Do you ever feel like your fridge seems to be getting smaller and smaller? Well, it’s probably because you’re putting things in there that you shouldn’t. Many Americans make the mistake of putting everything they get from the grocery store into the fridge, not knowing that it will actually kill the flavor of many foods.
By removing these items from your fridge, you not only free up space, but you also improve the taste and quality of the items that should be stored at room temperature.
Potatoes don’t like being cold. It turns their starches into sugar, which will ruin their flavor. Instead, keep potatoes in a cool, dry place for maximum flavor.
Pickles don’t need to be refrigerated because they are in so much sodium and brine. They’re already preserved, so you can go ahead and keep this item in the pantry to free up some valuable refrigerator space.
Storing oils in a fridge will cause them to harden and lose their smoothness. It’s best to keep oils in a cupboard on or the countertop. Note: Nut oils should be refrigerated.
This is one set of veggies you don’t need to toss into the crisper. If the pepper hasn’t been cut open yet, it doesn’t need to be refrigerated. They’ll last quite a few days in a produce bowl on the kitchen counter.
Fruits need air and sunshine just as much as plants do! Give them some natural light to ripen so they can be as sweet and juicy as possible. Especially stone fruits.
Bread is best kept at room temperature in a sealed plastic bag. Storing bread in the fridge actually speeds up the dehydration process, making the bread go stale faster. So, stop wasting money and keep it in a bread box or in the pantry.
Peanut butter doesn’t need to be refrigerated at all. It can be kept in the cabinet for months without spoiling, unless it’s organic. Check for instructions on the label if you’re unsure.
Why: The cold temperature of the refrigerator will make garlic lose its flavor. Not to mention, your entire fridge will smell like garlic. No one wants flavorless garlic and a stinky fridge!
While you should keep coffee beans cool, don’t keep them in the fridge! It will create moisture, which will turn your beans bad and cause them to lose their taste. And the last thing you need to start your day is bland coffee. Store it in a tightly-sealed container to retain flavor.
Storing honey in the refrigerator will make it crystalize and hard. Don’t ruin your honey by leaving it in the fridge and instead, keep it in the pantry. It has a longer shelf life than you think.
You know that shelf in your fridge where you store all your hot sauces? You shouldn’t be doing that. The cold weakens the flavor of hot sauces, which is the whole point of them. It also changes the viscosity, which makes it more difficult to pour.
Chill kills. Keeping spices in the fridge will kill their flavor, which is kinda the whole point of spices. Instead, get a spice rack that hangs on your kitchen wall or dedicate a drawer or cupboard for all of your spices.
Refrigerating tomatoes will actually turn them mushy and ruin their natural flavor. That’s the last thing you want! So, make sure you have firm, ripe tomatoes by storing them in a produce bowl outside of the fridge.
Many people store their basil in the fridge, believing that it will help preserve their flavor. In reality, it is the exact opposite. The cold actually kills the flavor. For maximum freshness, keep your basil in water and change the water every 3 days.
Is your avocado not ripening fast enough? That’s because it’s in the fridge. Putting an unripe avocado on the counter is a much more effective idea. It will ripen so much faster! But if you really want to speed up the process, then put it in a paper bag with a banana or apple.
Take note this is for whole melons, i.e. before you start cutting them. Refrigerating whole melons will cause them to lose their antioxidants, which are one of the biggest health benefits. Keep these outside of the fridge for healthy melons. If you’ve already cut them, however, put them in a tupperware and store in the fridge.
Keep apples on your countertop instead of the fridge to keep them crisp and flavorful. Once again, the cold refrigerator temperature will zap them of flavor and give them a less-than-appealing texture.
Only store rice in the fridge if it’s cooked. Dry rice can last in canisters or plastic bags for years without issue. Free up some valuable real estate in your fridge by keeping it in your pantry or cupboard instead.
While makeup doesn’t technically count as food, it’s often seen in many fridges. Some cosmetics are better stored in cool environments, but be sure you read the label. Most makeup is meant to be stored at room temperature.
Storing baked goods will actually cause them to go stale. Counter-intuitive right? Keep food like bread and cookies outside to maintain their freshness. But, let’s get real–those cookies won’t last long anyway because they’ll get snatched up in no time.
Never keep dried beans in the fridge as it will take all the flavor away. It can also cause the beans to start sprouting and you definitely don’t want a garden in your fridge! Keep dried beans in the same place you store your rice.
Much like pickles, soy sauce doesn’t need to be refrigerated because of the sodium content. Soy sauce can last for up to 3 years as long as the bottle is unopened. Once open, it can still last for about a year or two.
Trust me, you do NOT want to leave your berries in the fridge. These fruits have a limited lifespan once they are plucked from the field, and putting them in the fridge will only cause them to go bad faster. It will even increase your chances of finding mold.
Nuts are not meant to be stored in a fridge. They do well in a dark, cool place, but it doesn’t need to be too chilly. Your cupboard or pantry is just fine.
Some dressings, such as vinaigrettes, do not need to go in the fridge. They are best stored at room temperature so that they will taste and mix better. Keep them in your cupboard until you use them again. Other dressings that have cream and dairy will need to be refrigerated.
This stuff is fantastic, and it keeps great without any refrigeration. When refrigerated, the spread actually loses its chocolatey flavor and spreadable viscosity. Keep it on a shelf so it will taste and spread wonderfully.
Jam has plenty of sugar and preservatives, so it doesn’t need to be kept in the fridge. It is best stored on your counter or in your pantry. Freeing up ample door space in your refrigerator.
Just about everyone keeps ketchup in their fridge, but there is no real reason for it. Time in the fridge does extend the ketchup’s lifespan a bit, but most families use it so much that it doesn’t expire before it runs out. If you are looking to free up some fridge space, send your ketchup to the pantry.
Some herbs don’t do so well in a cooled environment. Mint is actually best kept at room temperature. Trim the stems and place them in a jar of cool water by a sunny windowsill for the best results.
There is no need to refrigerate a fruit that is already dried out. Chilling dried fruit can even more make it more difficult to eat. Leave it in the pantry for a quick and easy snack that’s much easier to chew than if it was refrigerated.
Citrus fruits take up a lot of space in your fridge, and it’s not really necessary. Citrus will last at room temperature for about a week. If you plan on keeping it longer than that and not eating it, then, by all means, refrigerate it.
A bottle of vinegar will last for months as long as it is kept in a dark place like a cupboard. Refrigerating it can extend its shelf life, but the vinegar will continue to lose its flavor over time no matter where you store it.
Butter can last for up to two weeks at room temperature, especially if it is stored in an airtight container. It can last much longer in the fridge, but it will be SO difficult to spread. Store the amount you are going to use for the week in your cupboard, and keep the rest in the fridge.
Onions will lose all their flavor when refrigerated. Keep these guys out of the fridge for the best taste. Keep a bowl on your counter for things like onions, shallots, and garlic–none of which need to be refrigerated.
These fruits grow in a hot, humid environment; they don’t need your cold, dry fridge to thrive. Fruits like figs, mangos, and papayas will be just fine at room temperature. They will last until they are ripe, and they will be so refreshing.
Real maple syrup should not be kept in the fridge – it should be kept in the freezer. This stuff will not freeze, and it will last pretty much forever. It tastes SO MUCH BETTER than the type with preservatives in it.
Mustard can be stored outside of the fridge, but it might lose its flavor over time. It will be good for up to one month when kept at room temperature. Otherwise, it can last for months with optimal flavor in the fridge. It’s up to you if it’s worth the fridge door space.
Sweet potatoes will be much better when stored in a paper bag in your pantry. Refrigerating them will cause their starch to convert to sugar, which will result in spuds that are unpleasantly sweet.