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💅 15 Things You Should Not Refrigerate 🍎

Posted by on Dec. 7, 2013 at 12:40 AM
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We all use our refrigerators to prolong the life of our food, but for certain food, refrigerating them is not always the best thing to do.

Some fruits, vegetables and sauces will spoil quicker, loose their taste and become useless if kept cold. This fantastic list will show you what is best kept away from the fridge and how to store it correctly. Give your food a fighting chance and make it last for longer.


Hot Sauce
It can live happily in the pantry for up to three years and this includes Tabasco and Frank's Red Hot sauce. You can also include 
WorchestershireHeinz 57Soy Sauce and Sriracha as all non-refrigerated items!

The refrigeration effects the flavor of all potatoes and that includes all kinds; white, baking, red, purple, fingerling etc. Store in dry pantry in a paper bag. Plastic bags promote moisture and mold.

The refrigerator dries out bread very quickly. Keep what you will eat within 4 days in a dry pantry at room temperature and freeze the rest. 

Try to keep in their original mesh bag or any other that allows circulation and keep in the pantry. Keep away from potatoes which causes onions to rot. 

Refrigeration kills the flavor of tomatoes and causes them to be mealy. Keep them out of plastic bags. To ripen faster store in paper bag. 

Avocados should not be refrigerated until they are ripe. Once ripe, they can be kept refrigerated for up to a week. If you are refrigerating a whole avocado, it is best to keep it whole and not slice it in order to avoid browning that occurs when the flesh is exposed to air.

Surprisingly to me, you should not refrigerate or freeze coffee because it causes condensation and changes the flavor. Goes for beans and grounds. Keep in airtight container in pantry. 

It will last in the pantry for two months. Refrigerating garlic can reduce the flavor and actually cause mold. Store loose and once head is broken should use within 10 days. However, you can put minced garlic in the fridge as long as used as soon as possible. 

Placing honey in the refrigerator will thicken and crystallize the honey. Honey is all-natural and can stay good almost indefinitely in the pantry. 

Winter Squashes
Any type of winter squash from acorn, butternut, spaghetti squash will taste better and last about a month or more in the pantry. 

Keep whole melons on the counter to achieve the best flavor. Research has found that storing at room temp helps to keep antioxidants better intact. Once cut you can store in the fridge for 3-4 days. 

Oils get thick and cloudy when you place them in the refrigerator. The only oils that must be refrigerated are nut oils. Otherwise keep them in the pantry. 

Certain fruits like apples, berries, peaches, apricots and nectarines should be placed on the counter until ripe. It can change the flavor of the fruit so that it is not as flavorful if refrigerated.


It is a common myth that you should store batteries in the refrigerator, but extreme heat or extreme cold actually diminishes their performance. 

Nail Polish
The only thing that refrigerating nail polish does is thicken it and change the chemicals. Keep at room temperature and away from direct sunlight.

Looks like I need to take some things out of my refrigerator. I alway refrigerate my apples, watermelons, tomatoes, onions, & hot sauce.

Makes me wonder if I should have my ketchup & syrup in the refrigerator.. O.o

& who put nail polish and batteries in the refrigerator, I never heard of that..
by on Dec. 7, 2013 at 12:40 AM
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by on Dec. 7, 2013 at 12:43 AM
Lol my mil puts everything in the fridge perfumes, nail polish, EVERYTHING
by Gina on Dec. 7, 2013 at 12:44 AM
I suppose I should take my coffee out. Good to know.
My mom kept batteries in the fridge but she doesn't now, lol.
by Ruby Member on Dec. 7, 2013 at 12:45 AM
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I absolutely love cold fruit. Can't help it. Sometimes I freeze it so it's like a fruit Popsicle. :) 

by Sweetness on Dec. 7, 2013 at 12:46 AM
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Thanks for posting :-) Great information.
by Gold Member on Dec. 7, 2013 at 12:47 AM
I knew about the cold diminishing battery life since I was a kid but I don't remember how I know.
by on Dec. 7, 2013 at 12:49 AM
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DH & I literally laughed out loud at the perfumes being in the fridge.. That's different! 

Quoting PuddinPop4: Lol my mil puts everything in the fridge perfumes, nail polish, EVERYTHING


by Kaylee on Dec. 7, 2013 at 12:49 AM
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Syrup, no.
Ketchup, yes.

(I think)
by BS Intolerant on Dec. 7, 2013 at 12:50 AM
I don't keep any of that in the fridge...
by Platinum Member on Dec. 7, 2013 at 12:51 AM
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 I'll continue to put this stuff in my fridge, well except the honey, batteries and oils (I don't put those in there anyway). But good post! :)

by on Dec. 7, 2013 at 12:51 AM
I've never heard of putting half of those things in the fridge. The only thing on that list I put in the fridge is soy sauce. It tastes better cold.
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