21 Foods Everyone Puts In Fridge, But Shouldn’t

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Cheatsheet – Check out some of the foods you can keep in your pantry or even on your counter instead of finding space for them in the fridge.

1. Melons

Melons, such as watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew, should be kept on your counter to get the best flavor. Once you cut open a melon, however, you should store it in the refrigerator. [Headline Health tip: we like to eat our melon cold, therefore we put it in the fridge the night before we plan to cut it.]

2. Avocados

The Food Network reports that “the creamy goodness of this fruit is best enjoyed at room temp.”

3. Bananas

Bananas don’t ripen in the fridge. And the cold temperature turns their skin brown prematurely. That makes it impossible to tell whether they’re ready to eat.

4. Tropical fruits

Any fruit that grows in the tropics is likely to store best at room temperature. This includes pineapple, papayas, mangos, and kiwis.

5. Coffee

The humidity in your refrigerator can cause a buildup of condensation in your coffee. And that can have some pretty weird effects on the flavor of your favorite coffee. A better bet – an airtight container in the pantry.

6. Nutella

Everybody’s favorite chocolate hazelnut spread not only doesn’t have to go in the refrigerator. Besides, stays more spreadable when it’s kept at room temperature.

7. Bread

Storing bread in the fridge typically dries it out. To retain your loaf’s texture, keep bread at room temperature on the counter or in the pantry. If you bought more bread than you can use immediately, store the extra in the freezer, not the fridge. [Headline Health tip: If you still want to store bread or any other bakery product in the refrigerator, put it in a tightly closed ziplock bag to retain moisture.]

8. Butter

If you stocked up on several boxes of butter, stick them in the fridge. But you can keep a few days’ supply of butter right on your kitchen counter. Butter is usually about 80% fat (which means a low water content) and is typically pasteurized milk. Together, those factors reduce the risk of bacterial growth. Exception: unsalted butter should stay in the fridge.

9. Apples … read more.