Items to Keep Out of Your Refrigerator

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When it comes to food storage, there are many conventions that some people swear by and certain things that you should always do.  But are you unnecessarily refrigerating certain foods? Here are my top seven items to keep out of the refrigerator.

Storing these foods in the fridge when you shouldn't, can prematurely age, or alter their flavor. Chances are, you've mistakenly been storing some of these foods in your fridge ​when you should really being keeping them out on your counter or in your pantry.

Here's the List

Tomatoes will lose their flavor in the fridge. The cold air stops the ripening, and ripening is what gives tomatoes more flavor. The fridge will also alter the texture of the tomato, ​turning it mealy and mushy. Keep tomatoes out in a bowl or basket on the counter.

Potatoes. Keeping a potato in the cold temperature of your refrigerator will turn its starch into sugar faster. Instead of putting potatoes in the fridge, store them in a paper bag, in a cool - not cold - place. Store them in a ​dark place, i.e. inside the pantry. Paper bags work better than plastic because they're more breathable and the potato won't rot as fast.

Garlic keeps longest when stored at 60 to 65 degrees and in moderate humidity. Storing fresh garlic during the winter is hard since heated winter homes tend to be very dry – and can turn it rock hard. There is a caveat – during winter you can put your garlic in the refrigerator, but do note that if you take it out and leave it on the counter it will sprout; so use it fast!


Onions. If you put onions in the fridge, the moisture will turn them soft and moldy. Keep them in a cool, dry place. Just keep your onions separate from your potatoes; when stored together, both deteriorate faster.

Coffee. Keep your coffee out of the fridge! If you leave coffee in the refrigerator, it will lose its flavor and actually take on some of the odors in the fridge.

You should store coffee in a cool, dark place, where it will retain its flavor and freshness.

Honey. There's no need to store honey in the fridge - it will stay fresh if you keep it tightly sealed. Keeping honey in the refrigerator can cause it to crystalize.

Ghee. The Indian version of clarified butter, with no milk solids and just the fat- it’s not essential that ghee is refrigerated.  It is important to note that refrigeration will extend the shelf life of homemade ghee.