8 Foods You Should Not Refrigerate


Despite what you may have been told, storing things in the fridge does not necessarily make them last longer.

There are some foods that last longer and taste better at room temperature.

Let’s take a look at 8 food items you shouldn’t be keeping in the fridge:

1. Potatoes

Potatoes and fridges do not go well together. Refrigeration affects their flavour and so too can storing them in plastic (as well as trapping moisture and speeding decay). Store potatoes in paper bags in the pantry, most varieties will last like this for 3 weeks.

2. Bread

You can certainly freeze bread, but if it’s fresh, don’t store it in the fridge. It will quickly dry out in the dry and cold conditions. Instead, store it in a bread basket or paper bag at room temperature for about 4 days.

3. Hot sauce

Hot sauce shouldn’t be cold, it should be…hot.

Hot chilli sauces will happily last in the pantry for up to 3 years.

4. Onion

Storing onions in the fridge can speed up their decay; they’re much happier at room temperature in their original mesh bag or any bag or bowl that allows for ventilation.

Don’t be tempted to throw them in with your potatoes though, they emit moisture and gases that cause onions to rot.

5. Garlic

Just like onions, garlic prefer to be at room temperature with lots of ventilation. Keep bulbs away from sunlight and moisture as this will cause them to sprout.

6. Tomatoes

Storing tomatoes in the fridge can make them turn mealy. Instead, take them out of their plastic bag and leave them the counter. Once ripe, they’ll last for about three days.

7. Coffee

Both the fridge and the freezer create condensation, which adversely affects the flavour of coffee beans and grounds. It’s much better to store coffee in an airtight container in the pantry.

8. Whole pumpkins and squash

Cut pumpkin and squash should be kept in the fridge, but it’s not a good idea to store whole gourds in the refrigerator. They’ll last for a month or more in the pantry.


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