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10 Foods That you should NEVER put in the fridge

Firstly I would like to say that you should never put any of the following foods in the fridge as in most cases it will damage the food or impair its flavour, but saying that with some of them there are exceptions and it all comes down to personal preference, of course.

What I will say is that if you want to get the best taste and flavour from your food then it is best not to put the following foods into the refrigerator. By following some of the tips you will enjoy your food a lot more and reap the benefits of its flavour.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy my list of ten foods that you should never put in the fridge.


#1 Potatoes

Potatoes should be kept in a dry dark place, in a pantry or food cupboard. They should also be kept in a paper bag as opposed to a plastic one to stop them sweating and growing eyes.

#2 Chocolate

We all do it don't we? We put our chocolate in the fridge to stop it melting or to make it solid and chunky to the bite. Well, we should not, because it impairs the flavour of the chocolate. Room temperature is best for chocolate; however, if your room temperature is over 20 degrees then the fridge may be your best option.

#3 Tomato

This is a biggy for me because I always used to come home from the supermarket and bang them straight into the fridge. However, tomatoes need warmth and their flavours thrive on sun rays. I did a test and ate a tomato from the fridge and one from my veg rack. The difference was unbelievable. The one from the rack had ten times more flavour. Putting them in the fridge kills their natural flavour and turns the texture into an icy mush. Try the test like me and you won't be disappointed; I never put my tomatoes in the fridge now.

#4 Avocado

Nothing worse than cutting into an avocado that hasn't ripened yet. Putting them in the fridge slows down the ripening process. They are best kept in an open paper bag or, even better still, next to the bananas in your fruit bowl. This will help them ripen and taste much better.

#5 Melon

Never put a full melon in the fridge or a half melon purchased wrapped from a store. Once the melon has been cut you can then wrap it in cling film and put it into the fridge. Putting a full melon in the fridge will impair its taste.

#6 Onion

Onions should never be placed in the fridge because their aroma is so strong that they will end up impairing the taste of any other food that is in the fridge. Onions need a dry, dark area to grow properly and stop them from sprouting unwanted shoots.

#7 Garlic

Much like the onion, garlic will impair the flavour of other foods if put in the fridge. It also needs a dark, dry place to thrive and putting it in the fridge does absolutely nothing beneficial to it at all.

#8 Cake

Cake is better off in a sealed or air-tight container. You can put cake in the fridge if the cream is fresh to keep the cream itself fresh, other-wise the cake just becomes stodgy and bland.

#9 Honey

You never ever, ever under any circumstances need to put honey in the fridge. Honey has one of the longest shelf lives of any food and it does not need refrigeration whatsoever.

#10 Coffee

Some packet coffee recommends putting the packet in the fridge, but with instant coffee it is a definite no-no. Coffee absorbs aromas and flavours from all the other foods in the fridge, which in turn kills its own aroma and flavour. Even packet coffee, once opened, gains no benefits from refrigeration.


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  1. I admit some of these I do put in the fridge and probably will continue to do so. Hey, when chocolate is melting making a mess it needs to go in the fridge no way around it. I don’t, however, place garlic, onion or coffee in the fridge, so these I got right.

  2. Some very valuable points given here. I do keep most of these in the fridge, but I may not now, after reading this! I have noticed that too – that freezing or chilling food often destroys the flavour. In fact, both extremes of temperature do that: over-heating food can often have the same effect.

    • Thanks, Maggie. I suppose if we really try we can find something wrong about everything and anything on the internet, but if you do a bit of research on foods and fridges then a lot of it makes sense. My tomatoes taste delightful now that I no longer put them in the fridge, lol.

  3. Very informative; didn’t know many of the do not’s… However, living in a tropical country, everything goes into the fridge – except I do leave the potatoes, onions and garlic outside! They don’t ever go in the fridge.

  4. Yikes! Me too – always kept the tomatoes in the fridge… and the coffee (in a sealed plastic container). Thanks for the info – will definitely try this out. Mind you… if you think about it – they don’t store tomatoes or avos in the refrigerated section in the supermarket either, do they.

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