11 Food Items You Should Be Sure Not To Keep In Your Refrigerator

In order to store your food properly, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published extensive instructions on how to prevent foodborne illnesses. One of the biggest threats are microorganisms such as salmonella, E. coli O157:H7, and C. botulinum, which causes botulism.  The FDA assures consumers that as long as they keep their fridge and freezer at the correct temperatures and pay attention to “best by” labels, they have nothing to fear.  However, the following foods are best not kept in the refrigerator:

1. Bread
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Keeping your bread in the refrigerator will cause it to dry out quickly, notes Lifehack. Instead, we suggest leaving out as much as you can eat within four days, then freeze the rest for later consumption.

2. Tomatoes
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Refrigerating tomatoes stops the ripening process — altering the flavor — and they can become mealy.

3. Melons
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) warns of melons’ chilling sensitivity, listing “brown-staining of the rind, surface pitting, deterioration of flavor, fading of flesh color, and increased incidence of decay” as observed effects.

4. Potatoes
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Cold potatoes will convert starch into sugar more quickly, making them gritty, so it is suggested that you  keep your potatoes in a dark, cool place as close to 45 degrees instead.

5. Onions
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It is also recommended to keep your onions out of the fridge to prevent them from becoming moldy, mushy, or even sprouting.

6. Hard liquor
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Hard liquor is just fine at room temperature. In fact, hard liquor remains good for six to eight months after being opened.

7. Honey
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Honey has a remarkably long shelf life, but changes in temperature can cause it to crystallize and lose its flavor. Keeping honey in stable conditions is crucial.

8. Coffee
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Coffee does best in cool, dark, dry storage and will absorb other foods’ aromas if exposed to them long enough. Coffee can be frozen in mass quantities, however, and retain its flavor.

9. Basil
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Basil will wilt in the fridge, but there are plenty of ingenious ways to preserve this herb — including blanching or freezing into cubes.

10. Garlic
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Like onions, garlic can become rubbery and sprout while in the fridge. Instead, stash them somewhere dark and dry.

11. Hot sauce
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Hot sauce doesn’t require refrigeration to stay fresh, and can be stored at room temperature for years before spoiling.

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