Refrigeration is one of the most important food-related processes that we have. It works wonders for all of us food-lovers!

By reducing the temperature to perfect temp refrigeration levels (34F to 38F), refrigerators lengthen foods’ shelf life considerably. By achieving optimum fridge temperature, your refrigerator will inhibit harmful bacteria growth – allowing your food to maintain its freshness for longer than ever possible!

Because of that fact, we can say that refrigeration is incredible – but should you put everything you buy inside your refrigerator? The answer is: absolutely not! Several items won’t benefit from low temperatures and will go bad because of it. Colder temperatures can change taste, texture, and even the nutritional values of many foods – for better or worse!


1. Coffee

We all love a warm cup of coffee in the morning. Several people cannot start their day without one! The thing is before you decide to make a cup of coffee, you need to keep it in a dry, cool area to keep the coffee beans fresh.

You should never put it in your fridge, though! Most experts agree room temperature is cool enough for coffee beans and anything colder than that could potentially spoil the coffee before it reaches your mug. Several brands offer a mixture of coffee, cream, and sugar alternative known as 3 in 1 coffee, and even though it has cream in it, it shouldn’t go in the fridge either!

2. Tomatoes


Have you ever wondered why your tomatoes are mushy and tasteless? It’s because you keep them in your refrigerator! Tomatoes are not meant to be placed under cold temperatures.

These delicious red fruits (or vegetables, depending on who you ask) are supposed to stay at room temperature. Even though they will ripe at a steady pace – way faster than in a refrigerator – they will maintain their flavor and consistency regardless.

3. Bread

Freshly baked bread is amazing. It tastes like a great day out there in the field. On the other hand, cold bread tastes like everything went wrong somehow.

By keeping your bread in your refrigerator, you are forcing your bread to turn dry, chewy, and stale. You must keep it on the counter!

4. Basil

When you use basil in a recipe, everyone will know. It has such a powerful aroma and flavor that is made to stand out from other ingredients – unless you put it in your refrigerator, that is.

Even though basil has incredible smell and flavor, it easily absorbs the smell of its surroundings. By placing basil leaves next to other food in a closed environment (like a fridge), you are killing its main allure. Not only that, but its leaves will begin to wilt because of the cold.

5. Eggplant

Eggplant cannot go below 50F (10°C) without suffering major changes – and none of them are good. Storing eggplants anywhere but in room temperature will damage both its flavor and texture. This happens to most fruits and vegetables.

6. Avocados

Most avocado-lovers know they have to wait until their favorite food ripens before they can eat it. Unfortunately, avocados turn bad at a fast rate. Because of that, several people decide to refrigerate them. This will slow down the ripening process considerably but it will also alter its flavor and texture. Perfect storage temperature for avocados is room temperature, even if they seem to ripen almost overnight at it!

7. Onions

Onions need air to survive. If kept inside a sealed container – like a refrigerator – they will go bad quickly. Cold temperatures also turn onions into soft and moldy pieces of food. That’s not something that you want to cook with!

8. Garlic

Garlic works similarly to onions. It needs air to survive and will go bad in cold temperatures. Keeping garlic on the counter will maintain its freshness and flavor. Cold temperatures will turn it into a rubbery, moldy mess.

9. Honey

Rumor has it, honey can last forever. Bees are incredible manufacturers. What bees haven’t accounted for in their honey recipe, though, is extreme cold.

If you place honey inside your refrigerator, you can cause it to crystalize – and then it will be no good. Frozen honey is almost impossible to spoon, let alone poor out.

10. Peanut Butter

Most people love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. That combination can do no wrong. Unfortunately, you can’t take the two ingredients out of the same place: jam can go into your refrigerator, but peanut butter needs to stay away from it.

By refrigerating peanut butter, you are turning it into a dry and hard block of food – instead of that creamy, flavorful thing we all love.

11. Ketchup

Most ketchup bottles will tell you to refrigerate it after opening. Truth be told, ketchup will benefit from staying at room temperatures instead of the freezing cold.

Ketchup has plenty of preservatives to last for long periods of time – proof of this is ketchup bottles in restaurants who stay on tables for a long time.

12. Olive Oil

Olive oil needs to be stored in a dark, cool area. That almost sounds like a fridge! Unfortunately, a refrigerator is too cold for olive oil. Optimum fridge temperature will cause olive oil to turn into a butter-like substance. It’s better to keep it in your cupboard.

13. Oranges

Citrus fruits can be damaged by colder temperatures, like most high acidic foods. Oranges have thick skin made to last in warmer temperatures and it will become dull and spotted in cold places.

14. Papaya

Papaya should be kept at room temperatures in a cupboard or on the counter. Every once in a while, it should be turned. That’s all you need to do to enjoy tasty papaya, no fridge needed!

15. Potatoes

Potatoes do not need to go in a fridge. They need a dry, cool area to be stored in. You should also keep your potatoes unwashed until you are ready to use them.

Frozen food storage temperatures will starch your potatoes and break them down. Changing your potatoes’ flavor entirely. You might also find that frozen potatoes might darken prematurely when you cook them.

16. Pickles

A lot of people place their pickles in the fridge, but that’s not necessary. Most pickles are made with high salt content which is preservative enough for them.

In fact, pickling is a food preservation method. A refrigerator is unnecessarily cold to preserve pickled food.

17. Vinegar

Vinegar, just like pickles, is self-preserving. Studies have shown that no matter its storage temperature, vinegar can last for a long time and remain unchanged.

Keep in mind vinegar and vinaigrettes are two different things, though! The latter will need refrigeration.