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Seven Foods That Should Not Be Refrigerated

By Tiffany Thomas
Posted On May 19, 2016
Seven Foods That Should Not Be Refrigerated

It’s no secret that we often hastily run to the refrigerator in an attempt to preserve and maintain the quality of our food.

But what if I told you that there are probably items sitting in your fridge right now that have no business being there? The truth is, refrigerating certain foods can actually reduce the nutritional value as well as change the intended flavor.

While many foods thrive in a cooler temperature, there are a few that remain at their prime only in room temperature.

Not to worry, we’ve rounded up a list of seven of the top foods that should stay clear of the fridge.

  • Bread:

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While it’s fine to freeze your bread if you have extra loaves laying around, putting your bread in the fridge is a definite no-no. This will only cause your slices to dry out. Make sure to store your bread in a cool pantry or bread box for fresh slices every time.

  • Tomatoes:

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Tomatoes will only get mushy and soggy when stored in the fridge. Storing them on the counter top will work best. In order for them to ripen quickly, place them in a paper bag. After becoming ripe, tomatoes will last from three to four days.

  • Fruits:

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Generally, fruits do better when stored in room temperature. If you refrigerate fruits such as berries, bananas, apples, avocados, and citrus fruits, they will lose flavor and textures. If you prefer your fruits to be chilled, place the fruits in the refrigerator 30 minutes prior to eating them.

  • Salad Dressing:

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Vinegar and oil-based salad dressings should remain outside of your refrigerator. The same goes for ketchup and soy sauce due to the vinegar and preservatives in them. However, salad dressings based on yogurt, mayonnaise, or cream should be left in the fridge.


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Honey should be placed outside of direct sunlight and in room temperature. If placed in the fridge, the honey will harden.

  • Potatoes:

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Refrigerating potatoes will only reduce their flavor. For best results, store potatoes on the counter or pantry in paper bags. When stored in plastic bags, it sucks out the moisture and causes a speedy decay. If stored correctly, your potatoes should last up to three weeks.

  • Onions:

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Similarly to potatoes, it’s best to store onions in a cool, dark place inside a paper bag. However, be sure to keep it away from potatoes because potatoes can release moisture and gases that case onions to spoil.

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