The No-Fridge List: 10 Surprising Foods to Keep Out of the Fridge

by Maria Konou

The fridge is our trusty best friend that we trust with all of our food…or almost. The refrigerator is the place where we keep all of our perishable food items – from eggs and milk to meat and veggies. However, there are actually some foods that worsen in texture, flavor, and quality when placed and kept in the fridge. That is why it is important to know what is the optimal place for each food you like to consume. That way, you will make the most out of your food, and consume it in its best form. In this article, we will explore which are the most surprising foods that you need to keep out of the fridge:

Let’s take a look at the most surprising foods that you need to keep out of the fridge 

foods to keep out of the fridge

The No-Fridge List: 10 Surprising Foods to Keep Out of the Fridge


If you place your bananas in the fridge before they ripen, they won’t actually get to that point naturally. Moreover, their skin will turn darker, and the texture of the fruit will be also affected. That is why it is important to keep your bananas somewhere on the counter. When they are ripe, you can place them in the fridge to slow down the spoiling process.

Bananas taste the best when they are ripe 

foods to keep out of the refrigerator


Knowing how to properly store bread will make all the difference in the world fore your household. If you put your bread in the fridge, it will dry out, and even go moldy. That is why you need to keep bread products at room temperature in a bread bag or a paper bag. Make sure there is no direct sunlight, and the bread will last you forever!

Putting bread in the fridge will turn it stale and even moldy

foods that keep at room temperature


If you like smooth and liquid-y honey, then keep it away from the refrigerator! The cold temperatures won’t affect the taste or shelf life of your honey, but they will surely help crystallize it. Honey is self-preserving, meaning that as long it is placed in a dark place at room temperature with an airtight lid on, it will last you an eternity.

Honey does not expire, but the fridge changes its smooth consistency

foods to store at room temperature

#Onions and Garlic

If you are keeping your garlic and onions in the fridge, you are definitely doing yourself a bad favor. The moisture in the fridge causes onions and garlic to spoil faster. That is why you need to keep them somewhere cool and dry, like your pantry. If you want to keep them on the counter, make sure to place them in a paper bag to protect them for sunlight.

Onions and garlic should not be stored in the fridge because of the moisture

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Potatoes have no place in the refrigerator because of the moisture that can make them rot faster. In addition, if you keep potatoes in the fridge, they will become sweeter in taste but grittier in texture. Ideally, you need to keep your potatoes in a dry, dark, and well-ventilated place like a cupboard in your kitchen pantry.

The fridge makes potatoes grittier and texture and more sugary

what foods should you not keep in the fridge

#Coffee Beans

Storing coffee in your fridge is a bad idea! That is because the moisture and all the other odors will impact the flavor and aroma of the coffee. So, place your coffee grounds in a glass jar or a metal container and place in a cool cupboard, away from sunshine and light.

Storing your coffee properly will help maintain its fresh flavor and strong aroma

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There is nothing worse than a cold, tasteless tomato, and that is exactly what happens if you keep them in the fridge. Tomatoes are better off staying on your counter where they will be warm, sweet, and always ready for a salad. If you have a lot of ripe tomatoes on your hands, you can place some of them in the fridge, but you still need to consume them fast.

Tomatoes taste way better when they are at room temperature

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Avocados should stay on your counter until they are ripe. They need to get to the right ripeness to achieve the smoothest texture and the best flavor. Then and only then you can place them in the fridge if you want to prolong their shelf life. If you refrigerate unripe avocados, you will never get the same flavor and texture.

Avocados need to ripen before you can put them in the fridge

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Watermelon and cantaloupe need to be stored at room temperature until they are fully ripe. When they are ripe, you can cut them and place them in an airtight container in the fridge. That way, you will keep these fruits refreshing, juicy and sweet for the longest!

Store melon and watermelon at room temperature until they are fully ripe

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Now you know which foods you need to keep out of the fridge!

foods not to keep in the fridge

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Maria Konou

Maria Konou is a specialist in the field of digital marketing and fashion. However, she has always had a way with words. That’s what led her to her dream job here at Archzine. She has worked in many different fields over the years, but according to her, being an author has been the most rewarding. Maria is a huge plant enthusiast, loves everything fashion-related, is very sustainably aware, and is always open to learning about new things.