These 46 Foods Don't Belong in the Fridge

According to scientific research, ripe tomatoes should be kept on your counter, uncovered. When kept in the refrigerator, their flavor is highly affected. This is because the cold temperatures reduce the functionality of the genes that allow the fruit to properly ripen. If they're currently ripe, they'll also lose the flavor you love. 

We get how important coffee is. Even we can't start the morning without it. To keep coffee at its best, it should be stored in a dark, airtight container—and not inside your refrigerator. Cool temperatures create moisture, which dulls the taste of coffee beans and grounds. Moisture isn't what you want in your coffee until it's being brewed. 

It can be hard to use up a big bag of potatoes all at once, so what's the best way to store them? Well, if you’re attempting to safely store your potatoes, avoid the refrigerator. Uncooked potatoes are best kept in a cool, dry, and dark environment. We're talking about a dark cabinet drawer (not on the countertop). 

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Well, this one is kind of a double-edged situation (so to speak). If you plan on eating the nuts soon, don't put them in the fridge. Consume them within a month. Storing them in the fridge would make them less flavorful, and that's the last thing you want from your expensive nuts.

Fresh herbs aren’t the easiest to keep fresh, but that’s most likely because they’re being stored incorrectly. If you keep them in the fridge, they’re being exposed to too much moisture, causing them to become slimy and wilted. You could keep them in the fridge with a paper towel that's changed out once a day (but that's a lot of work). 

If you want to extend the shelf life of your onions by up to 30 days, move them from the refrigerator to the pantry. Like potatoes, the starches in onions are converted into sugars at a quicker rate when stored at cooler temperatures. By keeping them in the fridge, they also absorb moisture, which will cause them to get mushy and spoil much faster.

The best way to keep your spices fresh is to buy whole spices and then grind yourself. If that isn't possible or you just want convenience (no shame here, because we do the same thing), aim for dried spices in a jar! These ingredients are designed to last much longer than you'd think. 

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