14 Foods You Should NOT Store In The Fridge

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There are foods you shouldn’t put in fridge. Here’s a list of 14 Foods you should not store in the fridge. Some you may know but some may surprise you.

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14 Foods you should not store in the Fridge

We all want to make our refrigerator space last and foods as well. Did you know if you went and looked into your fridge you might find a few items that don’t belong in there. Well, below you will see some items listed that are said to be at their prime when they are not refrigerated! Some of these items you might know and others might blow your mind!

Read below to see what foods you might have hiding in your fridge that you shouldn’t! The nice cool air is great for many foods but some it can have negative effects on.

Foods You Should Not Be Storing In The Fridge

Hot Sauce: Even after it is opened, it still is best to keep in the pantry!

Bread: Bread will dry out faster if it is stored in the fridge. If you don’t eat it fast enough, freeze it, and then thaw out the bread you want to use as you go.

Coffee: If you store coffee in the fridge it could be changing the flavor. The humidity in the fridge can change the flavor and cause a buildup of watery condensation. Best to store at room temperature. You can however keep large quantities in the freezer.

Onions: They need air to breath so keep in pantry. But make sure to keep away from potatoes, as they emit moisture and gases that can cause onions to rot.

Garlic: Can last up to two months on the counter.

Potatoes: Some people store potatoes in the fridge, but they are best in a paper bag in the pantōry.

Whole Melons: For whole melons keep them on the counter. Don’t put in the fridge until you have cut it open. Then store in a container in fridge.

Honey: If you store honey in the fridge it can crystallize so keeping it in your pantry is best.

This list is Nuts! 

Hazelnut Spread: For maximum flavor it is recommended not to store it in the fridge.

Nuts: Colder temperatures do help prevent the natural oils in the nuts from going bad. But the cold environment can change the flavor. Also shelled nuts can absorb other odors within the fridge. It is recommended to store in pantry or counter in airtight container.

Apples: These do great just having them on the counter in a bowl. They will last a week or two, and if at that time you haven’t eaten them then store in the fridge. That will give it an extra day or two of life. But for best flavor eat sooner than later.

Basil:The first thought is to place it in the refrigerator to keep it fresh but did you know it  wilt faster if left in the fridge. Worse, it  will also absorb all the smells of the food around it. It’s better to keep it out, sitting in a cup of fresh water, like cut flowers.basil pictures


Avocados: These are best at room temperature. Now if you have some that are ripe and can’t eat fast enough, then place them in the fridge for an extra day or two of life.

Tomatoes: They will lose all their flavor in the fridge. The cold air in the fridge stops the ripening process, and ripening is what gives tomatoes more flavor. The fridge will also alter the texture of the tomato.So it’s best to keep them at room temperature.

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14 foods you shouldn't refrigerate

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  • Reply Sherry Compton

    I hadn’t thought about some of these. My mom always kept nuts in the fridge. It’s interesting to learn how foods react to the cold. Thanks.

    October 10, 2019 at 7:21 pm
  • Reply Dana Rodriguez

    I had no idea about the apples or hot sauce! I always leave the others out except for the basil because I have a herb keeper for that. Very interesting!

    May 3, 2017 at 10:20 am
  • Reply Deborah D

    Next time I get apples on the counter they will go.

    May 3, 2017 at 7:41 am
  • Reply Sue E

    Your right! I was surprised by a couple of food items on this list!
    Basil, tomatoes, & whole melons!
    I usually put whole melons in the fridge before I cut them so the slices are nice and cold.
    Thanks for sharing!

    May 3, 2017 at 4:36 am
  • Reply Sandra Caballero

    Only three things I do wrong .. the apples.. basil.. and tomatoes are what I keep in the fridge. I won’t do it again. I want my food to be fresh with good taste to my meals.

    April 15, 2017 at 11:26 pm
  • Reply Kimberly Flickinger

    I never knew that you could not store these foods in your fridge. This is good to know, I will definitely share with my friends and family.

    March 12, 2017 at 2:30 pm
  • Reply Betsy Barnes

    We always keep hot sauce in the fridge, never knew! Thanks for this article!

    March 12, 2017 at 12:22 pm
  • Reply Lisa F.

    Wow, I always store my coffee and nuts in the fridge because I thought that kept them fresher longer. Thanks for the info!

    March 12, 2017 at 11:17 am
  • Reply Lisa Coomer Queen

    Oh wow! I didn’t know about some of these. Thank you for the tips! Good to know.

    March 12, 2017 at 11:05 am
  • Reply barbara parker

    Well I have been doing it right except when it came to the avocados. They will be placed on the counter now. I used to put the bread in the fridge but I find it works well in the freezer.

    March 12, 2017 at 9:24 am
  • Reply Edye

    I did not know some of these; especially the hot sauce one! Thanks for sharing.

    March 11, 2017 at 9:57 pm
  • Reply Mia

    I knew some of these but did not have any idea about tomatoes or basil. Apples were a surprise for me too.

    March 11, 2017 at 2:59 pm
  • Reply April Monty

    Great info..thanks so much,often times we think things should be in the fridge when they actually don’t and vice versa

    March 11, 2017 at 7:56 am
  • Reply janie vezina

    great info to know, often do some of these out of habit.

    March 10, 2017 at 9:59 pm
  • Reply Shannon S.

    These are really great to know, thanks for the info! Never knew to leave Basil in a cup of water on the counter, definitely helpful! !

    March 10, 2017 at 6:56 pm
  • Reply Amy Green

    This post is so cool. The two that I did not know were apples and hot sauce. But, I’ve got to keep my tomatoes in the fridge. I like them that way for my salads!

    March 9, 2017 at 8:51 pm
  • Reply Brandi Dawn

    Wow! There are a lot of things on this list that I was not aware of…thank you! I will be changing things up a bit for sure!

    March 9, 2017 at 6:36 pm
  • Reply Sarah L

    The only one I didn’t know about was the hot sauce. I keep my soy sauce in the fridge.

    March 9, 2017 at 6:07 pm
  • Reply Amber Ludwig

    Ooh this is very interesting!! I store almost all of the above in the fridge minus nuts and bread!! Our bread molds so fast on the counter…. I have no clue why!!

    March 9, 2017 at 11:24 am
  • Reply Katie C

    I didn’t know about tomatoes!! Thanks for the article. It was a great read.

    March 9, 2017 at 9:25 am
  • Reply Laura

    I didn’t know that potatoes can cause onions to rot. I’m pretty sure that I may have caused this a couple times now. Now I know! 🙂

    March 9, 2017 at 4:02 am
  • Reply Jo-Ann Brightman

    The 2 that surprised me were the hazelnut spread and the bread. I shall be more careful in the future.

    March 8, 2017 at 10:32 pm
  • Reply Leigh Kit hens

    I knew about a lot on the list, ut I did not know about hot sauce, apples, or basil! I’ll have to try leaving those out of the fridge!

    March 8, 2017 at 3:03 pm
  • Reply Caitlain McIntosh

    It’s so interesting that growing up I was taught that most of these foods went in the crisper drawer as soon as we got home from grocery shopping. Here in Florida, it seems that there is too high of a chance for bugs to get to the food, even if you keep your home immaculate.

    March 8, 2017 at 1:43 pm
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