10 Foods That Do Not Belong In The Fridge

Everyone has their own conventions when it comes to storing food, often it’s down to personal preference and doesn’t make any difference to quality or taste. But there are some food items that are negatively affected by being kept in a fridge – whether it be domestic or commercial refrigeration. Read on to find out which 10 foods should not be refrigerated – some might just surprise you.

10 Foods That Do Not Belong In The Fridge

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These most flavourful of fruits will actually suffer quite badly from being refrigerated. The low temperature can break down the membranes within the fruit, affecting the texture. It also stops the ripening process, reducing the richness of flavour. The best place for tomatoes is in their own bowl, on the counter.


This particular herb does not enjoy life in the fridge – it actually makes it wilt more quickly, and can also mean other smells taint its flavour. The best home for your basil is on the counter in a cup of water, like flowers in a vase.

Potatoes (including sweet potatoes)

Cold temperatures create a chemical reaction within potatoes – their starch turns to sugar and they become sweet and gritty. Instead, keep them in a cool, dark place, ideally in a paper bag, which will slow down the rotting process better than a plastic bag. If in doubt about the appropriate storage of any food you can check the official advice from the Food Standards Agency.


Fridges are moist places, and onions do not like moisture – it softens them and encourages mould. They prefer a cool, dry place – but don’t keep them too close to the potatoes as they actually encourage each other to deteriorate!


The rules about avocados depend on whether they are ripe or not when you come to store them. If they are not, it’s best not to put them in the fridge, as they will not ripen. Alternatively, you can stop a fully ripe avocado from going bad by putting it in the fridge. For more details on subjects such as ideal food temperatures, why not check out commercial refridgeration by fridgefreezerdirect


The texture and quality of garlic will decrease if it is refrigerated – it can become rubbery, mouldy and even start to sprout. It is better to keep it out of the fridge, somewhere dry and cool.


Interestingly, being refrigerated will actually make your bread dry out more quickly. If you are not going to eat it within a couple of days, it can be frozen, as long as it is well wrapped to keep the moisture content high.

Olive Oil

It is important that oils be kept in the dark, and somewhere not too hot – but the fridge will make them turn hard, to a more butter-like state.


Many people do keep this in the fridge, but it can absorb odours from other foods, and reduce the overall strength of flavour. Anywhere else cool and dark is fine for coffee storage. For more details on correct coffee storage consult the National Coffee Association.


This should be kept tightly sealed at room temperature – too cold and it will become crystallized