Your fridge is too packed and you can’t open the door without risking an avalanche? Good news! Chances are half of what’s in there actually should not be. We’re not giving you diet advice here. This is all about food conservation. Although refrigeration helps preserve many types of food, it is not recommended for all ailments in the kitchen. Colder temperatures can change the texture and taste of many foods, and sometimes even their nutritional value. Here are 40 foods that you should never put in the fridge.
Oranges prefer being at room temperature, just make sure they are not exposed to too much sunshine, and that they have some breathing space between them.
Low temperatures (under 50°F or 10 °C) can damage the texture and affect the taste of eggplant. This fruit must be kept at room temperature and far away from other fruit and vegetables.
If you want your avocados to ripen so you can eat them one day, you should leave them at room temperature, in a brown paper bag that you leave open. Keep them out of the fridge unless you don’t want to eat them any time soon.
Placing onions in the fridge will make all your other foods absorb its odour and taste. It is best to keep them in your pantry or, even better, in a cold room if you have one.
Not all tomatoes taste equal. And that might be due to refrigeration. The cold from the fridge makes them lose their flavour. For flavourful tomatoes, it is best to keep them at room temperature, close to the ground and far from the sun.
Some people might want to keep small and medium-sized pumpkins in the fridge to preserve them. However, low temperatures can easily damage them. They must be stocked in a dry and cool -but not cold- place.
Apples release ethylene which makes vegetables as well as other fruits ripen prematurely. If you plan on eating them in a week or less, it is best to keep them at room temperature. Otherwise, the fridge will help preserve them longer, just keep them away from your other produce.
Like all exotic fruits, bananas are not used to cold environments. It is logical to keep them at room temperature. In addition, avoid overexposing them to daylight.
The good thing about vinegar is that it’s self-preserving. In fact, it is practically everlasting. After a long period of being stocked, white vinegar won’t change. So why take up space in the fridge?
10. Peanut butter
Peanut butter lasts forever, so leave it in your pantry. It is even better if you place it upside down to preserve its freshness or else the oil could rise to the top after a while.
11. Olive oil
The refrigerator is not a place for olive oil. You should leave it in your pantry. Otherwise, it will take a butter-like consistency.
Potatoes should be kept in a cool and ventilated place. Don’t put them foods in the fridge. They should be keeping company to the onions and the garlic.
Basil is very sensitive to cold temperatures. It tends to release ethylene, which makes your other fruits ripen more easily, all while deteriorating its own leaves.
Donuts can become bland and even soggy if they are kept in the fridge. They will stay fresher if they are kept at room temperature. In fact, they should be eaten the day they are bought. What are leftover donuts anyway.
Like ketchup, there is acid in mustard that acts as a natural preservative. Mustard can be conserved for a month in the pantry. But you might when to trust the packaging on that one.
16. Aged cheese
The difference between aged cheese and other types of cheese is its ripeness. This process usually takes 6 months. If put in the fridge, these types of quality cheeses tend to get too firm.
17. Canned tuna
An unopened can of tuna has to be kept in the pantry. Not only does it taste better at room temperature, but the cold might give it a metal aftertaste.
What’s more annoying then hitting your knife on rock hard butter? Destroying your piece of bread while trying to spread cold butter on it. Just keep it covered in the pantry. It will taste better, facilitate your life and keep just fine.
Cucumber in the fridge might get wilt and lose some of its taste over time. It’s better to leave it on the kitchen counter and perhaps pop them in the fridge minutes before eating them if you like yours cold.
Most cereals will change texture and become soft if kept in the fridge. Even though they will still be edible, they will be less crunchy. But let’s be honest, who puts their cereals in the fridge anyway.
Most ground spices can be kept for many years in the pantry. Not only is there no advantage in stocking spices at a colder temperature, but it can also lose some of its flavour.
Some people prefer eating their fruits cold. However, pears store in cold temperatures can lose their crunchy texture. To prevent them from getting soft, keep them on the counter.
23. Hot peppers
Keeping hot peppers in the fridge to preserve and improve their taste is a myth. It is actually a bad idea as the cold can reduce the crunchy texture of these vegetables. Instead, keep them in a paper bag and to keep them dry.
24. Soya sauce
Preserve soy sauce by keeping it in a cool, dry place, far from sun rays. But not quite as cold as the fridge, unless you don’t mind sacrificing a little extra flavour.
Flour won’t be damaged by colder temperatures, but it is simply not necessary to keep it in the fridge. Simply keeping all types of flour in an airtight container is best.
Bread in general, but especially fresh bread, gets stale more rapidly when put in the fridge. Leave it in its original package and keep it on the counter, in a breadbox or in the pantry.
Whether you should keep your eggs in the fridge greatly depends on your habits. If you buy in small quantities and eat them fast, keep them on the counter, they will have a better taste and texture. Otherwise, the refrigerator will preserve them longer.
28. Beef Jerky
Even if dried beef is technically meat, it does not belong in the fridge. Most of the humidity has been eliminated and therefore can be kept sealed at room temperature for about a year. Once opened it should be eaten within a week.
The cold will make your honey crystallize, which is impractical and unpleasant. Besides, it keeps perfectly fine at room temperature. Just make sure the pot is closed properly.
Citrus prefer room temperature, so don’t leave them in the fridge. Just keep them out of direct sunlight and give them some breathing space between each other for optimal preservation.
Store-bought jams and jellies are, unfortunately, filled with preservatives, so to prevent that strange runny liquid that forms on top of refrigerated jam jars, just leave it in the pantry.
You should keep your melons, all melons, at room temperature until they are sliced. Once you’ve cut one, keep it in the fridge.
Everybody hates the word moist, but love their cakes to be just that. So keep the adjective where it belongs: out of your mouth and into your cake, which should be kept on the counter, in a cake dome.
34. Dried fruits
Don’t break your teeth on cold rock hard dried fruits. Keep them in the pantry. They will last just as long, but will remain soft and flavorful.
35. Chocolate hazelnut spread
Same as peanut butter and butter. Just leave it in the pantry or even on the counter, away from sunlight, for a gooey, creamy, decadent breakfast addition.
Mint should be kept in an airtight container, and preferably in the dark in order to preserve them longer. Mint does not do well in cold temperature and will get moldy prematurely.
Molasses doesn’t need to be kept in the fridge. Of course it does not. The thing can be kept in the pantry for years and still be eaten without any problem. Also, you don’t want it to get cold and hard.
So people enjoy the additional crunch of cold chocolate. Free to them to throw a bar or two in the refrigerator. Know however that this practice will make it lose some of its taste. So maybe reserve this treatment to lower quality chocolate.
This food should be preserved in a cool and dry place. Avoid placing them in a plastic bag or a Tupperware. This will make the garlic rot and sprout rapidly. Kepp them in the cold room, next to your onions.
People tend to refrigerate pickles, even though it is not necessary. The whole point of pickles is that it is easily preserved. Keep them in the pantry, unless you like to eat yours cold.
If placed in the fridge, coffee will absorb all the odours from all the other foods. Unless you’re into a cheesy, cup of joe in the morning, keep it in the pantry.