Daily Food Items Which We should Avoid Putting in Refrigerators


Okay, so hear me out! I admit that I have a bad habit of chucking every leftover food or packaged item in the fridge and forgetting about them for an eternity. In my defense, I always thought that keeping them in the fridge would save them from going bad. Yes, refrigerators help slow down the process of food getting bad, but you do need to clean them out once a week.

You ask why? The answer is every food item has a time span be it fresh or processed. And once you keep them open it won’t last long. Plus do you know that there are many food items that you shouldn’t be keeping in the fridge? Because of the cold temperature (between 1 °C and 3 °C), certain food items change in texture, taste, and lose their nutrients. It is just not healthy for you.

Here is the list that’ll surprise you.



These juicy fruits don’t do good in the fridge. The juiciness and the tangy taste get dull. Also, the cold temperature breaks down its membranes and makes the texture all mushy. Keep them on the counter where they can sit and ripen beautifully.

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Basil Leaves:

This herb is known for its strong flavor and fragrance, but you may not know that it can also absorb other smells when kept in an enclosed area like the fridge. This will definitely lessen the main factor of the herb. The leaves will also wilt and dry faster. So, you can just pop them in a jar of water and pick them whenever you need them.

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These vegetables are very temperature-sensitive in nature. Anywhere below 10°C, they will wither very quickly and their texture and flavor will be ruined. They need to be kept at room temperature so that they remain fresh and healthy to consume.


The favorite and popular of the crowd. Now avocadoes are to be eaten at their ripest form when they turn all dark. Storing them in the fridge will slow down this process and you’re not gonna get a good taste out of it. Keep them on the counter where you can see them, let them get all riped up naturally.



This is a very basic one, onions cannot go in the fridge. They do not belong there. The cold temperature will make it all soft and might even grow a mold. Now, who would want a soft onion to slice? Keep them outside where they can get that air circulation and stay crisp and fresh.


This sweet deliciousness has the ability to preserve itself naturally for a long period of time. So, why ruin it by keeping it in the fridge, which will only crystallize making it thick and hard to even get them out.

Peanut Butter:

Unless you have 100% all-natural peanut butter don’t keep them in the fridge. They will get hard and dry, which will be a task for you to spread them out on a piece of bread. Store them at room temperature somewhere dark and dry.

Tomato Ketchup:

The ones that come in a bottle have enough preservatories to keep them good. So avoid keeping it in a fridge which will make it denser. Leave them outside in the pantry.


Citrus fruits do tend to get easily damaged in cold temperatures. They will get dry and the skin will developed spots. Keeping them outside will make it juicier as it is supposed to be.


Papayas don’t do well in the cold temperature as they will make the flesh hard and slow down the process of ripening. Keep them in a cupboard to consume them in their best ripen state.



Pickles already have high salt concentrations to preserve them perfectly so you don’t need to store them in the fridge. Keep them in the pantry or on the counter where you can easily get to them.



The fact is that donuts shouldn’t be kept for more than a few days. Even if you do for a day or two don’t make the mistake of storing them in the fridge, it will either get hard or soggy and the dough won’t just be edible. Keep them covered properly outside at room temperature.


Aged cheese:

When you keep cheese in the fridge they tend to get very hard losing its natural texture and that will completely change the taste. You do not wanna make that mistake when you get a nice chunk of aged cheese.


So when you leave chocolate in the fridge you will see there is this white coating on it. This is known as Sugar Bloom. The moisture will draw out the sugar and when that moisture evaporates it leaves behind the sugar crystal coating on the surface. This will change the taste of your chocolate treats entirely.

I hope you have learned something today, I did too. Now I know why certain food taste so weird when kept in the refrigerator. Share with us your thoughts on this eye-opening information.

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