Most foods make sense being kept in the refrigerator. It slows down their breakdown, and is thought to keep foods fresher for longer. It isn’t always what you’d think though. Here’s a list of eight foods that are better off being kept outside the fridge to avoid gross texture changes or loss of flavor:
1) Bread: It’ll dry out in the fridge. Extra can be frozen, but avoid the fridge.
2) Garlic: The cold air can make garlic sprout and it’ll get rubbery and may mold.
3) Whole Onions: Moisture in the fridge will make the onions mushy and moldy. After being cut they can be stored in the fridge in a sealed bag for a few days.
4) Tomatoes: Chilled tomatoes lose their flavor and get a granulated texture.
5) Coffee: Coffee can condensate in the fridge and its flavor can change dramatically.
6) Honey: Honey will keep for a very long time out of the fridge as long as it’s sealed. Chilled honey crystallizes and is hard to use.
7) Potatoes: Potatoes in the fridge will turn gritty and sweet from the starches breaking down.
8) Whole Melons: Keep melons on the counter until you’re ready to use them. Once cut, they can be kept in the fridge for a few days, but will quickly soften.
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