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You probably refrigerate a lot of foods just to be on the safe side. You are not alone. I try to put the majority foods into the fridge to avoid spoilage and any poison formation inside those foods.

But as research shows, we at time OVER-refrigerate! Well, to be precise, we put the foods into the cold environment that actually do not only just fine outside the friedge, they actually require no refrigeration to preserve the taste and other beneficial qualities.

Let’s review some of these foods and remember not to throw them into the fridge!

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  1. CoffeeTime says:

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    Any idea what foods could be kept safely out of the FRIDGE zone?

    Are you the one who over-refrigerates, rather than storing some foods out of the cold zone?

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    • Karen Hinkle says:

      good morning I see this is going to be interesting to see this topic today cant wait to see what I learn

    • Virginia Rogers says:

      Good Morning, am definitely one who refrigerates everything afraid will go bad faster before get to use. Probably Karen is right going to find out many should not be. πŸ™‚

    • Good morning! I also refrigerate probably a lot more than I should πŸ˜‰ lol

    • Good Morning, I think, I can tell its Monday, the 3 and 6 year old I babysit for have already got into a fight twice. Ill read the post and see what I’m doing wrong. lol.

    • constance ralph says:

      Good morning

    • constance ralph says:

      I tend to refrigerate everything

    • Rebecca Swenor says:

      Good morning all. I am going to say Tomatoes is one.

    • wendy c g says:

      Good morning, missed yall Saturday. My brother is visiting from Georgia. So I may miss some chats this week.

    • Katrina A. says:

      Hi! There are lots of foods that can be stored outside the fridge. Tomatoes are one for sure. When you keep them in the fridge they will get a tougher texture and less taste.

    • Raye Wiedner says:

      Hi all. I’m almost a day late to this one, because I’ve been out of town and unable to access internet.
      I don’t refrigerate most fruits, onions, or potatoes, and I know most of my family members think I’m nuts because of it. i don’t really know if some of the things I do refrigerate can be left out or not.

    • Jessica Parent says:

      Goo morning πŸ™‚ Miss you all…been busy getting my son to and from summer school .Yes I am probably guilty of over refridgerating

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  3. CoffeeTime says:


    Refrigeration causes the starch in potatoes to turn to sugar, and while this might sound like a good thing, it gives them the wrong flavor. The skins will also darken prematurely while cooking, making them look less appetizing.


    Here’s a weird one. You don’t have to refrigerate onions, but you do need to keep them physically separated from the potatoes. Spuds emit moisture and gases that will make your onions rot. Your best bet is to keep onions in the mesh bag they came inβ€”they like air circulation.

    • Karen Hinkle says:

      well that’s good I never put them in the fridge but do see some ppl doing that good to know about the onions keeping them from the potatoes

    • Virginia Rogers says:

      Am guilty I refrigerate both. But get meals delivered and they send both potatoes and onions in a bag together no mesh bag, will have to start separating. πŸ™‚

    • I used to refrigerate my onions because it minimizes the sharpness when peeling. Lately I haven’t been, though….

    • I’m good on this one, I don’t refrigerate either one.

    • Rebecca Swenor says:

      Very interesting. I only put potatoes in the frig in the summer months.

    • constance ralph says:

      I dont refrigerate potatoes but I do onions

    • wendy c g says:

      I never put them in fridge.

    • Katrina A. says:

      I’ve never put potatoes in the fridge. Never ever crossed my mind. I did not know to keep my onions and potatoes separated though.

    • Raye Wiedner says:

      Ha! I’m going to email this to my sisters and a daughter! They’re the ones that act like I’m nuts for keeping my potatoes in a corner and my onions hanging in my pantry lol. Now I can show them I was right all along.

    • Jessica Parent says:

      Phew- I only refridgerate onions after I cut into them (and potatoes 1 day after cooked-then I toss them if not eaten) So does this mean I don’t need to put them in the fridge after cutting them as well ?

    • sounds like my major issue they are always in the same drawer

  4. CoffeeTime says:

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    Again, air circulation is key. Garlic bulbs will keep for two months without refrigeration, and if you keep them out of the damp air of the fridge you’ll avoid making all your other nearby produce smell like garlic. Some even say that refrigeration will make garlic sprout prematurely.


    Is there anything more delicious and healthy than a ripe avocado? Avocado won’t ripen in cold conditions, so unless you need them to keep for awhile, you should let yours live outside the refrigerator until they’re ready to eat. There’s a popular legend suggesting the presence of the pit prevents browning, so if you only use half of an avocado, be sure to reserve the side with the pit.

    • Karen Hinkle says:

      I never even would think to put garlic in the fridge and that good to know about the avocado to

    • Virginia Rogers says:

      My mom just told me this about the garlic, never been an avocado eater now not allowed with high potassium but good to know to share!! πŸ™‚

    • I always let my avocados get perfectly ripe and then fridge them. It could keep another week almost once it’s ripe in the fridge…. I used to keep my garlic in the fridge, as I used it so rarely I thought it would help preserve it, but it just got moldy. I was wondering – what about peeled garlic?

    • Good on this one to, I’ve never been a fan of avocados, so I don’t buy them.

    • Rebecca Swenor says:

      Just started using avocados so thanks for the information. Good to know.

    • wendy c g says:

      Good to know

    • Katrina A. says:

      Yup, always have my garlic out. Since I don’t like avocados and we only keep them for my fiance and son I never knew not to put them in the fridge. Until a few months ago I watch a segment on our local news morning show with their veggie guy and he said not to.

    • Raye Wiedner says:

      Never heard that about preserving the side of the avocado with the pit. That’s good to know, since I have had them brown on me when I didn’t use the other half quickly enough. Garlic is another thing that gets hung in my pantry. I have cup hooks in the ceiling for garlic and onions, as well as drying herbs.

    • Jessica Parent says:

      I did NOT know to keep the it in the half the avocado that I put in the fridge for the next day (nd it always browns on me even though I rub some lemon juice on it) Thanks for letting me know-hardly ever buy garlic so that one really doesn’t apply to me

  5. CoffeeTime says:


    Is there anything more delicious and healthy than a ripe avocado? Avocado won’t ripen in cold conditions, so unless you need them to keep for awhile, you should let yours live outside the refrigerator until they’re ready to eat. There’s a popular legend suggesting the presence of the pit prevents browning, so if you only use half of an avocado, be sure to reserve the side with the pit.


    Cold breaks down the cell walls in tomato flesh and causes them to become mushy and mealy. For better results, store them at room temperature and keep them out of direct sunlight, which can ripen them early and unevenly.

    • Karen Hinkle says:

      oh good one about tomatoes I don’t like them cold my hubby dose and he puts them in the fridge I don’t but he will I have often wondered why they get mushy

      • CoffeeTime says:

        My grandparents used NOT to refrigerate a lot of the veggies and fruit. They knew better from their vast of years experience.
        I discovered a few months ago that Tomatoes are better off when kept outside the fridge in the dry area. And yes, they are much better this way and hold on to their skin much longer!

    • Virginia Rogers says:

      Guilty again, learn so many great things have tomatoes in fridge right now. Thank you!! πŸ™‚

    • I read this recently in Martha Stewart Living, but I don’t always trust her… I am afraid to keep my tomatoes out of the fridge, but I’ll take your word for it!!

    • I’m guilty of putting of tomatoes in frig. Ut oh.

    • Rebecca Swenor says:

      I like eating raw tomatoes and prefer them at room temperature. Thanks for sharing.

    • Katrina A. says:

      Did not know that about saving the pit. And once again just learned from the veggie guy on the news to keep tomatoes out. I wonder though in these summer months when we only cool 2 rooms in our house if it is still good to keep them out. Example: Our kitchen is probably close to 90 degrees right now….is that too hot?

    • Raye Wiedner says:

      I love tomatoes, but have never liked them cold. They just taste so much better at room temperature. My grandmother always kept hers on the counter, stem side down. I always did it that way, just because she did.

    • Jessica Parent says:

      Im bad with tomatoes-always throwing them in the fridge to preserve them longer (only 2 of us eat them) -Gonna start storing them on my counter instead

  6. CoffeeTime says:


    “I’m Chiquita banana and I’ve come to say, bananas have to ripen in a certain way.” So went the original Chiquita commercial from the 1940s. You can go and buy any brand of bananas, but their refrigeration advice is solid!

    Allow bananas to ripen at room temperature, and use your refrigerator when you want to slow the ripening process. Just be aware that refrigeration also happens to turn banana peels brown (though the interior is still unspoiled). Frozen bananas also make a great ice cream replacement for dieters.


    Fresh melonβ€”uncut, we should specifyβ€”is best stored on the kitchen counter where it can properly ripen and sweeten. Only after you cut up your cantaloupe (or whatever) into bite-sized bits should the flesh be refrigerated (but never frozen).

    • Karen Hinkle says:

      ok I knew this you had me worried for a min that’s what I aways knew

    • Virginia Rogers says:

      Yep am big fruit eater even though did know these from my grandma even though they took bananas away from me. πŸ™‚

    • So far so good. I can’t stand bananas but I do buy them occasionally for the little one. We grew up on “banana pops” (frozen half bananas on a Popsicle stick)…

    • When I buy bananas and melon they don’t last long enough to but in refrig. There are in 7 people in this house, they eat everything.

    • Rebecca Swenor says:

      When we were kids we use to make chocolate covered frozen bananas. Yummy! Thanks for sharing.

    • Katrina A. says:

      I’ll have to start putting my bananas in the fridge once they ripen. It seems like they ripen so fast, never knew it could help slow it down a bit. Melons makes since….look how they store them in the supermarket….in big bins.

    • wendy c g says:


    • Raye Wiedner says:

      Two more things I think taste better at room temperature anyway. I’m always a little sad to put my melons in the fridge after they’re cut, they just don’t taste as good to me once they’re cold.

    • Jessica Parent says:

      I did not know I could refrigerate a ripe banana (always threw them out or gave them to my dad for banana bread once the kids wouldn’t touch em )

  7. CoffeeTime says:

    Stone Fruits

    Peaches, apricots, nectarines, plums, cherries, and so on should be ripened at room temperature, stem-end down. Only after the fruits start softening slightly to the touch and begin to smell sweet should they be moved to the refrigerator. Shelf life is three to five days after that.

  8. CoffeeTime says:


    Try to eat your bread before it gets to the point where you need to chill it to stave off mold, because if you end up refrigerating, the loaf will get tough and less tasty. For this reason, a lot of people freeze bread. Freezing preserves the texture, but then you have to deal with defrosting it. And who’s got the the time to microwave a slice of bread when they’re rushing to catch a train in the morning?


    It’s the same story with cookies and pastry. You can store them covered outside the fridge, and it’s true they won’t last quite as long, but refrigeration causes baked goods to go stale faster. Keep your cannolis on the countertop where they belong.

    • Karen Hinkle says:

      I have been a bread freezer and I do freeze my cookies when I bake for Christmas

    • Virginia Rogers says:

      I definitely do not like refrigerated baked goods they lose their fresh taste, I do however freeze if more than can use especially bread. They bring me a loaf a week I never get through. πŸ™‚

    • I actually freeze my bread right when I buy it, and defrost a whole loaf at a time to use in the next few days…

    • These never stays around long in my house long either.

    • Rebecca Swenor says:

      I always put my bread in the frig. so it doesn’t grow mold. Great info thanks for sharing.

    • Katrina A. says:

      We freeze our bread but it’s so easy to pop in the toaster and it’s defrosted and toasted by the time it pops up. Pastries never last long enough to go bad. hehhe

    • Raye Wiedner says:

      I have family that stores their bread in the fridge. It always seems a little too dry for me after that. I have frozen bread at times, if I make too much at once, or if I get it from the store and pick up extra on sale or something. I thaw the whole loaf at once. I have tried to stop buying or making pastries, they’re too addicting lol.

  9. CoffeeTime says:

    Hot Sauce

    Not all hot sauces are created equal, but if it’s a vinegar-based hot sauce like Tabasco, you can almost always safely store it in the pantry for months on end. Cold weakens the flavor and changes the viscosity of the sauce, affecting the pour.


    Once again the humid environment of a refrigerator is detrimental to the flavor of spices, and since most can be safely stored for years without refrigeration, there’s no benefit to cold storage at all.

  10. CoffeeTime says:


    Ugh. My family refrigerates honey and I’ll never understand why. Honey is one of the world’s earliest preservatives. It has a practically indefinite shelf life, and we’ve heard tales of archaeologists uncovering ancient Egyptian tombs with edible honey inside.

    Don’t refrigerate honey. It’ll crystallize, and you’ll have to squeeze that stupid teddy bear even harder to get it out.

    Peanut Butter

    All-natural peanut butter does have to be refrigerated, because the peanut oil can rise, separate from the mash, and go rancid. Commercially processed peanut butter, on the other hand (like JIF and Skippy), can be stored for months without issueβ€”even if the jar’s been opened already. But really, who can’t eat a jar of peanut butter in a month? It’s delicious, and good for you, too.


    Nut oils (like hazelnut oil) must be refrigerated, but for other types of oil you’re in the clear. Oils will become cloudy and harden when refrigerated, and while this doesn’t do lasting damage, you’ll need to wait for the oil to warm before it tastes right or flows properly again.

    • Karen Hinkle says:

      I knew this about honey and if this happens to you and it turns to sugar just pour it in a pan and melt it back down and put it back in the teddy bear we have bee houses all over our place and honey is always plenty around here and I never put oil in either

    • Virginia Rogers says:

      Never use honey, but do keep oil and peanut butter out of fridge, just another habit from grandma, good to know why though πŸ™‚

    • Good on this one too.

    • I never refrigerated these – some things learned from home… I can’t imagine dealing with honey or peanut butter that has been refrigerated…. lol!

    • Rebecca Swenor says:

      I didn’t know this about the nut oils. Good to know. I had to laugh at the honey comment because I think everyone has used the teddy bear honey. lol

    • Katrina A. says:

      LOL…..I love your honey descript. Hahaha. Never ever have we ever put honey or peanut butter in the fridge. Not sure why someone would.

  11. CoffeeTime says:

    And YES, here’s a new installment of Candy for your Eyes – Unusual Birthday Cakes for a Tween or Teen!

    birthday cake for tweens

  12. GodMorning Im so glad to see this back!! Ive missed your great articles!!! Hi everyone!!

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