10 food items you should never refrigerate

Nov 16, 2023

By: Ayush Mehrotra and Shagun Chaudhary


Refrigeration can alter the texture and taste of tomatoes. Storing them at room temperature helps them retain their flavor and ripen properly.

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Cold temperatures can turn the starches in potatoes into sugars, affecting their taste and texture. Store them in a cool, dark, and well-ventilated place instead.

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Onions can become moldy and soft in the refrigerator due to increased moisture. Keep them in a dry, cool place with good air circulation.

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Storing garlic in the fridge can cause it to sprout and become rubbery. It's best to store garlic in a dry, dark place with good ventilation.

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Honey can crystallize and become thicker when refrigerated. It keeps well at room temperature in a sealed container.

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Refrigeration can make bread go stale faster. Instead, store bread in a cool, dry place or freeze it to maintain freshness.

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If avocados are unripe, keep them at room temperature to ripen. Once ripe, they can be refrigerated to slow down the ripening process, but this can affect their texture.

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Whole melons like watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew should not be refrigerated before they are cut. Once cut, they can be refrigerated in an airtight container.

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Coffee can absorb moisture and odors from the fridge, affecting its flavor. It's best to store coffee beans or grounds in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.

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Certain Condiments

Items like hot sauce, ketchup, and mustard are often preserved with vinegar or salt and can be safely stored at room temperature. However, always check the labels for specific storage instructions.

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