Don't Refrigerate These 7 Foods

Not everything you bring home from the grocery store should be stored inside the climate-controlled box.
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Improve the quality of your food by storing it in the right place.

Refrigerators -- it's hard to believe that millions of people survive without the convenience of this technology. We use them for everything from chilling beer to crisping produce, but do we misuse them for storing foods? While we've been told that chilling food makes it last longer, not everything you bring home from the grocery store should be stored inside the climate-controlled box.

The cold temperatures can break down starches, cause sugars to crystallize, and generally dry out whatever you put in the refrigerator. Have you ever taken a bite of something from the fridge and realized it has taken on the flavor of those curry leftovers and the garlic you peeled?

To avoid these unsavory results, follow these simple tips that explain not only what not to put in the fridge, but why. Next time you go to store the produce you carefully selected at the farmers market, rest assured that it will be stored in the best way possible to preserve taste and texture.


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The flavor and texture of bananas are protected by their thick peels, so storing them in the fridge isn't the worst decision you could make. However, not everyone likes the look of a brown peel, so keep your bananas bright and yellow by leaving them on the counter.


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In an effort to make grounds last longer, many people store their coffee in the fridge. Unfortunately, this practice doesn't preserve flavor so much as it destroys it. Store your beans in a cool, dark place away from strong smells to keep your coffee tasting like coffee.

These unsaturated fats do not require refrigeration. In fact, refrigerating oils will cause them to take on an unpleasant texture. If you make vinaigrette for the week, leave out the garlic if you plan to store it at room temperature, because garlic and oil combined provides the perfect environment for botulism to grow.Photo Credit: Flickr Click Here to See Don’t Refrigerate These 11 Foods
Onions fare better at room temperature as well. The cool climate of the fridge causes onions to absorb moisture, leaving them mushy and unappealing. Cut onions must be stored in the fridge to prevent bacteria from growing, but will keep best in a sealed plastic bag. Photo Credit: Flickr / swong95765
Peanut Butter
There is really no need to store peanut butter in the fridge, unless you prefer a harder, less spreadable texture. The fat from the peanut oils keep this food fresh for a lengthy time without refrigeration.Photo Credit: Shutterstock / bonchanClick Here to See Don’t Refrigerate These 11 Foods
Cold causes the starch in the potatoes to break down into sugar, leaving you with a sweeter taste and a gritty mouthfeel. Storing spuds in a cool (but not too cool), dark location is the best way to make your potatoes last.Photo Credit: Flickr / United Soybean Board
Store these thin-skinned fruits on the counter to keep your tomatoes at peak flavor and texture. However, there is one caveat: The summer months can make it difficult to keep tomatoes at their optimal temperature of between 68 and 73 degrees F. In the height of the summer months, it might be best to take your chances with the fridge. Photo Credit: Flickr / torbakhopper

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