Removing these items from your fridge can free up space and improve the taste and quality of items that should be stored at room temperature.
Take a look at this list and then go rummage through your fridge.
- Hot sauce stays fresh up to 3 years without refrigeration, even after opening it.
- Potatoes should be stored in paper bags in cool, dry pantries. Putting them in the fridge can make them taste funny and rot faster.
- Onions do best in dry, ventilated areas. Keep them away from potatoes, though. These tubers can make onions rot faster.
- Like onions, garlic is just fine in a dry, ventilated area of the pantry.
- Basil absorbs fridge smells, so it is best to keep your fresh basil in a cup or vase of water on the counter much like fresh cut flowers. You can also do this with any other fresh herbs.
- Your avocado won’t ripen? That’s because it’s in the fridge. Putting it on the counter will make it ripen much faster. To really speed up the process, put it in a bag with a banana or apple.
- Putting berries in the fridge can make them rot much faster due to moisture. They’ll be fine in a bowl or basket on the counter.
- Bread is best when kept at room temperature in a sealed plastic bag. Storing bread in the fridge speeds up the dehydration process and makes it go stale faster.
- You might have heard that keeping batteries in the fridge can make them last longer. This is false. Extreme cold can actually make them last for a shorter period of time.
- Storing tomatoes in the fridge can alter their flavor and make them rot faster. Keeping them on the counter in a bowl is your best bet.
- Keep coffee out of the fridge and in a dry, air-tight container in the cupboard.
- Most squash, especially those with thicker skin, do well for up to a couple months in the pantry.
- Honey is the only food that doesn’t spoil and it doesn’t need to be refrigerated.
- Most cakes don’t need refrigeration. If it’s unfrosted or has a buttercream or ganache frosting, it’s fine to store it in an airtight container for around three days.
- Uncut melons do best on the counter or in a dry pantry.
- Bananas should be hung on a banana hook on the counter.
- Ketchup and mustard can be kept in the cabinet for around a month without refrigeration because they contain acids that inhibit bacteria growth.
- Peanut butter doesn’t need to be refrigerated and can be kept in the cabinet for months.
- Cooking oils can be kept in the pantry, with the exception of nut oils.
- Apples, peaches, nectarines and pears can be kept in a basket in your pantry and will last around a week.