11 Foods You Should Never Refrigerate

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The whole point of having a refrigerator is not having to think about food going bad two days after we buy it. However, there are some types of food that shouldn’t be stored in the refrigerator as it alters the quality and even the flavor.

11 Foods You Should Never Refrigerate: 

1. Tomatoes

The cold air causes the ripening process to cease which makes the tomatoes lose their flavor. They will also become mealy because refrigeration causes their membranes to break down. Store them on the countertop in a wire basket to preserve texture and flavor.

2. Fresh Basil

Unlike other herbs, basil doesn’t fare well in the fridge. Instead, it wilts and absorbs the flavors of other foods. Put in a glass of water like you do with fresh flowers until you are ready to use it.

3. Potatoes

Keep potatoes in a cool, not cold place. Cold temperatures turn the starch of potato into sugar more quickly than you think. Put them in a paper bag in a cool and dark place in your home instead. Paper is better than plastic because it allows air to circulate, slowing the deterioration process.

4. Coffee

Coffee absorbs the flavor of other foods in the fridge. Store in the pantry for up to two weeks, or freezer if you need long-term storage.

5. Garlic

Garlic has the same problem as potatoes. It needs cool, not cold air. The cold air causes garlic to sprout.



6. Onions

Refrigeration causes onions to retain moisture and get mushy and moldy. Store them in a cool, dry place. (But not near the potatoes!)

7. Avocados

This can be tricky! If they are ripe and ready to use, they are fine to refrigerate. If they are not ready to eat, leave the out or the cold air will stop the ripening process.

8. Honey

Unless you like thick, crystallized honey, don’t store it in the fridge.

9. Bread

It will dry out in the fridge. Opt for the bread box instead.

10. Melons

Melons with rough skin like cantaloupes and watermelons will lose flavor when stored in the fridge. Leave them out to let the ripening process continue to flavor them.

11. Citrus Fruits

Lemons, oranges and limes should be stored at room temperatures and on your kitchen counter. Cold air can damage the quality of these fruits. Be sure not to keep them too closely outside the fridge, though. Keeping them to tight together can make them mold more quickly.

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