Kitchen: these are the foods you should never keep in the fridge

by Jessica Meurens

Do you tend to keep everything in the fridge? We understand you: when you get home from your groceries, you put all your food in your fridge to keep it fresh. However, this is not always a good idea. Indeed, some foods do not tolerate cold well. We tell you which ones you should definitely not put in the fridge!

While it is true that some foods, such as meat or dairy products, need to be refrigerated to avoid food poisoning, this is not the case for all products. Some even prefer the moderate temperature of the kitchen rather than the coolness of the refrigerator.

In addition, removing certain foods from your refrigerator can help you save space in them. It can also save you from wasting food by forgetting food in the back of the fridge.

These are the foods that don’t fit in your fridge

  • The cucumber : although we like to eat it fresh, it should not be kept in the refrigerator. With the cold temperature, it will eventually soften and lose its crispness.
  • Tomatoes : same for tomatoes, although we like to keep them fresh, it’s better to keep them at room temperature if you don’t want them to soften and lose their flavour.
  • The lawyer: if you want to ripen your avocado, it should be kept at room temperature. When they are ripe, you can keep them in the fridge until you want to eat them.
  • Potatoes and sweet potato: the cold affects the starch and therefore changes the taste and texture of your potato or sweet potato. It is best to store them in a dark place, if possible in a burlap bag.
  • cucumbers: pumpkin or other, the thick skin of cucurbits is meant to protect them. They can therefore be stored at room temperature without any worries. Putting them in the fridge can even have an impact on their quality. On the other hand, they should be placed in the refrigerator once cut or even in the freezer if you need to store them for more than a few days.
  • Bananas : to ripen bananas need a lukewarm temperature, around 15-20°. The process is stopped when they are placed in the refrigerator. The cold temperature of the refrigerator can also cause the skin of your banana to turn black.
  • The melon: we also like fresh so we tend to keep it in the fridge. However, it is better to keep it at room temperature as well, as the cold will destroy its antioxidants.
  • The strawberries : we also find them very fresh, but if they are kept at a cold temperature, their sweet taste becomes less and they also take on a paste-like texture. It is better to keep them in the open air and away from direct sunlight so that they retain a better taste. It is also best to eat them shortly after picking or buying them. To prevent them from rotting, do not wash them unless you are going to eat them.
  • Stone fruit: apricot, peach, mango… Cold temperatures also stop the ripening process of stone fruit. As a result, they ripen less quickly and run the risk of spoiling more quickly.
  • jam: thanks to the high sugar content, jam does not need to be kept in the refrigerator. However, if you buy low-sugar jams, it’s better to keep them in the refrigerator to prevent them from molding.
  • The spread: it can harden quickly in the fridge due to the oil it contains. It would then become very complicated to spread on a slice of bread. Also, the chocolate flavor will be much less powerful.
  • Chocolate : Are you afraid that your chocolate bar will melt, so you keep it in the fridge? Nice mistake! Indeed, outside of high temperatures, your chocolate is safe if it is kept in a cupboard and not in the fridge. In addition, the cold blocks the aromas by acting on the fat present in the chocolate. With a temperature close to 0° and humidity, the taste, color and texture of chocolate can change and make it much less appealing.
  • Honey : Honey is a food that never expires, so there is no need to refrigerate it to preserve it. In addition, low temperatures would cause it to crystallize and solidify.
  • Eggs : we tend to put eggs in the fridge, mainly because most have a specific place for them. But what few people know is that when placed in the refrigerator, the thin shell of eggs tends to absorb odors and therefore give them a bad taste. It is therefore best to store them in the box at room temperature, such as in the store.
  • The onions : onions should be stored in a well-ventilated, dark and cool place. But not in the fridge, as the cold and humidity wreak havoc on the onions, breaking down their fiber structure and making them mushy. Placing them in the refrigerator would also promote mold growth.
  • Garlic: if you keep garlic in the refrigerator, it will germinate and spoil faster than if it is kept in a dry place, at room temperature and out of light. Only keep it in the refrigerator if it has already been peeled and prepared.
  • The bread : Putting your bread in the fridge will slow the growth of bacteria, but it will quickly become very hard, rubbery and even stale. Instead, keep it in a lunch box or on a shelf. If you want to keep it longer, it’s better to put it in the freezer.
  • nuts: the cold can affect the taste of the nuts. Instead, keep the ones that are fresh that you will eat within 24 hours in the refrigerator and prefer an airtight container in a cool place to keep them for several weeks.
  • Aromatic herbs: the leaves of herbs such as basil, mint, dill or coriander will wilt if kept in the refrigerator.
  • The oil: there’s no point in putting them in the fridge because the bacteria won’t develop there. The cold would even make them gritty and eventually they would freeze. It is more advisable to put them in a closet or dark place rather than on the counter.

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