Some of these may shock you.  

By Corey Williams
March 12, 2019
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To refrigerate or not to refrigerate? This question plagues kitchen owners around the country every single day. Finally, we have some answers:

1. Bananas

Chiquita Banana said it best: “Bananas like the climate of the very, very tropical equator—so you should never put bananas in the refrigerator.” If you have no idea what I’m talking about, watch this very informative banana commercial from the ‘40s:

Seriously, though, the chilly air in the fridge will inhibit the enzymes that allow them to ripen—even after you take them out.

2. Bread

It seems counterintuitive, but keeping bread too cool will cause it to go stale much more quickly. Refrigeration causes the starch in the bread to harden, so your loaf is better left in an airtight container on the counter.

3. Herbs

Many herbs are delicate and can be easily damaged by the cold. Your best bet is eating the herbs as soon as possible after they’re cut, but keeping the stems in water could help them last a bit longer.

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4. Tomatoes

Tomatoes won’t ripen properly in the cold. If, however, your tomato is already perfectly ripe, it won’t hurt to stick it in the fridge.

5. Coffee

Shocker, I know. While it’s important to store coffee beans and grinds in a cool, dry place, the moisture in the refrigerator will turn the beans bad quickly, as well as dull the taste. Keep your beans or grounds in an airtight container on the counter for a perfect cup of joe.

6. Melons

This one’s a matter of health. According to a study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, melons stored at room temperature have significantly more antioxidants and other nutrients than those kept in the refrigerator.

7. Honey

Honey is just fine on the counter for a very, very long time. So why let it get hard and unusable in the fridge?

8. Potatoes

Refrigerators absolutely ruin a perfectly good potato’s texture. Unless you like your potatoes gritty, keep ‘em on the counter.

9. Onions

Onions need air circulation to last, so storing them in the fridge is pretty much a death sentence.

10. Avocados

I know, I know: Avocados are finicky little things. Putting them in the fridge will slow the ripening process, so you should keep them out until they’re ready to eat. If you’re not ready to enjoy them at that precise moment (again, they’re finicky), they can handle the fridge for a few days.
 

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