Here are 5 foods you should not refrigerate. Some I knew, some I didn’t, but once I started paying attention to the amount of food I was throwing away, I started reading up and some of them surprised me. After all, most people learn by example and I know that I store many foods the way I saw my parents and grandparents did it while growing up.
5 Foods You Should Not Refrigerate
Potatoes – I have always stored potatoes in my refrigerator. Only once did I store them in my pantry and forgot about them. They spoiled and the odor was horrific! But I learned that potatoes keep their best at around 45 deg, which is warmer than the average fridge temp. Remove them from their plastic bag and transfer the potatoes to either a basket or a paper bag for ventilation and to keep the moisture at a minimum.
Onions – They are best stored in a cool, dark and dry place, just like potatoes. (I’ve also read that too much light can cause bitterness.) Never store them in a plastic bag and if stored properly, they can last 2-3 months in your kitchen drawer or pantry!
Tomatoes – They do NOT like the cold, whether on or off the vine! Tomatoes will lose flavor and the cooler temps will break down the membranes and become “mushy”. If they are ripe and you need to keep them a bit longer, then refrigerate them, but it will be best to use them for cooking. You will notice the change (or loss) of flavor if you eat them raw.
Fresh Herbs – They will wilt quickly and absorb odors from your refrigerator. It is best to keep them on the counter in a cup with fresh water, as you would with fresh cut flowers.
Apples – The counter is the best place to store your apples. Cold temperatures also cause apples to lose flavor and texture. If you desire a cold crisp apple, place one in the fridge for 15-20 minutes before eating.