11 Things That You Shouldn’t Store In The Refrigerator

When you bring a pile of groceries home your first instinct is always to get the perishable items to the fridge as quickly as you can.
However, despite popular belief, there are some food times that you should never store in the refrigerator.

By refrigerating many items, the flavor can be lessened or change the texture, and in some cases, even make it spoil faster because of condensation from the refrigerator.

I am all about how to store food so that it lasts as long as possible. There is nothing that I hate more than throwing away good food that just didn’t last as long as it should and wasting money.

But, you keep reading and find out more which 11 things you should never store in the refrigerator!

  • Bread

The refrigerator dries out bread very quickly. Keep what you will eat within 4 days in a dry pantry at room temperature and freeze the rest.

  • Potatoes

The refrigeration affects the flavor of all potatoes and that includes all kinds; white, baking, red, purple, fingerling etc. Store in dry pantry in a paper bag. Plastic bags promote moisture and mold.

  • Onions

Try to keep in their original mesh bag or any other that allows circulation and keep in the pantry. Keep away from potatoes which causes onions to rot.

  • Coffee

Surprisingly to me, you should not refrigerate or freeze coffee because it causes condensation and changes the flavor. Goes for beans and grounds. Keep in airtight container in pantry.

  • Garlic

It will last in the pantry for two months. Refrigerating garlic can reduce the flavor and actually cause mold. Store loose and once head is broken should use within 10 days. However, you can put minced garlic in the fridge as long as used as soon as possible.

  • Oils

When you put oils, whether it is olive oil or vegetable oil, in the fridge they will actually get thick and begin to look murky and cloudy. In fact, the only oils that you must refrigerate are nut based oils. You are best simply keeping your oils in the pantry.

  • Melons

If you want to give melons the best possible flavor then you need to store them out on the counter at room temperature. This helps to keep the antioxidants intact. It does need to be said, however, that you can store melon in the fridge for three to four days after it has been cut into pieces.

  • Honey

You should keep the honey at room temperature because in the fridge it will crystallize and thicken faster.

  • Tomatoes

Tomatoes should not be refrigerated because this will change their flavor and their texture. The University of Florida explains that the flavor of a tomato is a result of an interaction between acids, sugars, and various volatile compounds.

  • Batteries

It is a common myth that you should store batteries in the refrigerator, but extreme heat or extreme cold actually diminishes their performance.

  • Nail Polish

The only thing that refrigerating nail polish does is thicken it and change the chemicals. Keep at room temperature and away from direct sunlight.

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