7 Foods You Should Never Refrigerate

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The best way to make sure you don’t waste food in your kitchen is to ensure that you’re storing it properly. Improper storage will cause the food that you spent your hard-earned money to spoil and go to waste.

But “proper” storage doesn’t always mean putting your food into the fridge. Not all foods can and should be refrigerated, despite what we might assume! In fact, some foods will actually spoil faster in the fridge.

That being said, make sure that you keep these 7 foods out of the fridge at all costs:

1. Tomatoes

The cold air in the fridge actually stops the ripening process, making tomatoes lose all of their yummy flavors. Keep these fruits out in a bowl or basket for the best quality.

2. Basil

Basil will wilt faster if it’s kept in the fridge. It will keep for much longer if you have it sitting out in a fresh cup of water (like cut flowers). You could also blanch it and freeze it if you want it to keep for longer.

3. Potatoes (and Sweet Potatoes)

Cold temperatures will turn starch into sugar more quickly, so your potatoes in the fridge will be sweet and gritty. Try storing them instead in a paper bag in a cool (not cold) place, like inside your pantry.

4. Onions

Keeping these in the fridge will turn them soft and moldy. Store them instead in a cool, dry place. Just make sure you keep them separate from potatoes as both will deteriorate more quickly when stored together.

5. Garlic

Garlic will start to sprout in the fridge and it may also get rubbery and moldy. So keep it instead in a cool, dry place so it stays fresh.

6. Coffee

Not only will coffee start to lose its flavor in the fridge; it will actually start to take on some of the odors in your fridge. So you should store it in a cool, dark place where it can retain its flavor and freshness. If you’ve bought coffee in bulk, however, you can store larger quantities in the freezer.

7. Honey

Since honey lasts pretty much forever if it’s sealed, there’s no need to keep it in the fridge. Also, keeping it in the fridge will cause it to start crystalizing eventually, you don’t want that!

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