Here Are Some Of The Foods You Must Not Keep In Your Fridge

Published on 09/13/2020
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It’s probably fair to say that people who go shopping for later use groceries would like the items to last. As a result, people are doing what they think is best to prevent certain foods from going to waste. Most of us put specific items into the fridge to help them stay “alive” longer. Ironically, the fact that these foods are kept in the refrigerator does the opposite. We hasten the rotting of food and ruin its taste, all of which will eventually cause us to throw the item in the trash.

Apples

The apples are kept at room temperature for about 1-2 weeks. When stored at room temperature, the enzymes inside the fruit become much more active. The apples have become so nutritious. Keep in mind, however, that the sweet fruit of the plums causes other fruits to ripen more quickly because of the gas that the apples produce. It’s best, therefore, if you separate other fruits from apples. It is therefore best to separate other fruit from apples. If you receive a gift basket full of apples during your holiday, it’s best not to store them in the fridge!

Apples

Apples

Avocados

You should think twice about putting unripe avocados into the refrigerator – unless you want to make them ripen slower, just as slow as a snail. Instead, you should put them on a cool and dry surface like the counter.

Avocados

Avocados

Bananas

They retain better nutrients when the bananas are not in the refrigerator. Cold temperatures will only slow the ripening process. Furthermore, the darkness and the humidity of the fridge only rot the fruit. On the kitchen counter is the best place to keep them.

Bananas

Bananas

Basil

Remember, your basil doesn’t belong to the refrigerator! Place the herb instead of a cup of fresh water. Blanch it first and freeze it if you intend to store basil for a long time. Odd, but it works.

Basil

Basil

Bread

Nothing dries bread more quickly than it would have been if you left it in the refrigerator. Because of the cold, the bread tends to be stale, hard, and almost tasteless. But if we’re talking about a sandwich, the bread definitely belongs to the refrigerator. It’s the only exception.

Bread

Bread

Carrots

Doc, what’s up? Did you say not to refrigerate carrots, because they’re just going to rot and fill up with water in a couple of days? Great tip, man! Instead, carrots must be kept away from sunlight and ideally in a place with little moisture.

Carrot

Carrot

Cereal

You don’t have to put the cereal in the fridge to keep it fresh! In fact, low temperatures and moisture in the fridge can make the cereal less crunchy and the food loses its texture.  We don’t know about you, but we don’t want that kind of cereal.

Cereal

Cereal

Chocolate

Unite Chocoholics! Well, more like listen up. We know that most of us have thrown our chocolate into the refrigerator so it doesn’t melt and it stays more “solid”. However, if you do, chocolate would then lose its taste!  Just place chocolate inside the refrigerator if some crazy heatwave turned it into a liquid, but not longer than a couple of hours. There, don’t worry about it. There are no hard feelings between you and chocolate, we’re pretty sure. You didn’t know, didn’t you?

Chocolate

Chocolate

Citrus Fruits

All types of citrus fruits need natural room temperatures to help them ripen. This process is seriously ruined if you put them in the fridge. Above all, the citrus fruit loses its flavor. And no one really wants that.

Citrus Fruits

Citrus Fruits

Coffee

Okay, now, coffee. If you’re a chocoholic, you’re probably also a certified coffee drinker – with a level of coffee addiction like the Gilmore Girls. Whether you have coffee beans or ground coffee, you have to store them in a cool, dry, dark place to preserve their freshness and flavor. If you want to keep your coffee in the refrigerator, you’d better put it in a sealed container.

Coffee

Coffee

Cucumber

The best way to enjoy cucumbers is through the room. You should think of the refrigerator as the last place when you want to leave the veggie. If the cucumbers end up in the refrigerator, you’ll probably see that the skin is damaged. This is because of the cool temperature that hastens the rotting of the veggie’s skin. Store cucumbers in a cool, dry place at room temperature.

Cucumber

Cucumber

Egg

A lot of other people don’t really think about putting their eggs in the refrigerator, or not. Typically, this is just what people are doing. However, a recently published study has shown that whether or not you keep eggs in the refrigerator does not make any difference.

Egg

Egg

Flour

You can actually store flour wherever you want because it doesn’t really make any difference. Even so, make sure that you use a container that is airtight to keep it dry and keep the container dry.

Flour

Flour

Fruits Like Apricots, Kiwi, Peaches And Mangoes

When you put fruit such as mangoes, kiwis, peaches, and apricots in the refrigerator, you slow down the process of their ripening. They will therefore lose their nutrients, and flavor faster. Instead, you should keep them on the counter, or any other cool and dry place.

Fruits Like Apricots, Kiwi, Peaches, Plums And Mangoes

Fruits Like Apricots, Kiwi, Peaches, Plums And Mangoes

Garlic

You’ve certainly caught up with it by now, right? Never leave any garlic in the refrigerator. If you do, the garlic will just get rubbery, moldy, and would sprout. Looking at the garlic you left in the fridge, it will look pretty normal until you open it. Know for a fact that you don’t want to see or smell that thing.

Garlic

Garlic

Honey

The reason why this is on the list seems like a no-brainer. Honey is a naturally preserved food item, so if you leave it in the refrigerator, the process of natural sugar crystallization in honey is actually speeded up. It’s just going to give you dough-like honey, something that no one wants.

Honeycomb On A Wooden Surface

Honey

Hot Sauce & Tabasco

As we talk about hot sauce and Tabasco, you should not forget that they both have a long shelf life. Hot sauce can last up to three years, and Tabasco can last up to five years, to be specific. As far as the hot sauce is concerned, you only need to make sure that its base is vinegar and that it does not have any fruit or vegetables-because while its color may change, it does not mean that the hot sauce has gone bad. Meanwhile, make sure you don’t expose Tabasco to direct sunlight and put it in a cool place. It doesn’t need to be refrigerated after opening Tabasco.

Hot Sauce

Hot Sauce & Tabasco

Jam

Seeing that loads of preservatives are added to jam, it is better not to keep them inside the refrigerator. Don’t put it inside the refrigerator, even if you open the jar! Even if some water is allowed to get inside the jar, it won’t ruin the taste or spoil the jam. In addition, when you take out jam, always make sure you don’t get any other food mixed with it; crisscrossing jams with other foods can make them taste weird!

Jam

Jam

Ketchup

Even after opening the bottle, Ketchup is made of enough food additives since it contains vinegar, but the tomatoes are naturally acidic and this helps to preserve the product under ambient conditions, maintaining its quality and freshness, so you don’t have to refrigerate the condiment at all.

Ketchup

Ketchup

Melons

There’s no need to keep melons in the fridge! If you leave them at room temperature, they will maintain their natural antioxidant levels. Well, “level,” as if it were the same. That said, if melons are sliced up, they should be stored in the refrigerator and covered with plastic wrap or foil.

Melons

Melons

Olive Oil

You have probably not given much thought to it, but storing olive oil in the refrigerator is not something that you would like to do unless you want some butter. The cold in the refrigerator will only harden and condense the olive oil. Instead, you should store it in a dark, cool place.

Olive Oil

Olive Oil

Onions

Like garlic, they only become moldy when you leave onions in the fridge!  If there are some unpeeled onions lying around in your house, make sure that you leave them in a dark and dry area, since they have to keep air fresh for a long time. Place it in a container and store it in the refrigerator if you have an onion peeled.

Onions

Onions

Pears

Here’s what you need to know about the pears-when they’re on the tree, they don’t ripen. This means that if you bought them at room temperature, they’re likely to ripen slowly. This is how to get that wonderful taste of pear. If the pears you buy are not ripe, they should not be chilled. The cold only hinders the process of ripening. It also causes the pears to lose their freshness. It causes the pears to lose freshness as well. Once ripened, the pears can be placed inside the fridge to last longer.

Pears

Pears

Pepper

If you keep the peppers in the refrigerator, it is not true that they are preserved. Placing them in the fridge makes peppers duller, so you should put them in a cool, dry place. The same goes for chili peppers.

Pepper

Pepper

Pickles

Oh, that’s right! Pickles can be left outside the refrigerator. Lots and lots of preservatives are added to them, so even if the pickles stay out for as long as three years, it barely matters. No smell would develop or spoil the space of the refrigerator. Shelve your pickles!

Pickles

Pickles

Potatoes

Potatoes must be kept in a dark, dry, cool place all the time. Cold temperatures in the refrigerator make the process of switching starch to sugar faster. Also, don’t forget to take the potatoes out of the bag with which they came when you returned home!

Potatoes

Potatoes

Salad Dressings

Putting salad dressings or vinaigrette in the refrigerator is quite common for people. Research, however, shows that there is no real benefit if you do this. There are two main components of the salad dressing-oil and vinegar, none of which requires refrigeration. However, if the dressing is your own creation, you are likely to use some nut oil, garlic, or fruit juice, and these ingredients need to be refrigerated.

Salad Dressings

Salad Dressings

Salad

If you have a dash of vinegar or an oil salad, even if it is not refrigerated, it is fully capable of withstanding a long period of time. Sounds crazy, doesn’t it?  Nonetheless, if you have a mayo or yogurt base in your salad, you need to cool it down.

Salad

Salad

Tomatoes

You’re just helping them lose their taste faster, sour their taste and slow down their ripening process when you leave tomatoes in the refrigerator. So, keep your tomatoes in a bowl on the counter!

Tomatoes

Tomatoes

Tuna

You do not need to put canned tuna inside the fridge as long as it is sealed! It can be maintained at room temperature, and will not go bad. This is mostly due to the tons of preservatives inside the canned tuna.

Tuna

Tuna

Sweet Melon

Who likes to eat watermelon or some kind of melon that isn’t chilled? Right, almost no one. But think twice before you leave the melon in the refrigerator. Research shows that putting the fruit in the refrigerator will lower the levels of antioxidants inside the sealed melon. What you can do is slice it, and then put it in the refrigerator for a long time to allow it to cool down before serving.

Melon

Sweet Melon

Pumpkin

How did the pumpkins relate to Halloween, which is a scary holiday? Perhaps because this large vegetable likes it best to be kept in a dark, cool, dry place like, let’s say … the basement, dontcha think?

Pumpkin

Pumpkin

Peanut Butter

I mean, who else finds the attempt to stab hard peanut butter in a jar with a knife annoying? It’s definitely not just us, right? It’s very annoying! Do you want some creamy, smooth, and soft peanut butter? Then just leave it outside of the refrigerator. There, problem solved!

Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter

Spices

A lot of people have picked up the habit of putting in the fridge any food that is open. Just because so many are doing it doesn’t mean it is right. It is better to keep all spices outside of the fridge so that they do not absorb moisture and become foul. You can keep spices dry for months anywhere, or in the pantry, as long as you place them in a sealed container.

Spices

Spices

Mustard

Just like ketchup, if it is outside the refrigerator, mustard can also last longer. Mustard comes with a natural acid that acts as a preservative. That’s why we can store mustard even longer than ketchup.

Mustard

Mustard

Soy Sauce

Were you aware that soy sauce will remain edible for about one year and six months? It seems like a short time, but it’s the fact that soy sauce can do exactly that in the pantry. However, you should know that it can change its flavor after a long time, but it should be fine.

Soy Sauce

Soy Sauce

Eggplant

Eggplant is clearly meant to be kept out of the sunlight as well as at room temperature to guarantee that it lasts a long time. Overall, it’s really temperature-sensitive, so the refrigerator is a “no-no” to these guys. Also, keep it separate from other fruit and vegetables. We’re wondering if it’s about spending time alone. Perhaps not.

Eggplant

Eggplant

Pineapple

These tropical fruits stand out in a truly unique manner when compared to others. The ripening process completely stops once pineapples are harvested. Thus, if you haven’t had to cut this succulent summer fruit, you don’t have to put it in the fridge. If you intend to serve it to guests, though, it’s safe to say that everyone agrees that the cooler the better!

Pineapple

Pineapple

Papaya

Papaya, huh? Papa? Hmmm, Paw-paw? What exactly is it called?  We call it super tasty fruit, which is no longer considered seasonal since it is imported almost throughout the year. Leaving the tropical delight inside the refrigerator will slow the ripening process, but it could also make the taste watery. That taste is that of … It’s kind of disgusting!

Papaya

Papaya

Sweet Potatoes

Here’s some science – when you end up with sweet potatoes in the refrigerator, their cell wall structure changes. Now, what does that mean exactly? It basically just means that hard sweet potatoes can get even harder. The best way is to put them in a cool, well-ventilated, and dark area.

Sweert Potatoes

Sweert Potatoes

Dried Beans

There’s a good reason why they’re dried, so there’s no need to put them inside the refrigerator, perhaps. Actually, if you want, you can also leave green beans outside the refrigerator, but only if they are used shortly after you buy them.

Dried Beans

Dried Beans

Donuts

Is it really a complete and total crime to put donuts in the fridge? Listen, the pizza in the fridge is fantastic, but the donuts? No, no. Donuts get stale quickly and become cold treats that no one wants to eat. It’s such a waste!

Donuts

Donuts

Vinegar

The vinegar is really acidic, and it can actually preserve itself! Isn’t that something?  Only if you have chopped some herbs or fresh vegetables and put them in will you need to refrigerate vinegar, but even then you still have some time to wait. So despite the fact that the expiry date is written on the vinegar bottle, you really don’t have to pay any attention to the details.

Vinegar

Vinegar

Salami

Salami would tell you one thing you may not have known yet. In fact, most salami needs to be kept out of the cold because the salami needs to “breathe.” You might have seen some backpackers go on a long hike. You have to do what the label says, however, if the salami you buy reads that you have to keep the salami in the refrigerator.

Salami

Salami

Aged Cheese

At first, we thought, “Surely cheese needs to be refrigerated, it’s made from milk!”  However, aged cheeses like Gouda, Gruyere, and Cheddar are considered “cured” cheeses. It takes approximately 6 months to cure them. So these cheeses can be put in cool places … because you don’t want any cheese melted before it has ever seen an oven.

Aged Cheese

Aged Cheese

Canned Olives

In fact, this isn’t exclusive to just olives in a can. Many olive exporters claim that the olives should not go bad at the counter if people keep the olives they buy in the brine that the olives were made in. What matters is that the olives are not in direct sunlight and that their container is sealed.

Canned Olives

Canned Olives

Beef Jerky

Since beef is a type of meat product, we believe it needs to be placed inside the refrigerator. However, because the moisture of the meat is completely drawn out, the beef jerky can then survive “living” outside the fridge. The making of beef jerky can be traced back to Ancient Egypt. We’re pretty sure they weren’t keeping it in their fridges.

Beef Jerky

Beef Jerky

Potato Chips

Can you think of an example of when potato chips have not been consumed until the last crumb in a bag? We can’t either. That said, we can’t even think about anyone keeping a bag in the fridge. You guys agree that potato chips are not fridged staples, right? Cool.

Potato Chips

Potato Chips

Crackers

Bit of trivia: if you look at the contents of my grandmother’s refrigerator, you’ll see her dry crackers in it. Yes, she does this, and she swears that it preserves them, but I’m not entirely convinced of that. If you don’t want to change the taste of your crackers, put them in your bag, and seal them tightly. You can store it on your countertop or in a dark place in the kitchen.

Crackers

Crackers

Yogurt

Now, let’s start the debate! Some people argue that milk is the main ingredient in yogurt, so it should be in the refrigerator. On the other side, some say that the food product has a lot of bacteria, so the fridge isn’t really the best place to do it. In fact, keeping yogurt out of the refrigerator is safe. Just keep yogurt in a cool place, not direct sunlight. You can put it in the fridge to enjoy a cooler snack if you want to eat.

Yogurt

Yogurt

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