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Food Items that should not be Refrigerated

For most food items it is advised to refrigerate to make them last longer.  However, there are some items that should not be refrigerated. 

Many fruits and vegetables will last longer when refrigerated but some vegetables that should not be kept in the refrigerator are potatoes, tomatoes, onions, garlic and winter squash.  Potatoes keep best if stored in paper bags and should last about three weeks.  Many times potatoes are sold in plastic bags, but these can trap moisture and speed decay.

Onions are stored best in the mesh bag they are sold in which allows for air circulation.  They should not be stored near potatoes.  Potatoes emit moisture and gases that can cause onions to rot.

Garlic should be stored loose to air can move around it.  It should last up to two month in the pantry.

You may think tomatoes should be refrigerated but they can get mealy in the fridge.  They are stored best on the counter out of plastic bags.  They can be stored in a paper bag to speed up ripening.  Once ripe, they will last for about three days. 

You may have heard to store coffee in the fridge or freezer but it can create condensation that can affect the flavor of ground coffee of coffee beans.

Bread and baked goods are kept best at room temperature, since it dries out faster in the refrigerator.  If you have more than you will eat within four days, the extra can be stored in the freezer to use later.  Some people do not care for the taste of bread that has been frozen.

Oils will thicken up and get cloudy in the fridge. If they are refrigerated they will need to be set out to become thin again and the cloudiness will dissipate.  Nut oils must be refrigerated, but others do not need to be refrigerated. 

Most people store bananas outside the fridge.  If you do refrigerate them, the skins will turn black, but the insides will be alright to use.  Apples do not need to be refrigerated, unless you like really cold apples.

Some people refrigerate honey, which makes it thicken up considerably and is harder to use.  It doesn’t need to be refrigerated.  Honey has unique composition and chemical properties which allows for long-term storage without refrigeration.

Even though many foods last longer n the fridge, there are some that should not be kept in the fridge.