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Home Health EXTRA: 18 things you shouldn’t keep in the fridge -Most of them will surprise you!
EXTRA: 18 things you shouldn’t keep in the fridge -Most of them will surprise you!

EXTRA: 18 things you shouldn’t keep in the fridge -Most of them will surprise you!


There are probably many things in your fridge that don’t need to be there. Storing these items — which should ordinarily be stored at room temperature — in the refrigerator can decrease their taste and quality. According to, you should remove the following items from your fridge so as to free up space and improve their taste and quality:

1*.Hot sauce: This can still stay fresh for up to three years without refrigeration, even after opening it.

2*.Potatoes: They should be stored in paper bags in cool, dry stores. Putting them in the fridge can make them taste funny and rot faster.

3*.Onions: They do best in dry, ventilated areas. Keep them away from potatoes, though. These tubers can make onions rot faster.

4*.Garlic: Like onions, garlic is just fine in a dry, ventilated area of the store.

5*.Bread: Bread is best when kept at room temperature in a sealed plastic bag. Storing bread in the fridge speeds up the dehydration process and makes it go stale faster.

6*.Tomatoes: Storing tomatoes in the fridge can alter their flavour and make them rot faster. Keeping them on the counter in a bowl is your best bet.

7*.Coffee: Keep coffee out of the fridge and put in a dry, airtight container in the cupboard.

8*.Honey: Honey is the only food that doesn’t spoil and doesn’t need to be refrigerated.

9*.Cake: Most cakes don’t need refrigeration. If it’s unfrosted or has a buttercream or ganache frosting, it’s fine to store it in an airtight container for around three days.

10*.Uncut melons: They do best on the counter or in a dry store.

11*.Bananas: Unripe ones should be hung on a banana hook on the counter to ripen. However, ripe ones can be stored in the fridge or freezer to prevent further ripening.

12*.Peanut butter: This doesn’t need to be refrigerated and can be kept in the cabinet for months, unless it’s organic.

13*.Cooking oil: This can be kept in the store, with the exception of nut oils.

14*.Apples, peaches, nectarines and pears: They can be kept in a basket in your store. They will last for about a week.

15*.Rice: You only need to be keep it in the fridge if it’s cooked. Dry rice can be stored in canisters or plastic bags in the store for years. If it’s stored in an airtight container, white rice can last between eight and 10 years. Brown rice can last for up to two years.

16*.Dried beans: Like rice, dried beans don’t need to be refrigerated. In fact, the moisture in the refrigerator can make beans grow sprouts.

17*.Make-up: Are you among those women who store their make-up in the fridge? You’re doing it wrong. Make-up are made to be be stored at room temperature. Cold temperatures can destabilise their chemical compositions and make them look awful.

18*.Pepper: Peppers, both spicy and mild, don’t need to go in the fridge. They taste much better when stored in an openair in a basket on your counter.

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