8 Foods You Should Not Refrigerate

by in Healthy Tips, May 22, 2012


Summer is prime time for produce. While you may know how to cook and eat these seasonal goodies, are you storing them correctly? Here are 8 farmers’ markets finds that should stay out of the fridge.

The chill of the icebox makes tomatoes dull and mealy. Store on the counter (under-ripe ones can go on the windowsill). If they begin to get too ripe, it’s time to make tomato jam or roasted tomato sauce.

Keep whole melons like watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew on the counter for best flavor. USDA research found that storage at room temp may even help keep the antioxidants better intact. Once cut, store in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.

Cold temps will break down the starches in potatoes, making them unpleasantly sweet and gritty. Cool and dry darkness is a spud’s best bud.

Uncut onions are happy out of the cold. The humidity of the refrigerator makes them moldy and mushy. Avoid direct sunlight and once cut open, place in a resealable bag in the vegetable drawer.

Preserve the powerful flavor of garlic by storing in a cool, dry and ventilated container. Once the head has been broken open, use the cloves within 10 days.

Freshly picked apples will do well (and look pretty) on your counter. If they aren’t eaten after a week or two, make them last a little bit longer by then chilling them in the fridge.

Fresh berries from your local farm taste amazing at room temperature so it’s the sooner the better for munching. For long-term storage keep them in the fridge. To avoid soggy or moldy berries, rinse just before eating.

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Allow peaches, apricots, nectarines and plums to ripen at room temperature. If you can’t gobble ‘em up right away, place in the fruit bin of the refrigerator for a few extra days.

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Comments (596)

  1. cooly says:

    Love how you kept saying to refrigerate in an article about what NOT to refrigerate. lol

  2. Catherine Demlow says:

    I basically live in the middle of cherry orchards in MI, and if I leave any of these items on my counters, they immediately attrack zillions of fruit flies. Any suggestions where else they should by stored if not in the frig????

  3. After reading "Consider the Fork" by Bee Wilson, which examines the history of kitchen utensils and appliances and how they've shaped the way we store, prepare and eat our food, I learned just how many foods that we refrigerate today were never recommended for cold storage, including nearly everything except meat and possibly milk. But when the refrigerator was introduced it was difficult to convince people to run a large electrical appliance 24 hours a day just to store leftover meat. So the refrigerator companies–particularly in the US–began a campaign to convince people to store everything in the fridge, including dairy products, sauces, fruits and vegetables.

  4. @jantallent says:

    I knew about all of these but garlic. I have always kept it in the refrigerator once I use a clove of it. Will stop – thanks for the info!

  5. this record doesn't appear sensible with the the apple company and berries feedback. it's not that they shouldn't be saved in the refrigerator, but that they may flavor best or look awesome on the reverse outside of the refrigerator. you say don't shop it in the refrigerator, but then to go forward and put it in the fridge

  6. my site says:

    My buddy is a cucumber farmer and informed me when British cukes are clean you should cover them with nasty cover and keep them on the reverse. Even after you cut them you can re-wrap and keep for another day. I can't believe the distinction it creates. Doesn't implement to the ones you buy pre-wrapped from the shop as they are already a few times old.

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  8. nice says:

    Amazing study. We operate within the generate retail store marketplace and it is regions such as this that individuals continuously attempt to educate the public on how the actual safe-keeping of objects can severly result the actual preference. Many of these usually are 100% true and where apples move, yeah never let them acquire beneath 50 diplomas… soon after 2-3 days to weeks the actual starch gradually begins to transform to sugar so you forget such a true potato really should preference including!

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  10. utahseo.biz says:

    Store celery and asparagus as you would flowers, cut the stems and put in water. All cruciferous veggies if not eaten same day as bought should be kept such or wrapped with a damp cloth ( flour sack cloths are great.).

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