We tend to think of the refrigerator as a tool to preserve food for as long as possible. With most foods, that’s true. Without the fridge, we couldn’t keep meat, dairy products, or many types of products in the house. Refrigerators truly are a modern miracle that revolutionized the way families eat.
But as it turns out, there are certain foods that actually lose freshness in the refrigerator. Sometimes chilling food diminishes the flavor or changes the texture.
You’ll want to review all 15 of the foods on our list to improve your cooking and enjoy your food more. If you’ve been putting #9 in the fridge, you have probably never tasted a truly delicious one of these.
Storing the following foods at room temperature can actually help you avoid inadvertently wasting so much good stuff.
Berries just don’t last very long after picking, so it’s best to buy them on the day you want them rather than store them.
Still, the fridge is better than the counter if you are going to hang on to berries for a few days. However, most get moldy very quickly once they become wet, so never rinse a whole carton and then store it.
Onions will spoil more quickly in the refrigerator than on the counter. They’ll get moldy and mushy before you know it. It’s best to store onions at room temperature, but keep them out of direct sunlight.
Once the onion is peeled and cut, you will want to refrigerate it. Just place it in a sealable bag and store it in the vegetable drawer.
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