You Should Never Ever Store These Foods in the Fridge, And Here's Why

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Did you ever think that some foods are simply not meant for storing in the fridge? Our first instinct is to pack everything into the refrigerator to make it stay fresh as long as possible, but for some fruits and veggies that is as good as throwing them to the garbage. Their taste and texture get ruined so fast! Here are some of our most favourite foods that should never ever be stored in the fridge (and proper ways to store them). You're in for a few surprises!

Avocados Don't Like Cold

If you're a huge fan of avocados then you probably don't really store them - you just buy and eat them right away! But when buying in bulk there comes a time when you have to decide - to fridge or not to fridge?

Green avocados don't like being cold at all and they will never ripen if you put them into the fridge. Leave them on the counter at room temperature to get all soft and mushy and then enjoy your favourite avocado toast.

If your avocado is ready to be eaten - better hurry up and do that because ripe avocados spoil fast even in the fridge. This is the trickiest food item on the list, but we love it nonetheless.

What About Aged Cheese?

We're used to thinking that all dairy products automatically go to the fridge, but that's a huge misconception. True, most cheeses need to be stored in the cold temperatures, but there are few that will only spoil if you do that.

Yes, we're talking about aged cheese that should always be kept at room temperature - your cupboard or any dark and cool place will do just fine.

If you store it in the fridge aged cheese will become rock hard and might lose some of its falvour as well. Aging cheese is a very delicate process and once it's finished it's best to avoid temperature fluctuations.

Potatoes Like Dry Places

It's incredibly easy to store potatoes as long as you know how to do it. Basically any dry and cool place will do!

But you need to be careful with keeping potatoes in the fridge - the cold affects the potatoes starches and as they turn into sugars the whole texture of the vegetable gets ruined. The flavor changes as well!

The only time when you need to store potatoes in the fridge is when you cook them - fried or baked potatoes need to be properly chilled down to stay fresh for longer. But it's always best to eat them right away, of course.

Keep Your Nutella Warm

The sheer thought of the chocolate-hazelnut spread makes our mouths water. It's one of the yummiest food items on the list (and some might argue - in the whole world as well!).

But what about storing Nutella and the like? It turns out you don't really need to fridge Nutella and you might have already noticed that when you do that it becomes less of a spread as it solidifies and gets rock hard.

You can store it in a cupboard for as long as you like. The sugars in the Nutella's content keep all the bacteria at bay and you don't need to worry about it getting spoiled. Anyway, we believe you'll eat it long before that!

Keep Your Coffee Cool & Dry

Whether you prepare your morning cup of joe from freshly ground coffee beans or use pre-ground coffee, the same rules apply - never ever store your coffee in the fridge!

Coffee needs to be stored in a dark dry place in an airtight container to save all the flavour, especially if we're talkin about pre-ground coffee.

If you put it in the fridge not only will it spoil faster, but it will also absorb all the smells that are present there and you'll end up with a morning cup of coffee that tastes unlike everything you've tried before! If you don't want your coffee to taste like tuna and french fries, then make sure you keep it in your pantry or cupboard.

Better Eat Those Doughnuts While Still Fresh

Like with all baked or fried goods, it's best to eat doughnuts while they are still fresh. They taste so good with a cup of freshly brewed coffee or a cappuccino!

Still, if you're having too many doughnuts on your hands (an issue we would all like to enjoy from time to time), you might be tempted to store them in the fridge. But that's not the way to save them for later!

In the fridge, doughnuts quickly become soggy and lose all their texture. Their taste also becomes much worse compared to fresh ones. Your best option is to keep them covered at a room temperature, but do mind that they can be stored like this up for two days, not more.

Butter - Out of the Fridge!

Most people can't agree whether butter should be stored in or out of the fridge. Naturally, in the shop they'll keep butter in refrigerators to keep it as fresh as possible, but when you bring it home there's actually no need to store it like that.

Butter can be kept out in the open for around a week and still taste great. Just make sure you keep it our of direct sunlight - a bowl with a cover will do just fine.

This way when you need to spread some butter on your toast - you will always have some soft butter to do just that! Just don't put all your butter out of the fridge all at once if you aren't sure that you'll eat it soon.

Melons - to Fridge or Not to Fridge?

Melons, watermelons, cantaloupes... There's nothing better than eating a cold juicy melon on a hot summer day! But what about storing this delicious food item?

You'll be relieved to know that you can actually store melons and watermelons at room temperature - they don't spoil for a long time and will only ripen and become tastier as time goes by.

Once you've cut your melon you can put it in the fridge where it can be stored for around three days. After that it will lose most of its freshness and falvour!

Basil Is Like a Flower...

Herbs are tricky and there is no one rule that works for all of them. Parsley and cilantro like cold places and can be stored in the fridge for up to a week, but basil is a much gentler herb and you will notice that it will only spoil faster when put in the refrigerator.

Basil will curl and turn all brown and mushy within a few days if you decided to store it in fridge, but there's a much more simpler way to keep your basil all nice and fresh.

Just trim the stems a little bit and put them into a glass of water just like you would a freshly cut flower. You'll be surprised by how long basil can stay fresh like this!


Ketchup is such a yummy condiment - we simply can't imagine a bowl of French fries without some ketchup on the side.

But did you ever notice that unpleasant watery residue that you get once you take the ketchup out of the fridge and start pouring it down onto your fries, burger, or hot dog? Yes, that's because the fridge does its 'magic' on the bottle of ketchup.

Ketchup actually doesn't need to be stored in the cold - it's good enough if you just keep it in a dark cool place our of sunray. Ketchup's natural acidity allows it to stay fresh and go unspoiled for a long time. Still, if you use it rarely and the climate is hot at your place - do keep it in the fridge.

Long Live the Pickles!

Pickles are almost eternal as they are prepared with that special mix of vinegar and sugar that is the ultimate food preservative. That's how our grannies and grandpas stored foods back in the day!

Pickled foods don't need to be stored in the cold, just make sure that you don't put them in direct sunlight - any cool and dark place will do just fine.

The only time when you should store your pickles in fridge is when you want to chill them down. They do taste better when they're cold!

Warm Up Your Olive Oil Right Now

Oils are known for not spoiling for a long time so there's really no need to keep them in the fridge. Moreover, oils with gentle falvours like olive oil can easily spoil when kept in cold temperatures.

If you've ever put olive oil in the fridge you might have noticed that it became cloudy and some solid particles started forming in the bottles. This is a sureproof sign you need to take your oil out of the fridge right now!

Most oils will come back to normal after you leave them on the counter for some time, but be careful not to warm them up too much. Room temperature is the best for storing most oils.

Cold Banana = Brown Banana

We all love bananas as you can make so many yummy meals with them. Still, storing bananas can become a real issue if you tend to put everything in the fridge.

Green bananas should always be kept out in the open - just give them some time and they will ripen on their own! Once they are all sweet and yellow you have a few options as to how to store them.

The best thing is to just eat them or add to smoothies. Overripe bananas are ideal for baking cookies and making banana bread, as well as vegan ice cream. You can also put overripe bananas into the freezer for later use. But never store bananas in the fridge! They will become all soggy and will turn brown very fast.

If You Love Fresh Bread...

Bread is tricky because we all love it fresh and it has a tendency to spoil fast no matter what we do. The best advice we can give here - just eat it while it's fresh!

And if you have time to bake your own bread - that's even better because you will have the freshest and most delicious loaf of bread in the world. There's no going back to buying pre-made bread after that!

If you put bread in the fridge it will quickly go stale and can even become soggy. Better let it dry out in the open - it might still be eatable even when it loses its freshness. There's another trick you can try: freezing bread is one way you can store it for later. Just pop in the toaster to get a 'fresh' piece of bread that's tastes quite alright. Otherwise, just keep your loaf of bread on the counter.

Tropical Fruits Like Warmth

Well this one definitely comes as no surprise to anyone who has been to some exotic country at least once. Did you ever see anyone on the islands store tropical fruits in the fridge? Probably not.

Unless, of course, you're about to prepare a delicious fruit salad, then go ahead and cool your papaya and passion fruit in the fridge. Otherwise, it's best to keep tropical fruits out of the fridge as they lose their flavour very fast.

On the other hand, if you have half of the fruit left and it's already cut down - best wrap it up and store in the fridge, otherwise flies will get to it really fast and fruits like pineapples and papayas spoil quickly when left out in the open after being cut and peeled.

Hоt Sаuce Likes Things... Hоt

Who doesn't like a splash of hot sauce here and there? Spicing up your meals is one of the best ways to enhance the flavour and add some fire to your cuisine. But how do you keep this extra fiery condiment?

Hot sauce is usually packed with preservatives that prevent it from going bad for a long time as long as you don't keep the sauce in direct sunlight, that's always a big no-no for most bottled goods.

There's nothing wrong with storing hot sauce in the fridge, but please mind that when stored like this it will lose its strength and you will end up using more of it to get that extra fieriness. Keep it on the counter and it will serve you long!

Spice Racks Exist for a Reason

Have you ever seen spices stored inside a refrigerator? We haven't, but apparently that's a thing and people are actually worried that their spices will go bad when left out in the open.

Well, you don't actually keep them in the open - there are all those cute spice racks and various bottles you should use for storing spices. The main rule you should remember about is that spices like dry and airy places.

Keep your bottles tight, but make sure the area you keep your spices is humid-free. In the fridge all your spice will go bad, lose their flavour really fast, and turn into unsavory clumps. Yuck!


This staple breakfast dish is one of our favourite ways to start the day and we bet you love it, too! There isn't a kid in this world who doesn't enjoy a bowl of cereal in the morning, paired with some milk or fresh fruit juice.

But how do you store this classic item? We certainly hope you keep it out of the fridge because cold and humidity make cereal go all damp and crunch-less. And you really don't want that to happen before you mix it with some milk or juice!

Some people like to store cereal in the fridge to keep the bugs away, but it's much easier just to put your cereal into an airtight container and keep it in a cool and dry place.

Keep Your Choco Away from the Fridge

Chocolate, when properly made, is a tender substance that is very temperature-sensitive. You leave it out in the open under the sun and it melts in a matter of seconds, but when you put in the fridge and hardens and become dry and flavourless.

So how do you store your chocolate for it to be actually yummy? It's best to keep it in a dry place with no direct sunlight - your pantry will do just fine. The temperature should be mild there, not too warm and too cold, either.

Chocolate is being melted and cooled down a few times while it's prepared from ground cacao beans with dry milk and other ingredients. Naturally, if you cool it down or melt once more it may get all messed up.

Nuts & Dry Fruits Should be Kept in a Dry Place

If you're one of those people who like to put everything in the fridge - just stop. When it comes to storing things that don't actually get spoiled when left out in the open it's always best just to let them be.

Nuts like dry places and they won't even mind a bit of sunlight as they can easily go damp if there's too much moisture in the air. Dry fruits can be kept in a cool place inside a container or a paper bag - it's always best when some air is getting inside.

Of course, if you aren't planning on eating your nuts in the nearest future, you can store them in the freezer, but their taste might worsen a bit after you take them out. It's always best just to eat them right away!

Tomatoes are Very Sensitive

Tomatoes are so delicious during hot summer days! You can make salads with them or prepare chilled tomato soup, as well as home-made sauce or ketchup. But how do you store this delicious vegetable?

It turns out if you put tomatoes in the fridge they may lost most of its flavour and can become all mushy. The texture of tomatoes is very sensitive to temperature fluctuations, so if you're planning on eating them soon - just store them somewhere in the open.

Tomatoes do ripen very fast, so if you want them to be stored for more than a week, keeping them in the fridge might be a wise solution.

Chill Your Berries, But Not Too Much

Berries are amazing all year round, but when it's the season for strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries we simply can't get enough of that fresh goodness. But storing them can be a little tricky...

Did you notice how berries can easily get spoiled while you're carrying them from the market and back to your home? Too much sunshine and warmth and you'll have a berry puree inside your basket.

Still, when you put them in the fridge, berries also get spoiled very fast - mold creeps in and they become all soggy and flavourless. The solution here? By them and eat them right away. You can also bake pies with them or store them in the freezer for some later use.

Warm Peanut Butter is the Best

Peanut  butter is amazing no matter how you look at it. That PB & J sandwich is an all-time favourite and a staple dish in many families. It just tastes so good!

But did you ever notice that when you take peanut butter out of the fridge it's rock solid and can't really be spread over a toast? Yes, that's an issue we've all encountered.

You'll be pleased to know that peanut butter doesn't need to be stored in the fridge and can be stored at a room temperature in your kitchen. Still, if you're having natural peanut butter, it may be smarter to keep it in the fridge as the oil can separate from the rest of the ingredients of the peanut butter and it can actually spoil if you leave it out in the open for too long.

Cucumbers Don't Go Well With Cold

We're so used to storing cucumbers in the fridge that we rarely even question whether it's the best way to keep them fresh. Well, it's not!

While cucumbers taste amazing when chill, storing them in the fridge will make them spoil much faster. Just keep them on your counter away from direct sunlight and they'll last much longer.

And if you still want to enjoy them cold, just put them in the fridge for a few hours before you make that delicious salad or green smoothie.

Pumpkins Au Naturel

When we think about pumpkins we immediately imagine the Halloween season with all the dressing up and trick-or-treating. While it's one of the most fun times of the year, most of us are left with an abundance of pumpkins that should be kept somewhere.

Don't even think of storing them in your fridge! Even if you have enough space, pumpkins spoil very fast in the cold temperatures.

But if you leave them in a cool and dry place they can last up to two months or more, depending on the size and type of the pumpkin. Just imagine how many Pumpkin Spice Lattes you can make with them!

Canned Tuna Has a Long Shelf Life

Tuna is a fish, so many people believe it must be kept in the fridge no matter what. Still, when we're talking about canned goods, their shelf life is quite long and even canned tuna can be kept in your pantry for up to 5 years.

Of course, we're talking about an unopened can, otherwise, you should definitely keep it in the fridge. An opened can of tuna will remain fresh in the fridge for up to 4 days.

So many yummy things can be prepared with tuna - tuna salad, tuna casserole, tuna pasta... We just love it so much! But make sure you store it properly so it doesn't spoil too fast.

Keep Your Onions Dry

Onions aren't very picky when it comes to storing them, but there are a few rules you should follow - just never put them in the fridge! That, and try to keep them as far from potatoes as possible.

Remarkably, potatoes can significantly speed up onions' ageing process, so it's best to keep them apart from each other. Both don't do well with cold, that's why you should keep them away from the fridge.

Chopped onions are a different matter and it would be wise to store them in the fridge in a tight container to prevent all that aroma from spreading all over the fridge. Cut onions can be stored for up to 7 days.

Vinegar is the #1 Preservative

It's not a secret that vinegar is used to create all kinds of yummy pickled goods. Whether it's pickled tomatoes or cucumbers, we all know that you can keep them in the pantry for ages and they won't spoil.

But what about vinegar itself? Well, being such a powerful preservative, it's nearly indestructible, but only if you keep it out of direct sunlight.

There's no need to store your bottle of vinegar in the fridge as it can perfectly preserve itself in your kitchen cupboard. Did you know that vinegar can also be used for cleaning up kitchen utensils and as a treatment for burns? It is truly an amazing liquid!

Treat Stone Fruits Properly

It's summertime and the markets are filled with nectarines, apricots, peaches, and plums. But how do you properly store all that delicious goodness?

Well, as with most fruit, the ones that have stones in them don't do very well with cold. If they aren't fully ripe yet, you can just leave them on the counter and they will become extremely yummy in just a few days.

But if you put them in the fridge their taste will spoil and they won't ripen at all. Make sure you eat all those fruits while they are still fresh!

Molasses Don't Do Good in the Fridge

With sweet things like honey and molasses, one might think that keeping them in the cold will be good, but that's not true. It will actually do them more harm than good!

It's best to keep molasses in an air-tight container and as it is already thick you really don't want to put it in the fridge because it will get rock-solid in the low temperatures.

Room temperature is the best when it comes to storing molasses. An opened jar of molasses can be stored for around 6 months, otherwise you can keep it in the pantry for up to a year.

Apples Aren't Very Friendly

Out of more than 7500 types of apples that exist in the world you'd think that at least some of them can be kept in the fridge, but nope. Sweet juicy apples taste amazing when they're cold, but it's best not to store them in the fridge for a long time.

Apples quickly lose their crispiness and even flavour when stored with other fruits and veggies, be it in a fridge or on the counter. Better put them in a bowl without mixing with other fruits and store them right on your kitchen table.

Apples may not be 'friendly' when it comes to other foods, but they certainly taste divine and nothing can change that!

Keep Your Mustard Out of the Cold

While most people store both ketchup and mustard in the fridge, this yummy condiment doesn't really require being stored in the cold. In fact, it can even become runny and change its taste if it stays in the fridge for too long!

Have you ever noticed how ketchup and mustard are stored in cafes? Most of the time they just stand on the tables so the customers can get them any time they want without bothering the waiters. Of course, if they spoiled quickly, restaurants would store them in the fridge with all other items.

So here's your hint! Mustard's high acidity levels allow it to stay yummy and fresh out of the fridge and it will probably look and taste better if you store it this way.

Rice is Very Simple

Rice is probably one of the most unpretentious foods on this list. You can prepare so many wonderful dishes with it - sticky rice, rice dumplings, sushi, rice pudding, burritos, tacos, and even curry.   But storing it is ridiculously easy!

Cooked rice should definitely be stored in the fridge as it doesn't stay fresh for long. Even in the fridge it will remain eatable for 3-5 days, and if you smell a strange odor or it starts looking weird, better throw it out.

Uncooked rice should be kept in an air-tight container to protect it from bugs and insects, but otherwise you can keep in your pantry. Its shelf life is almost endless!

Garlic Likes Dry Places

Garlic can be used to ward off evil eyes and vampires. It can be hung on the windows, placed in keyholes, and rubbed on chimneys, but the only thing you shouldn't be doing with them is putting them in the refrigerator.

Garlic remains fresh when it is stored outside, otherwise, it gets bad quickly. It gets rubbery because of the added moisture and its lifespan is decreased. Plus, sometimes mold also develops on it due to moisture.

Thus, it is best to keep garlic in a cool dry place where there is good air circulation. However, if you have already sliced it, better keep your garlic in an airtight container or paper bag and place it in a cool dry place.

Peppers Aren't Very Picky

Fresh yummy peppers are staple summer vegetables and they can easily be found in the market all year round. Peppers can be used to prepare delicious salads or various stir fries with vegetables or meat, adding that extra sweetness to the spicy meals.

But how do you store them? Just like with most fresh vegetables, it's best to keep your peppers out of the fridge. Peppers can stay fresh for a long period of time, although they will dry up quicker if you cut them.

Uncut peppers are nearly indestructible and you can easily keep them in a dry cool place with no direct sunlight. They will definitely stay fresh longer if you don't put them in the fridge!

You're in for a Surprise with Soy Sauce

We can't imagine any staple Asian dish without a hefty amount of soy sauce served on the side. Be it sushi, rice dumplings, or tempura, soy sauce is the ingredient that makes the whole dish complete.

But how do you store it? Soy sauce comes in handy bottles and you can simply keep the lid on and never worry about air getting into the bottle. But what you may not know is that soy sauce loses some of its falvour if you keep in the cold!

That's right. You might be using more soy sauce just because its flavour wears off in the fridge. It's best to keep it in the cupboard away from sunlight with its lid tightly shut. The sodium in soy sauce will keep it from spoiling and this way you will also enjoy its rich and falvourful taste.

Jam is Like Peanut Butter

And we're back to our most favourite snack of all time - PB&J. Previously we've established that you don't need to keep peanut butter in the fridge as cold will only solidify it to the point of no return, but what about the other ingredient of the famous sandwich - jam?

Jam is packed with sugar so you don't really need to keep in a cold place - just put it in your pantry or cupboard and you're good to go.

If you keep jam in the fridge it may actually change it consistency and become more watery and that's not something that goes well with your freshly made toast.

Honey is Simply Divine

Where do you find honey when you buy it? It's not in the refrigerator, right? Store honey in your pantry because refrigeration can crystallize it. Always avoid stashing it in your fridge, otherwise that yummy sweet product will harden up.

There are no benefits to keeping honey in your refrigerator, plus this food will never turn bad no matter where you store it.

The best way to store honey is by keeping it in its original jar or container in a cool dry spot away from sunlight.


Eggplants don't need to be in the fridge. Though they can remain in your pantry for a couple of days, they start losing flavour when you refrigerate them.

However, make sure you don't keep them in a place that's too hot, otherwise, they'll shrivel up. Eggplants are super sensitive to temperature and temperatures below 10 degrees Celsius can damage their flavor and texture.

To enjoy the luscious veggie, you must eat it as soon as you buy it.

Cookies And Baked Goods

Wait, do you really have leftover baked goods? If yes, don't keep them in the refrigerator. A refrigerator is the worst place for cookies and baked goods.

The moisture and temperature inside a refrigerator can meddle with the flavor, texture, and color of baked items. Furthermore, they become soggy inside the fridge and can stay fresher for long on the counter.

The best is to keep them in an air-tight container at room temperature and they will remain fresh for up to five days or more.

Ivanna Y

Published 5 years ago