21 Foods That Should Never Be Placed In The Refrigerator


It is only natural for us to want to preserve and protect the food we buy. With this in mind, we always think that the best way to do so is to put them in our refrigerators. However, there are certain foods that should never be placed in the refrigerator. Below we have compiled a comprehensive list of these foods. The results may surprise you.

1- Banana, don’t put them in the fridge.

Because they keep nutrients better outside the refrigerator, bananas should never be placed inside the refrigerator. Bananas are best kept outdoors until they ripen. Cold temperatures actually slow down the ripening process of bananas.


2- Potatoes


The potatoes should be placed in a cool, dry and dark place. Because of the cold temperatures in the refrigerator, starch can turn into sugar more quickly. Because of this, it is best to keep them outside the fridge. It is also recommended that the potatoes be removed from the plastic or paper bags in which they may have been placed. In addition, keep them unwashed, in a well-ventilated cardboard box.

3- Onions

Placing your onions inside your refrigerator will eventually make them moldy and sweet. Peeled onions should be kept out of the plastic bag or refrigerator. One reason for this is that peeled onions should be exposed to air for maximum shelf life. If you have a well-peeled onion, then you should keep it in the refrigerator in a covered container.


4- Avocados

If you bought an avocado that is not ripening, you should not put it in your refrigerator. Since they will need time to ripen, keeping them in the cold will block them and prevent this process. Also, you should only place the avocado in your refrigerator if it is already ripe and you do not want to eat it right away.

5- Garlic

Believe it or not, garlic can germinate when placed in your refrigerator. The garlic will also be moldy and even rubbery. Also, inside your refrigerator, the appearance of the garlic will rarely change. This means that you won’t be able to tell if it’s any good until you slice it.

6- Bread

Nothing dries out faster than the bread in your refrigerator. If you have made sandwiches with the bread, then you can put them in the refrigerator. The cold temperature will make the bread hard and rubbery. In addition, the bread will become stale.


7- Coffee

Because ground coffee and beans require cool, dry, dark places to keep their flavor and freshness, the refrigerator is not the best place for them. Coffee and beans also need an airtight container. If you have large amounts of coffee that you won’t be able to use right away, then you can freeze them. Be sure to pack the coffee in airtight bags.

8- Tomatoes

Putting tomatoes in the refrigerator makes them lose all their flavor. In addition, the cold air in the cooler stops the ripening process. Ripening is what gives each tomato more taste and flavor. Also, the cold temperature in the refrigerator will change the texture of the tomatoes. Finally, according to Le Food and Cooking Harold McGee, cold breaks down the membranes in the walls of the fruit. For best results, keep tomatoes inside a basket or bowl.

9- Honey

As long as you keep it in a well-sealed place, the honey will almost always stay good. Therefore, storing it in your refrigerator makes no sense. Honey is a food that keeps naturally so it does not need any help from us. Ironically enough, placing honey in your refrigerator will actually speed up the sugar crystallization process. As a result, the honey will take on an almost pasty form. As a result, it will become harder and almost more edible.


10- Watermelons

If you have not cut your melons, then there is no point in placing them in your refrigerator. Research has shown that storing melons at room temperature will maintain antioxidant levels. In addition, melons lose some of their beta-carotene content. Keep in mind, however, that the research was conducted on whole melons. Sliced melons can be placed in a refrigerator, but must be covered.

11- Pumpkin

Pumpkins should never be placed inside a refrigerator. Pumpkins should be placed in a well-ventilated area. The location should also be dark, cool and dry. Lower shelves are perfect places for pumpkins.

12- Olive oil

If you store olive oil in a refrigerator, it will condense, so it should never be placed in a fridge. Instead, put the olive oil in a dark, cool place. Otherwise, your olive oil may have a density similar to butter.


13- Basil

Refrigeration will cause the basil to wilted much faster than normal. Basil can absorb odors from other foods near it. Treat your basil the same way you would treat flowers. Keep it out of your refrigerator and let it sit in a cup of freshwater. Blanch it first and then freeze it.

14- Kiwi, apricots, mangoes…

Kiwifruit, apricots, mangoes, plums, and peaches can also lose their nutrients if placed in a refrigerator. To prevent cold temperatures in the refrigerator from breaking the membranes of the fruit, place them in a cool, dry place.

15- Pickle

Pickles are often found in refrigerators, but just so you know, leave them out of your refrigerator and give your fridge more space. You should know that pickles contain preservatives. For example, I have tasted old pickles that have been kept out of our refrigerator for 3 years; I did not get any smell or taste from tasting them. It should also be noted that some foods are preserved using pickles. These are used as preservatives, you should not worry about storing them without refrigeration.

16- Eggs

It is a long debate whether you should keep eggs inside your refrigerator or not. One study suggests that keeping eggs in a refrigerator or not does not change their normal properties, so you can keep them at room temperature. Another study shows that keeping eggs inside the refrigerator spoils their natural taste and flavor, so it is best to keep eggs outside your refrigerator.


17- Salads

Salads made with oil or vinegar remain edible for a long period of time without refrigeration. In addition, the refrigeration of salad dressings makes them smell bad. Keep in mind that salads that are made with mayonnaise or yogurt need to be refrigerated to keep them good. So if you have a salad that has already been seasoned, keep it out of your refrigerator.

18- Lemons and Oranges

Cold damage is common for fruits filled with citric acids such as oranges or lemons. These citrus fruits need a natural temperature for ripening. So keep them out of your refrigerator so as not to interfere with this process. You will also see some spots and dull skin on these types of fruit if they are kept in the refrigerator.


19- Cucumber

Cucumbers like room temperature, so the refrigerator is not a good place to keep them. You will often see that its skin is damaged if you take it out of your refrigerator. Cool temperatures speed up the decomposition of the cucumber’s skin, so find a cool, dry place at room temperature for your cucumber.

20- Carrots

Refrigerated carrots can give you a shocking experience of rotten carrots filled with water within a few days. However, carrots should not be stored in the dark, away from sunlight. Keeping them in a place with high humidity will cause them to rot quickly.

21- Cheese

Most people think that because cheese is mostly milk, it should be refrigerated. However, when it is an old cheese, this is not always the case. Cheeses such as Gouda, Cheddar or Gruyère are just a few of the many pieces of cheese that fit into this category. The difference between these cheeses and others is that they are processed. This ripening process normally takes about 6 months or more. Cheeses that are older tend to be harder and firmer in texture. Another important factor is that they will eventually harden faster than normal. Keeping them at room temperature really allows you to enjoy them longer. Be sure to avoid placing them in places that are too hot. The heat will make the cheese softer. Don’t forget to wrap your cheeses properly to protect them from moisture.