10 Foods You Should Never Put in the Fridge

#10: Bananas

You may think you’re extending the freshness of your bananas by putting them in the fridge, but the truth is, they ripen more naturally and retain more nutrients outside of the fridge. The additional moisture and darkness inside your refrigerator will actually cause bananas to rot more rapidly.

#9: Potatoes

Potatoes should be kept in a cool, dry and dark place. And by “cool”, we don’t mean “cold”, as in the temperature of your refrigerator. The colder temperature of your fridge can cause the starch in potatoes to turn into sugar more quickly. Next time you buy yourself some potatoes, remove them from the plastic or paper bag in which they came, and store them in a well ventilated-cardboard box or fruit and vegetable bowl that has aeration.

#8: Onions

Onions are one of the vegetables that most people will place in their fridge without thinking. You may buy a bag of onions, knowing you’re going to use them over time, so wouldn’t keeping them in the fridge make the most sense? Actually, no!

According to the National Onion Association, (yes, that’s a real organization) by placing onions in the fridge – even in your vegetable drawer – you’re quickening the pace at which they’ll become soft and moldy. Unpeeled onions require air in order to extend their freshness. If you unpeel an onion, it should be placed in a covered container in your fridge.

#7: Avocados

We’ve all ended up with an overripe, mushy avocado and cursed the fact that we spent $4 in a single piece of fruit, only to trash it a few days later. Because of this, we’re inclined to place them in the fridge immediately after purchase in hopes of extending their freshness. The truth is, an unripe avocado won’t ripen properly inside the cold temperatures of your refrigerator.

Let your avocado ripen naturally outside your fridge and enjoy it when it’s ripe. The only circumstance when you should place an avocado in the fridge is when it’s actually already ripened.

#6: Garlic

If you put garlic in your fridge, it will sprout! Yes, it will grow actual green spouts out of the bud. And who wants to eat garlic that’s sprouting? The cooler temperature in your fridge will also cause the garlic to become mushy and even moldy over time. And, unfortunately, you won’t be able to tell that the garlic has become mushy and/or moldy until you slice it open.

#5: Bread

If you’re looking for dry, tough and and chewy bread, stick it in your fridge! If not, we recommend keeping it in the original packaging within a bread drawer. If you don’t have a bread drawer, the original packaging is fine.

#4: Tomatoes

Tomatoes are one of those foods that will be irreparably destroyed when placed in your fridge. Not only does the cold air of your refrigerator stunt the ripening process, it also causes them to lose all their flavor. On top of that, they’ll become moist, soggy and mushy – hardly the consistency we want on our sandwich or in a salad.

#3: Peanut Butter

Sometimes, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is the only thing that could satisfy you. But although jelly is meant to be refrigerated, peanut butter is not. Putting peanut butter in the fridge will eventually turn it hard and dry. So if you prefer the smooth, creamy texture of peanut butter, make sure you put it in your cabinet, not your fridge.

#2: Citrus Fruits

Citrus fruits such as oranges, clementines and lemons will serve you best when left out on the counter, not in the fridge. These types of fruits need natural temperatures to properly ripen.

The colder temperatures inside your fridge can cause what is known as “chill damage” – causing spots of mold on the outside of the fruit and eventually drying them up from the inside out.

#1: Cucumbers

Cucumbers do best at room temperature, so the fridge is not your friend when it comes to this tasty salad staple. Cooler temperatures can damage the skin on cucumbers, so it’s not uncommon to see damaged, mushy spots on them after being in the fridge for just a few days.