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.

If your fridge is anything like mine, there are often things stacked precariously on top of each other just to fit in. Refrigerator space is premium when you have a large growing family with a love of fresh fruits and vegetables. So I was delighted to read about several foods that I’d been refrigerating, that apparently shouldn’t have been stored in my fridge at all.

Are any of these common foods taking up valuable real estate in your fridge?

Seriously, Stop Refrigerating These Foods

According to Christopher Snow, in his in-depth guide to which foods do and do not need to be refrigerated, there are some foods that are actively made worse by refrigeration. These are the items you should absolutely keep away from cold temperatures, he says. The humid environment of a refrigerator can also be detrimental to dry foods, like herbs and spices. Read on and save yourself some space in the icebox!

For a few foods, like potatoes and bananas, this makes sense. Refrigeration messes with how potatoes taste. It actually causes the starch in potatoes to turn to sugar, which is not a good thing. What’s wrong with refrigerating bananas? Bananas ripen slower in the fridge. You may or may not want that to happen. Their skins also turn black.

But what about other foods, like onions? or garlic? or tomatoes? or even avocado? Should you keep these foods in your fridge?

Get answers on these, as well as apples, honey, melon, peaches, coffee, butter and many more common foods that might just be taking up unnecessary space in your fridge:

Seriously, Stop Refrigerating These Foods


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