17 Foods That Should NOT Be In The Fridge

17 Foods That Should NOT Be In The Fridge

A lot of us have been brought up to think of the fridge as place to elongate the life of food and drink. Certain foods, when put in the fridge, can taste different and their textures can be ruined. Before you unpack your weekly shop - here's a list of 17 food items that are happy OUT of the fridge. Putting them INSIDE the fridge may lead to spoiled produce, so an awareness of the following items will mean you waste a lot less food.

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1. Garlic

garlic clove
Don't keep it in the fridge!

It's best to store your garlic in a dry, dark place. If you put them the fridge, your bulbs will start to sprout and the taste and texture will be spoiled.

2. Onions

Don't keep onions in the fridge - they'll dry out. Store them at room temperature for four days, allowing plenty of air to circulate around them. Do not store them near potatoes, as they are not friends - spuds give off moisture will cause your onions to spoil.

3. Tomatoes

Allow tomatoes to ripen at room temperature and once ripe, use a cooler spot to keep them for longer. If you've used tomatoes to make a delicious salsa however, do refrigerate this - it's safer to store cut tomatoes this way.

4. Hard Avocados

avocado market stan
They won't soften in the fridge!

There's nothing worse than a hard avacado... actually maybe finding it rotten is worse. Storing a hard avocado in your fridge will slow the ripening process, so instead, allow it to ripen at room temperature, using a paper bag to speed up the process.

5. Apples

If you're an apple fan, then you'll like to know that apples can be stored at room temperature for a week and they'll be completely fine to eat. Enjoy!

6. Potatoes

Place your spuds in a dark, dry and cool space. Remove them from plastic bags and try storing them in a cardboard box. Do not wash them before storage, because you may cause them to spoil early.

7. Bread

fresh bread on market
Don't dry it out!

Don't put your bread in the fridge, it will only get tough, dried out and it will lose its delicious taste. Make sure you and your house dwellers remember to seal your loaf up to retain it's moisture.

8. Honey

Don't put honey in the fridge, it will crystallize and become incredibly tricky to spread! Store it in the cupboard and enjoy a smooth spreadable consistency.

9. Green bananas

As with the avocado, the cold temperature of the fridge will slow down the ripening process. If you want a nice yellow banana, keep it out the fridge and if you want to speed up the process, put it in a paper bag.

10. Basil

Keep basil fresh by cutting the stems and placing it in a jar with water. Treat basil like they're a bunch of flowers - it will certainly make the room smell lovely.

11. Coffee

instant coffee granules
It's best served dry.

If you need your cup of coffee in the morning, you should know what it likes! Protect coffee from moisture, heat and light, placing it in an air-tight container in a dark, cool place.

12. Maple Syrup

Like honey, maple syrup does not like the fridge. Store it in a cupboard, away from direct sunlight. The pour lashings of it over waffles, pancakes, bacon or directly into your mouth.

13. Watermelon

Studies show that keeping a watermelon in the fridge will have an effect on its nutritional value. Storing watermelon at room temperature mean it will have significantly more nutrients and antioxidants than a watermelon that is fridge-bound. How interesting!

14. Pastries

Croissants, cinnamon whirls, pain au chocolat - there's no need to keep them in the fridge. Cover them up with foil and keep them at room temperature for up to two days.

15. Aubergine

avocado market stand
How do you serve yours?

The best place to store aubergine (or eggplant) is at room temperature away from direct sunlight. Do not seal it in a plastic bag, as this can speed-up decay.

16. Butternut Squash

Keep this beauty on a shelf in a dry, dark, cool place. If you stick it in the fridge it may change the flavour - we don't want that now.

17. Peanut Butter

peanut butter jar
It doesn't need any help staying fresh.

There's no need to store your peanut butter in the fridge - it will keep well for around 3 months in a dark cupboard at room temperature. Now... where's that jam?

Hope you have enjoyed the list! Let me know if you have any more foods that you think should be kept out of the fridge below...


Colleen B


Lifelong biscuit addict. Obsessed with recipes, cooking & eating. Slightly lazier than the average bear, so likes writing about life hacks & discovering the quickest / easiest way to do things.

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  1. Author Terri on September 13, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Cucumber ? It's mostly made up of water and putting it in fridge will make it turn into mush before you get to enjoy any in sandwiches or salad.

    1. Author Stephanie C on September 19, 2017 at 12:59 pm

      Hi Terri. I usually keep mine in the fridge, but will definitely give this a go. Thanks for sharing :)


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