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10 Foods You Should Never Refrigerate

foods you should never refrigerate

Growing up, we all had house rules about where certain food was stored. Many of these rules were universal for every household, but some foods, such as ketchup or apples for instance, could be stored in the refrigerator or the pantry. For those “in-between” or “uncertain” items, we are here to offer our professional advice. Here are 10 foods that you should never refrigerate.

1). Potatoes

Refrigerating your potatoes can cause their starch to turn into sugar, ruining their flavor.

2). Ketchup

Ketchup is packed with vinegar and preservatives, making it safe to store in the pantry. Just think about ketchup packets at fast food restaurants.

3). Bread

Keeping a loaf of bread in the refrigerator will technically keep it “fresh” for longer, but it quickly dries out and becomes stale in cold conditions.

4). Cooking Oils

Keeping cooking oils, such as olive oil, in the refrigerator can cause it to harden and develop a butter-like consistency.

5.) Apples

Apples begin to lose their flavor when stored in a refrigerator for long periods. If you want to bite into a cold apple, toss it in the fridge 30 minutes prior to eating.

6). Tomatoes

Keeping your tomatoes in the refrigerator turns them soft and mealy. Keep them on the counter instead.

7). Peanut Butter

Unless you buy natural peanut butter that specifically requires refrigeration, just leave it in the cupboard.

8). Honey

Honey can be stored in the pantry for years without spoiling. Keeping it in the fridge, on the other hand, can cause the sugars to crystallize.

9). Hot Sauce

Hot sauce, and many other condiments, can last up to three years outside of the fridge.

10). Fresh Herbs

Fresh herbs, such as basil, can actually absorb odors and tastes of other foods in the refrigerator. Keep them in a glass jar with water on your counter.

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