10 Things You Probably Store In The Fridge, But That Don’t Actually Belong There

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When I don’t know whether or not something belongs in the fridge or pantry, I always choose the fridge. Keeping a food item cool and refrigerated seems like the best option, right? Well, not necessarily. Many people store the following 10 foods in the fridge when they actually don’t belong there. And that can seriously affect their taste. So take a read, and then take a look through your fridge!

1. Bread

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Many people believe storing bread in the fridge prolongs its freshness. However, the fridge is more likely to make the bread go stale faster. If you know you’re not going to finish a loaf before it goes bad, stick it in the freezer.

2. Pickles

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I have always thought that an opened jar of pickles belongs in the fridge. But actually, the pickle juice keeps pickles as safe and fresh as they need to be, so no fridge is required.

3. Soy Sauce

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Soy sauce contains a ton of sodium, which helps to naturally preserve it. Storing soy sauce in the fridge can actually weaken its flavor.

4. Avocados

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Storing avocados in the fridge can severely stunt their ripening. If you want an avocado to ripen, store it at room temperature.

5. Ground Coffee

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It’s a common misconception that ground coffee stays fresher for longer in the fridge. However, storing it in the fridge can actually weaken its flavor. It’s best to store coffee at room temperature in a sealed container for optimal freshness.

6. Garlic

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Garlic is another food that loses its flavor when stored in the fridge. Keep your garlic in the pantry instead!

7. Onions

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Onions don’t like being in the fridge. They will last much longer in a well-ventilated area at room temperature.

8. Honey

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Never store honey in the fridge! It will crystallize, making it virtually impossible to get out of the jar. Honey will last for quite a long time at room temperature.

9. Tomatoes

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Always opt for storing tomatoes at room temperature rather than in the fridge. Storing them at cool temperatures causes their skin to wrinkle, and they will lose their freshness more quickly.

10. Berries

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Berries (including blueberries and raspberries) will actually wither and grow mold faster at colder temperatures. Leave your berries at room temperature to enjoy them for longer!

Now that you’ve been through this list, it’s time to take a look through your fridge and see if you have any reorganizing to do!