29 Foods to Never Put in the Refrigerator


It is natural for us all to save and protect the food we buy. With this in mind, we always think that the best way is to put them in our refrigerator. However, some foods should never be placed in the refrigerator. Below, we have a list of 15 foods that will never be placed in the refrigerator. Results and certain entries may surprise you.


Bananas – theregister.co.uk

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Because they retain better nutrition outside the fridge, bananas should not be placed in the fridge. According to the Canadian Agricultural Marketing Association, bananas are best kept on the counter until they mature. Cold temperatures actually slow down the ripening process of bananas.


Seed Potatoes – swincarnurseries.co.uk

Potato growers in Alberta, Prov. agree; Potatoes should be placed in a cool, dry and dark place. Because of the low temperature of the refrigerator, it can turn starch into sugar more quickly. Therefore, it is best to put the child there. It is also recommended that the potato be removed from a possible plastic bag or paper bag. In addition, keep them in a washable state, as well as in a well-ventilated cardboard box.


Onions – therenegadepharmacist.com/

Placing your onions inside your refrigerator will eventually end up turning them moldy and soft. According to the National Onion Association in the U.S, unpeeled onions should be kept out of plastic bags and fridge. One of the reasons for this is because unpeeled onions require and need air exposure for maximum life. If you have peeled an onion though, then you should keep it in the fridge, in a covered container.


Avocados – authoritynutrition.com

If you purchased an avocado that’s not ripen, you should not place it in your refrigerator. Since they will need time to ripen, keeping in the cold cooler will deter and impede that process. Also, placing the avocado in your fridge should only be done if the avocado is already ripe and you won’t use it right away.

Garlic :

Garlic – bbcgoodfood.com

Believe it or not, placing garlic in your refrigerator will actually cause it to sprout. The garlic will also get moldy and even rubbery. Moreover, inside your fridge, the look of the garlic will rarely change. This means you won’t be able to tell if it’s any good until you finally slice it open.


Lets take a look at bread. – azhariahkamin.com

Nothing dries out bread faster than your refrigerator. In the event that you have made sandwiches with the bread, then you can place them in the fridge. The cold temperature will make the bread tough and chewy. Furthermore, the coldness tends to make the bread turn stale and harder, at a faster pace.


Cup of coffee – drterlep.com

Since both ground coffee and beans require cool, dry and dark spots to retain their flavor & freshness, the fridge is not the place for them. Coffee and beans also need an airtight container. If you have large amounts of coffee that you won’t use right away, then you can freeze it. Just make sure to wrap the coffee in airtight bags. This way, you can store it for up to a month in your refrigerator.


Flavorite Pre-Pack Tomatoes on the Vine – flavoritetomatoes.com.au

We all love tomatoes for their taste. But putting them in the refrigerator will cause them to lose all of their flavour. Plus, the cold air in the cooler stops the ripening process as well. And as we all know, ripening is what gives every tomato more taste and flavor. The cold temperature of the fridge will alter the texture of the tomatoes as well. Lastly, coldness breaks down the membranes within the fruit walls, according to Harold McGee’s On Food and Cooking. For best results, keep tomatoes out, and inside a basket or a bowl on your counter.


Honey – fairtradeusa.org

Providing that you keep it in a tightly sealed place, honey will stay good almost forever. Therefore, storing it in your cooler doesn’t make sense. Honey, is a naturally preserved food so it needs no help from us. Ironically enough, placing honey in your refrigerator will in fact speed up the sugar crystallization process. The result of that will be the honey becoming almost dough-like, in form. Thus, making it harder or nearly impossible to scoop or use.


Melons – georgeperry.co.uk

If you haven’t opened your melons, then there’s no need to place them in your fridge. Research has demonstrated that storing melons in room temperatures, will in effect, keep the antioxidants levels the same. The studies were done by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Also, melons lost some of their beta-carotene content as well. Keep in mind though, that the research pertained to whole melons. Sliced melons can be placed in the fridge, but should be covered.


Pumpkin recipes – sheknows.com

Charlie Brown loves his pumpkins. But he should never place them inside of a fridge, and neither should you. Pumpkins need to be placed in a well ventilated area. The location also needs to be dark, cool and dry. Basements, are perfect spots for pumpkins, according to the CPMA.

Olive Oil: 

Olive oil – naturallycurly.com

Since storing olive oil in a fridge will turn it harder and make it condensed, it should never be placed there. Instead, put the olive oil in dark, cool place. Otherwise, you risk turning your olive oil into a butter-like density.


Basil – healthline.com

The refrigeration cold will wilt basil a lot faster than normal. Also, basil can and will absorb any of the smells from other foods near it. Treat your basil in the same manner you would treat flowers. For best results, keep it outside of your fridge and let it sit in a cup of freshwater. Martha stewart tells us that if you want to store basil for longer periods of time, blanch it first, then freeze it.

Fruits like: Apricots, Kiwi, Peaches, Plums and Mangoes:

Plum Health Benefits – naturalfoodbenefits.com

Just like tomatoes and other foods placed in refrigerators have their ripening process stopped, the same goes for these fruits. Kiwi, apricots, mangoes, plums and peaches can also lose their nutrients if placed in a cooler. To avoid the cold temperatures of the fridge breaking down the membranes of the fruits, place them in a dry, cool place such as your counter.

Peanut Butter:

Nuts and peanuts – sciencedaily.com

Nothing goes better with peanut butter than jelly. However, unlike most jams, peanut butter should be kept out of the refrigerator. Placing it inside your fridge, can eventually turn the PB hard and dry. Instead, keep the peanut butter in a cool, dark and dry place, such as your cupboard. This will keep the peanut butter smooth, soft and ready for spreading.


Pickles – reddit.com

Pickle is often found in refrigerators, but for your kind information leave them outside of your fridge and give your fridge some free space. You should know that pickles are high on preservatives and I have tasted 3-year old pickles that were kept outside of our fridge. Truly speaking, I did not get any odor or distaste from them while chewing. It should be also noted that some foods are preserved with the help of pickles, so as pickles used as preservatives, you should not worry about its preservation without refrigeration.



It is a long debate whether you should keep eggs inside your refrigerator or not. One study suggests that keeping eggs whether in a refrigerator or not does not change their normal properties, so it can be said that if you keep eggs at room temperature, there should not be any problem. There is another study that reveals that keeping eggs inside the refrigerators spoil the natural taste and flavor of eggs, so it is wise to keep eggs outside of your fridge.



Oil or vinegar based salad is capable of being okay for long period of time without refrigeration. Moreover, refrigeration of salad dressings brings bad smell to them. Keep in mind that there are some salads that are mayo or yogurt based should be refrigerated in order to keep them fine. So if you have some salad that has been already dressed, you can keep them away from your fridge without any hesitation.


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Having bacteria deterring acids is a boon for ketchup as you can expect to be okay with your ketchup up to more than years without refrigeration. The preservatives used in ketchup are very helpful in maintaining the quality of it for many days even after opening it. So if you have already opened a ketchup bottle and tensed with its decaying, then you will not have to worry anymore.



Many people keep their canned tuna in their refrigerator, but they should know that as long as the pack of the tuna fish is sealed, it is safe to keep it at room temperature without causing any damage. Canned tuna has a lot of preservatives which makes it completely fine to keep in the kitchen cupboard rather than in the fridge. Also the taste is better at room temperature rather than having it completely cold.

Citrus Fruits


Chill damage is a common effect of cold temperature to the fruits filled up with citric acid like oranges or lemons. These citrus fruits need natural temperature for ripening, so keeping them inside the refrigerators hampers this process. You will also see some spots as well as dull skin on these types of fruits if kept in the refrigerators.



Cucumber enjoys room temperature, so fridge is not a suitable place for preserving it. You will often see damaged skin on cucumber after bringing out of refrigerator. In fact, cool temperature speeds up the decaying of cucumber’s skin, so find a dry and cool place at room temperature for your cucumber and be worry-free with it for a few days.



Like cucumber, the same thing can be applied for carrot. Refrigerating carrots can give you a shocking experience with rotted, water filled carrots within a few days. However carrots do need to be stored in darkness, away from sunlight. Keeping them in a place with high moisture will result in getting spoiled sooner.



It is very usual to see that chocolates are kept inside the refrigerators. You can keep those types of chocolates inside your fridge that are very much prone to diluting due to hot temperature, but most chocolates do not need refrigeration. You can also experience different taste of a chocolate after keeping it in the fridge. So never go for refrigeration for your chocolates unless you notice a huge change in its solid state. If some chocolates become liquid for excessive heat, then you can keep them in your fridge for making solid again.



Never be tensed with your cereal as you do not have to put it in the refrigerator in order to keep them fresh. It can be okay without refrigeration. Again, the moisture in the fridge and the low temperature can spoil their texture and make cereal less crunchy.



Whether you keep flour inside your fridge or not, it has no effect on the flour. So it is up to you whether you want to jam-packed your refrigerator with more foods or not! Never be foolish by making your fridge crowded with unnecessary food items. Flour remains quite okay and fresh if you just keep it in an airtight container. Always select a place for keeping flour. Make sure that the container used for keeping flour is well-dried.



It is a myth that people believe that keeping pepper in the refrigerators preserves them, but in really after keeping them inside the refrigerators, their colors become dull. So red, yellow or green whatever the color of the pepper is, it is safe to say that you can keep them in a dry and cool place. You can also add chili peppers in this group for keeping outside of your refrigerator.



Jam is made with excessive amount of preservatives and for this reason you can preserve jam without keeping it inside your refrigerator. Many people never understand this and they must tend to put their jam after opening the container in their refrigerators, but you can even preserve your opened jam outside of your fridge for many days. You may experience some water inside the jam’s pot, but it is not for keeping the jam outside of your fridge. When you take jam out of the pot, make sure that you are not mixing up any other foods with the jam kept inside the container. Mixing up with other foods and keeping the mixed foods inside a jam container may sometimes cause fast damage of its taste as well as consistency.



It is not hard to see that some people keep spices in their refrigerators. This act has no value as ground spices can be preserved for a long time without any refrigeration. So you should not fill up the valuable space of your refrigerator with ground spices, rather keep them in the pantry and be relaxed.
If you are still skeptical about safety of your spices without refrigeration, then you can look at the stores where spices are kept at room temperature and these last for many months, even years. So do not be worried about spices if they are left in your pantry.