9 Foods You Shouldn’t Refrigerate


Butter

Butter
Butter

Although it contains pasteurized milk, butter can, and should, sit on the counter for a couple of days (even longer for salted, which has a lower risk of contamination). Just make sure to keep butter in an airtight container and that your kitchen room temperature stays below 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Worried you can’t go through butter that quickly? Put out a quarter stick at a time.

Melons

Melons
Melons

Uncut melons with a rough skin (like watermelon and cantaloupe), need to be left out in order to properly ripen. The one exception? Honeydew, which actually doesn’t continue to ripen after picking and does just fine in the fridge.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes
Tomatoes

Like melons, these guys just get better and better at room temperature. If you’re worried they’re getting soft, you can refrigerate them. Or, better yet, use them right away.

Potatoes

Potatoes
Potatoes

Refrigeration causes the starch in potatoes to change into sugar, which means a gritty texture and sweet flavor. Instead, keep them in a paper bag in a cool, dark place—like under your sink. Or, heck, under your bed.

Onions

Onions
Onions

Onions + fridge = mushy goo at the bottom of your crisper.

Bread

Bread
Bread

We know you’re worried about bugs, but refrigerating that loaf of rye is not the answer. (It’ll dry out and get stale.) Instead, store in a breadbox for up to a week, or freeze for up to three months.

Honey

Honey
Honey

Cold temps cause crystals to form faster. And nobody wants crystals in their chamomile.

Coffee

Coffee
Coffee

Ground beans can actually absorb the odor of other foods while in the fridge. Tilapia-flavored coffee? Ew. Keep the bag in the pantry for up to two weeks—or in the freezer if you’re storing long-term.

Basil

Basil
Basil

Unlike other herbs, basil wilts in the cold temperatures and absorbs other food smells. Instead, place it on your counter in a cup of water like fresh flowers.

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