. Why this is wrong is discussed in the next one

Red wine

Where they manufacture red wine, it goes through a lot of process and they are first stored in barrels before they’re finally packaged. If they weren’t going to last, they most likely would keep them in a refrigerator
Have you ever heard the saying “age like fine wine”? This is exactly why some wines, particularly red wine, do not need to be refrigerated. Red wine can sit on your shelves for years and nothing will affect it. Even after it’s opened, you can return it to your shelf. Why refrigerate them if they never spoil? Coming up next is a type of milk. Keep reading to see how best to preserve this

Canned Coconut Milk

Canned Coconut Milk

Coconut milk is used for a number of things. It is used by people who are building their bodies or who love exercising. You might be tempted to pop it in your fridge, please don’t. Just keep it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. It has the ability to last long outside a fridge so keeping it in your cupboard or your pantry is just right. Not all fruits are meant to be refrigerated. The next one is an example.

Grapes

Grapes

Have you observed that grapes are not kept in the refrigerator at supermarkets? This is mainly because they benefit more from warm climates. Once you buy your grapes, just keep them in your fruit bowl. It’ll be just fine and it’ll definitely retain its unique taste, nutrients and freshness. However, if you prefer your grapes chilled, you can do that some hours before eating. The next one is a powder used in making various pastries and desserts.

Flour

Flour

Flour is a powder and should always be kept at room temperature. If you keep your flour in the refrigerator, the condensation might affect it hereby making it less powdery. Your flour is best kept at room temperature in your pantry. Not only does it have a long shelf life, it retains its nutrients. Another fruit that shouldn’t be refrigerated will be discussed next

Pineapples

Pineapples

Pineapples are one if those fruits that stop their ripening process once they’re refrigerated so keeping it in the fridge is nothing but a waste of space and time. Pineapples ripen gradually at room temperature so keeping them in a cool, dry place in your pantry is the best way to preserve your pineapples. If you prefer chilled pineapple, do well to put it in the fridge some hours before eating. The next good is one in which most people refrigerate inappropriately. How this can be stored properly is explained in the next one

Cake

Cake

You might be surprised to see that cakes shouldn’t be kept in the fridge. Yes, not all cakes do well in cold temperatures. Normal non-frosted cakes should be kept in an airtight container at room temperature. This will prevent it from drying out and ants will not be able to get there. Keeping your cakes in the refrigerator for a long time changes the taste, texture and flavor over time.
It is true that the refrigerator is meant to preserve our foods but not all foods appreciate cold temperatures. Some fare better when left at room temperature or at dark place or in airtight containers. We hope that after going through this article, you take them into consideration by storing your foods properly. Storing your foods properly helps retain the nutrients which in turn keeps you healthy.