Storing food in the fridge seems like a good thing to do no matter if it was meant to go in there. Am I right?

I’d think that most of us think that way. “It’s gotta be a good thing to put my bread in there – it’s all like cold and stuff and has to keep it fresh longer!”

No so true my friend.

Here are a bunch of foods you might think you should keep in the ice box but you’re better off storing at room temperature.

  1. Tomatoes, Bananas, and Avocados – The refrigerator does keep them from going bad. However, it also prevents them from ripening, which kind of kills the flavor. So you should just keep them at room temperature and don’t buy them in bulk.
  2. Potatoes – The starch starts turning into sugar when they’re kept in the fridge. This messes up the texture and makes them sweeter than they should be.
  3. Bread – The perception is that it’ll not get moldy as fast. Not true as it actually gets moldy faster in the fridge. The starch also crystallizes from the cold, so it gets stale faster too.
  4. Olive Oil and Vegetable Oil – First off, they stay good for a long time, so there’s really no reason to refrigerate them in the first place. And keeping it cold makes them thicken up so they’re harder to cook with.
  5. Coffee – It loses some of its flavor in the fridge. It also slowly absorbs the smells of other stuff in there, so it doesn’t taste quite right.
  6. Cantaloupe and Melons (Until they’re cut up) – Keeping whole melons at room temperature actually preserves the antioxidants better.