Never put these foods in the fridge: They will do more harm than good

Storing some foods in the refrigerator can do more harm than good. For example, honey can sit forever at room temperature, but in the refrigerator it will only harden and destroy the structure.

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Keeping this delicious summer food in the fridge actually damages it, or rather, tomatoes lose their flavor. Cold air stops the ripening process, which is what gives tomatoes their finest flavor. The refrigerator can also change the taste of tomatoes, so it is better to keep them in a basket at room temperature. You can also place them on the outer windowsills so that ripening continues in the sun.


If you put it in the fridge, it will not only wither quickly but also absorb all the smells around it. It is better to keep it like a flower in a little fresh water. If you have a lot of it and want to save it, blanch it briefly and freeze it rather than storing it in the fridge.


Due to refrigeration, garlic will eventually become rubbery and sprout. It is better to keep it in a cool and dry place.


The cold from the refrigerator encourages the starch in the potato to turn into sugar, so you could end up with sweet potatoes. It is best to keep it in a cool (but not too cold) and dark place. Mesh or paper bags are much better because they breathe more than plastic ones. Less will germinate and spoil in them.


Over time, due to the cold air in the refrigerator, they will begin to release moisture and become soft and moldy. Keep them outside in baskets, but not near the potatoes because they encourage each other to rot faster.


Honey does not have an expiration date and can be kept at room temperature forever if it is well sealed. In the refrigerator, it can only harden, and the sugar will crystallize (if it is sugar) and destroy the structure.


If you want your avocado to ripen, don’t keep it in the fridge. It is best to keep it in paper, brown bags, and if you want to encourage ripening, put a tomato, apple or banana next to it.


The refrigerator would quickly dry out the bread, and if you have too much and want to save it, it is better to cut it into slices and store it in the freezer. It is better to keep fresh bread outside, at room temperature.

Olive oil

This valuable oil should be stored in a dark, cool place, but not in the refrigerator, because its consistency would change there, and it would turn from a liquid into a thick mass, like margarine.


If you leave it in the fridge, it will lose its aroma and take over the others around it. In order to keep it fresh, it is best to store coffee in the kitchen shelves where it is dark and well closed.

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