Full List of Foods Never to Put in the Refrigerator

It is quite natural for all of us to want to preserve and protect the foods we purchase. With that in mind, we always think that the best way to do that is by putting them in our refrigerators. However, there are certain foods which should never be placed in the fridge. Below, we have put together an extended list of such foods. The results and certain entries, may surprise you.


foods not to put in fridge - bananas

Bananas –

Bananas in the fridge? Because they retain nutrients better outside the fridge, they should never be placed inside the refrigerator. According to Canadian Produce Marketing Association, bananas are better kept on the counter until they ripen. The cold temperatures actually slow down the ripening process of the bananas, while the moisture and darkness of the fridge will only facilitate rotting.



    • I agree, the freezer does work well. But not in the fridge. It condenses water vapour and the bread becomes mouldy very quickly.

        • Exactly! This method is in fact excellent and one of the very best methods for keeping bread from getting moldy. When it starts to get older, it just dries up gently and can sometimes keep for a month. And you can easily prepare and eat this dried out bread. Just cut some slices, sprinkle some water on both sides and toast it. It will be great even if it is weeks old.

      • I also agree with Rotty. I remember may aunts on the farm baking multi loaves of bread , which were kept in the freezer. But once taken out for use, they were kept out and never refrigerated. Also , if sometimes , bread or cheese i might have goes moldy, I’m happy to see it. Not to eat moldy food but because if it will actually go moldy after a time, it’s good food. The bugs and spores know what is nutritious.

      • naw, just cut them in half and throw in the fridge in plastic. it afterall says if cut to keep in the fridge lol

        • Why not wrap the fridge in plastic? doing it like this you can just cut whatever fruit/vegetable and throw it in the fridge, saves time. 2 strikes in 1 blow.

          • – start at the top and work your way down – I find cling-wrap is the easiest – cling-wrap also has a weight loss advantage …it takes so damn long to unwrap to get to the goodies in the fridge !

          • – regarding ‘wrapping the fridge’ – if one cannot suss out cynical humour then all is lost.

          • Douche ur just so dumb that when your wrong you try to fix it by saying something else so u can go F#(* urself loser and while ur at it pick up a dictionary and u would know that what im saying is English u retard

          • – perhaps a full time job might help you ? …or any work at all. Mind you, that would be nigh impossible for a person that can’t spell or use the English language. I only presume you are a person …end of dialogue

          • Dude whats ur problem this is a forum not some place or you to be a D!(k go get a job urself leave me alone and go be gay somewhere else

          • Actually,”nigh” IS English, specifically of Old and Middle English origins. It can be used as a verb, adverb, adjective, noun, or preposition, depending upon your usage of it. It is therefore a very useful word, meaning “near” or “almost’ and has many examples in modern use. I have used it and have read it in books, magazine articles, and online. It is often used to add a wry or ironic flavor to the sentences in which it is used. Here is a link to more information on this and other words:

          • – well, we know that – JennyBiffy2goodyshoes doesn’t, she actually asked how to five days before my cynical reply – if she wanted to wrap a fridge, why have one in the first place ?

          • Wow way to be amazing (he says sarcastically at the giant douche bag) you are so awsome you should get get an award( he says sarcastically again)

          • “so dumb that when your wrong you try to fix it” whereas you are so stupid you don’t bother! It’s ‘you’re’ in my dictionary!

    • sarcasm? spices stay fine in room temperature in sealed containers for couple of years. if you want longer shelf life treat them by freeze drying! only an idiot would put them in the fridge to waste precious space.

    • I don’t keep Ice Cream in the fridge I put it in the freezer, Spices in the pantry. I guess cups of tea are ok in the fridge depending on whether you want your tea, cold, or freezer if you want ice tea. lol

    • Yeah and more… no toilet paper rolls, dish soap, spectacles, cell phones, plates and toothpaste in the fridge. You can, but it is not worth it really.

    • – nor car keys – so many instances of ‘lost’ keys retrieved from the icy depths of slumber land – keys do not degenerate so don’t need preservation

      • I misplaced one of my bills and discovered it a couple of weeks later in the deep freeze, does that count?

      • My son’s cat slept every night in the fridge in his apartment in LasVegas, NV. Discovered this one morning while visiting. Opened fridge to get something for breakfast and the cat hopped out. It startled me, but, as my son noted, there is plenty of air circulating in a functioning fridge — and the AC in the apartment left much to be desired. Perhaps coincidentally, the cat lived to a very advanced age and always had the appearance of a very young cat. I do not, however, recommend individually wrapping your cats in plastic for storage in the fridge.

  • true list of food to store in a cupboard, also keep the eggs out of the fridge.

    • they sell a perfume with the smell of cash too. the type of ink etc in it does have a unique stench indeed

  • maybe I DON’T WANT the banana to ripen so early cos I’ve bought bunch of them!? so makes sense to throw them in the fridge and take few in the room temperature once in a while.

    little extra advice: bananas also should be individually wrapped in plastic, cos once one of them starts to ripen it messages the others with chemicals to ripen at same time.

      • Fried in butter and sugar and served with vanilla ice cream. If you are one of the lucky ones who do not get fat or have diabetes.

        • This flavouring with RUM did catch MY eye, please fill me in on the preparation and presentation

          • Sorry, mate, I just saw your request. May sound weird, but it’s actually delicious. I usually grill over open hardwood charcoals, we call it “mangal” – essentially an enclosure with an open top, no rack or anything, where you burn hard wood till it turns into coals and produces lots of lingering heat but no flames. So, after all the meat and veggies are cooked to perfection as kabobs (never on the same skewer), meat goes first, then eggplants, last go the tomatoes and the jalopeño peppers that you later sprinkle with lime (preferred) or lemon (if no other alternatives) juice and salt on the top right before the consumption.
            Still there’s quite a lot of heat left.
            So, get some bananas that are not overripe. Break in two and put the halves on a skewer. Be careful not to burn. Heat draws out a liquid fast that’s reach in sugar, you want it browned and caramelized, but not burned, which can happen fast. So keep attention and keep spinning the skewers as needed. Once your bananas are nicely browned, take them off the skewers into a bowl (obviously, they are not going to arrive at the same time, but that’s fine). Once all bananas are in the bowl, give some to the kids, while they are still crunchy on the outside. And forbteh remainder – any good flavorful rum. I prefer a few table spoons while they are still hot, so that the heat yields that banana-rum flavor. Or you can soak them. Just eat fast, before they became soggy. I hope you have as much fun as I do every time I get around to making these. And if you come up with improvements – please let me know.

          • Used to be our BBQ pudding – sprinkle peeled banana with brown sugar (darker the better) spoon over tspoon of alcohol of choice. Wrap in foil place on BBQ when meat all cooked ready to eat when you’ve finished the meat – serve with scoop of ice cream

    • RIPING is not the same as ROTTING.. also wth is: cos once one of them starts to ripen it messages the others with chemicals to ripen at same time.?? And before replying and retyping what you tried to write there you might wanna consider the factuality of what you are sayin… or at least what you where trying to say.

      • Don’t buy too much and consume before it rots is the simple answer. Especially when goes for perishables – eggs, milk products, meats, fish. Canned products are not supposed to have any preservatives – the temperature of the proper canning kills off the bacteria and preserves the food. In yankistan, they add enough shit to pickle your insides to “preserve” the shelf life of food. When I read that “pickles have enough preservatives to keep them out of fridge for 3 years”, whoever eats that shit gotta be suicidal

        • My home made pickles ,using nothing more than vinegar as preservative last for several years without a problem.

          • Salt and natural (not distilled) vinegar – very true. Gotta be careful with sugar – miscalculate and you’d have a fermentation process on your hands

        • You seem to be unaware that pickling itself is a preservation method. It works because of the salt and vinegar. The only so-called chemical “preservative” in pickles (additive besides vinegar & salt) is sodium benzoate which is not a harmful substance and does not linger in ones “insides” for the requisite months to “pickle your insides”. You sound like an uneducated superstitious propaganda-fed bumpkin, saying stuff like that. I bet you think GMO food = evil too. The fact that no less than 3 people upvoted your comment means you are not alone either.

          • Dude. My family pickled fresh veggies since before refrigerators were invented and definitely prior to your country being old enough to pickle a diaper. Learn to preserve veggies over winter with just a table spoon worth of salt other than herbs. Till then, save the attitude and the lecture for your kids. Dismissed

          • You act as if the original Americans just spontaneously materialized with no culture, knowledge, or past. Americans are, by and large, descended from Europeans (as I am myself – Germany tyvm). So your snide little anti-America jibes don’t really mean shit except to demonstrate the same warped American-envy which is prevalently displayed all over greater Europe.

          • Original Americans, also known as American Indians were displaced by hordes of what, for the most part, was international riff raff. Latter were too busy shooting each other to preserve the traditions of their original heritage.
            There is nothing to envy of America for your only prelevant traits are the unfounded arrogance, ignorance and claim of nearly everything good produced by humanity as your own immediately badtardizing it.
            Now, roll that star-spangled rug of yours into a tight tube and shove it up the most intelligent part of you.

          • Отсоси, радость )))
            When you grow up, yank, you can come clean my house

          • When you grow up, you can win the Cold War and be a citizen of the Earth’s sole super power, deciding the world order and crushing nations that don’t get with the program and obey your nation’s hegemony. Oh wait…

          • Lol. Thank you for being the living example of everything the rest of the world already knows about yanks and Yankistan – irrelevant b***h with overgrown ego. Dismissed

          • Hey Russki! The only thing you know about Yank, is what you do with {Yank} your Crank!

          • St. Petersburg. Moved back home after a decade in a star-spangled dumpster. Gotta tell you, the slums of NYC are the most disgusting in the world.

          • You are definitely a fag. What you readily envisioned is spelled as “cock”, not “coke”. Freudian slip indeed, bitch

          • After reading your comments, 8 months after they were posted, I now understand why BT has more or less closed their articles to comments.

          • “Citizen of superpower”? I still have that useless blue book with a pathetic bird stamped on its front, even though I haven’t used it in years. And I’m also a Russian citizen. The country that’s been around for longer than you can count and the one that shoved a thick dick up your spangled ass at every turn for the last decade. We have no aspiration of “hegemony”, but come with a weapon, bitch, and the skin from your ass will be flopping in the wind.

          • Tomatoes????? WTH man…..I thought we were discussing bananas….now I’m really confused….lmao ;-D

          • Try again, bitch, I’m not a Bolshevik and never have been, but even if I were, that would be better than being a faggot from Yankistan.

          • Went back to Petrograd for an azz replacement operation, did you?!Did the N.Y. Boons scare ya back to Petrograd??

          • Don’t worry shamu9. I can scare him away with three magic words (it worked on his entire country before):

            Strategic Defense Initiative.

          • On the contrary your ass is very easy to find – the biggest opening in your body.

          • You don’t want to find me! I’m a retired LEO! State Certified in all LEO Weaponry! Bring it on!

          • Well, I think it was mainly the monarchies (governments) of Spain, Britain and France and its citizens (armies) who were down with killing the natives of North, South, Central America and the Carribean way back when. Just look at Columbus and Cortez, for instance. We were just the tools of TPTB and their corporations, to come in and conquer virgin land full of resources for them under the guise of “freedom.” We did the dirty work for them. A lot of Americans came here, willingly or unwillingly because of some type of persecution. Younger sons of nobility came here too for opportunities and some of the Scottish nobility for daring to fight the British, being given the choice to either be hanged or sent to the colonies in the stinking hull of an English ship, like my ancestor, a Keith. So it wasn’t just riff raff. Also, a lot of present day Americans are part Indian and proud of it. Since the coup that took place when JFK was killed, the US has gone downhill. It’s just the elite’s military arm now. Our sons have been blood sacrifices. We’ve been dumbed down, poisoned via chemicals in the food, water and air and our wishes totally ignored by our “representatives.” Look at the massive illegal invasion that has occurred against our wishes as an example, Most Americans are appalled at what’s happened here. And just a note, it’s really not polite for our cousin Europeans to call Southern Americans “Yankees.” It’s a huge insult and smack in our collective southern faces. P,S. I was lucky enough to take a trip to Europe and everyone was so nice, especially in Ireland. When I looked down from the air passing over the Atlantic, I thought wow, my ancestors of the 1600’s were BRAVE to cross that expanse in rickety ships. Well, you have a wonderful day.

          • Well, now that I think of it, some of the French were pretty rude. But they all thought my daughter was French, though (before she opened her mouth). LOL!

          • My apologies for “yankee” – I actually respect South and Central american nations and don’t think any of them should be held responsible for US shenanigans. In fact, I think that yanks calling themselves “Americans” is yet another example of overwhelming arrogance of yanks.

          • If all else fails pick on the British. They were responsible for everything that went wrong after all. Pity you seem to have yourself all confused; not knowing the difference between British, English, Scottish and Irish. “the Scottish fought the British”. The Scottish are British dummy.

          • I’m aware of that. But I’m looking at the Yankistan today and at the history of my own country. The only really dark spot I see in my history (at the world’s scale) is that we saved the star-spangled fucks from extermination back in 1812, rather than swatting them along with Brits and making a deal with French. Yes, there’d still be wars. But there wouldn’t be a cancer called USA.

      • The answer is: ethylene. Never leave stuff you don’t want to ripen/rot (yes, they are extensions of each other) together with bananas, tomatos, avocados, apples and surely another couple of fruits. Using the word “messaging” is as pseudo-scientific (or popular scientific) as “the selfish gene”, but it’s illustrative (btw, trees are claimed to “warn” other trees across the world about moulds using chemical substances according to recent research findings).

        • In fact, I use this for making unripe avocados ripen: just put them in a bag together with a banana, and you will end up with the perfect avocado. In the fridge!

        • I’ve always put an apple in with anything I want to ripen faster, especially peaches and avocados. I think my grandmother taught me that.

      • No offense, but in order to give lectures to others about checking facts before replying, you may want to consult a dictionary before replying yourself. Ripening is not the same as Riping. WHERE is not the same as WERE…

      • No it doesn’t Lol I always keep mine in the fridge. The only way that any fruit or veg will go black in the fridge is if you leave it in there for which time it would have long perished if left outside the fridge.

      • Only the peel, the flesh actually will stay firm and not turn brown as quick as ones on the counter

    • Listen to the experts. Not only that, experience shows you how quiclly they go bad once the process starts.

    • “I like bananas because they’ve got no bones” song by George Elrick. Anyone remember him?

    • Exactly if you don’t want to get them ripen too early avoid fridge! What the article does not state, that cold makes them brown and soupy quickly…damaged thus!

      • I keep mine on the cool corner of the work-top and cover them with a black cloth to stop the peel from going black. It’s light which blackens the peel and makes them look unsavoury.

      • Only the skin. The flesh remains firm.

        Put a banana in the freezer – it’ll turn black quick, but the inside will be perfect for months

  • Most of these so-called suggestions are basic common sense. Plus whatever you do put in your fridge once opened has to be cover with gladwrap (cling plastic). A couple of times the person who wrote this contradict themselves. Like when he’s talking about Peanut Butter hre mentions jam which you can put in the fridge, then further on he’s talking about jam and says you shouldn’t put in the fridge. We put foods in the fridge because of ants here in NZ and because of the heat.

    • In the beginning of your comment you’re saying the exact same things the article said? And it is not common sense, there are complete studies about these things! And it is not contradicting when you say that you can but don’t have to put something in the fridge! I know that sometimes it is hard to understand what you read bit maybe you should try harder?

      • Most households in the past and some even today use their common sense before they’ll stand there and do a study on what is the good or bad thing to do as far as foods go. They learn from their mams and grandparents, and yes it is common sense bananas are one I wouldn’t put in the fridge, apples I would, pumpkin I would put in the fridge once it’s been opened covered in gladwrap, same with cabbage, lettuce. So you use you nignog. (Common sense)

        • I know how to use my noodle, aint it true that people also got food poisoning quicker in the past tho? Common sense in case of fruit/vegetables is simple: if it originates from a warm country, you keep it outside the fridge, colder countries.. inside the fridge. Ohw and note that I did not write the article, I replied to your comment. Getting back on common sense, my argument is in the definition of the word common. Common would not mean that you yourself learn it from your parents, it would mean you could learn it from ANYONE and seeing that there are studies and articles about the matter I would say the Knowledge is not that “common”. Also it is not always about preservation of the food as a whole, some tips regard preservation of “taste” and again this is not common sense. Of there are 29 tips and I knew of 28, that means I learned 1 thing that moment. Worth it for me

          • Sure you didn’t write the article? The way you carpet bomb this discussion with snipes at everyone seems way over the top. Maybe you should put your noodle in thr fridge for a while?

          • – being caustic /cynical can be very informative at times – although I think the ‘noodle’ should be removed from the fridge /hibernation

          • – a sensible comment (about learning) – if we, particularly me, ever stop learning things, we might as well be dead

        • – thanx for your info about AKL. I was there 20 years ago and, yes, I agree. The reason I got involved with this chat site is a few comments were unreasonably against you. I think some people are so bored with unemployment that they cheer up their lives with cyber bullying from faceless /incognito networking. They wouldn’t make those comments to ones face – ie: cowards, …but, life carries on, thank heavens.

      • by the way I do understand what I read, but maybe you should try to write it so it is readable

      • – that has nothing to do with refridgeration – it seems more like retribution for some imagined wrong

    • – ants are an African problem – here in Tauranga, like any other port city, cockroaches are the issue – so the fridge is probably the best place to store opened /cut foods – an ideallic fridge has perfect (??) seals that a cockroach, presumably, cannot breach – I’ve never experienced heat in NZ, only very, VERY warm summers – totally different to the African heat, as I figure you might know – I thought humidity didn’t exist in Cape Town until I compared, on Google Earth, between Cape Town and Tauranga – Cape Town actually had a higher humidity !!?

      • Ants are a problem in Auckland and so are cockroaches. In the summer the humidity in Auckland is very bad too. I guess wherever you go there’s always somebody or something eating your food whether the weather is hot or cold, most cases keep it in the fridge and they can’t get it.

  • bread stays eatable for a week kept in a fridge. try keep it on your counter for a week. still eatable? i think not. you put things in the fridge to slow the rotting process. thats the only point. this article is biased and bullshit

    • Yeah, biased towards the anti-refrigerator lobby, that holds this nation in an iron grip! Shed your chains I say! No more!

    • I don’t know what Goes down on your counter homie, but as long as you have something on it you can put bread in your on some bs. You are forgetting the part where you keep it out the sun 😉 so if you put in on your counter in a bread container or in a cabinet the bread should be fine after a week. Better than in it would be in the fridge no doubt. Stop contradicting these are facts people!

    • You are right, I completely agree with you. I know that bread on our counter would go bad and moldy within a couple days, however, in the refrigerator we often keep it for a week without it going stale or moldy. Same with a lot of fruits. Also, fruits like watermelon are meant to be eaten cold, could not imagine not having it in the fridge before cutting.

      • I rarely ever use an entire loaf of bread and have tried the fridge, freezer and counter solutions with mixed results. Most supermarket bread will remain mold-free for at least a week or more on the counter and will dry out faster when refridgerated. Fresh bakery bread will die within a couple days unless frozen, but it’s never the same. The best approach I’ve found is to give half of each loaf to my neighbor when I buy it. At least it doesn’t go to waste that way. On fruits; many, especially tomatoes, are much more flavorful when at room temp. A good use of rotten fruit, for some of you, might be to pitch into your trash as you imagine the face of your sparring partner there. “Eat a Peach”, -Alman Bros Band.

    • – it’s neither nor, it invites OTHER views about a, potentially, topical subject. Depending on climate and season I’ve kept bread in ‘the open’ for a week, come summer, into the fridge it goes, wrapped, of course.

  • This was a lot of nonsense. A lot of this stuff I WANT cold. And most of these products I never saw harmed by refrigeration.

    • Did you even read the text below?
      It doesn’t say everywhere that you HAVE to put it in the fridge. With some products it basically says you can but don’t have to put them in your fridge so it’s a waste of space. Some things like a melon as a whole you don’t have to put in the fridge, the pieces you can keep in the fridge (sealed). So seriously if this was a lot of nonsense name one piece of information in here you feel is incorrect?

      • Oh, dear. You haven’t even read the title of what you’re commenting. What part of “never put in the refrigerator” did you not understand?

        • Again.. never put a melon in the fridge. Elaborated, once sliced you should!

          If I write a book titled the man who was not the killer
          and in the end it turns out he was the killer… Will you be happy you had something good to read or will you get mad about the title?

          The title can never say it all. That’s not how titles work. That’s why movies are not just titlescreens. That’s why pages of books don’t just hold titles.

          That’s why I KNOW now all you really did was read the titles 🙂

    • It’s not nonsense. Go do some research. The cold does have a biological effect on most fruits and it’s nutrients. Just because they taste fine to you doesn’t mean they’re in the same nutritional state that they’d be in if not kept in the fridge.

      BTW, the best fruit I’ve ever had was from small, local farms in Italy, Span, and France and most farmers, or buyers, would never keep the fruits in the fridge unless they were already open.

  • I always heard the contrary about coffee powder : place it in the refigerator to preserve its smell and taste.

    • freeze! That’s not the same as putting it in the fridge. That’s a whole other process -.-

    • – when defrosting bread in a microwave I place it on a brown paper bag /paper roll-napkin to absorb any moisture

    • A fruit is not the same as coffee powder; it is made of cells that still perform some functions. It is, among other things, sesnsitive to ethylene gas emitted by other fruits as they become riper. If you place the banana in the fridge, the ethylene that it emits stays in the fridge and becomes more concentrated, therefore speeding up the ripening of the fruit. It is nor as much related to the cold as to the fact that the gas can’t escape.

    • With (ground) coffee it’s a bit tricky:
      If you want to store some amount for some time it’s perfectly ok to keep it in the fridge (airtight sealed, of course).
      But that stock that you are using daily should be stored at room temperature (still as airtight as possible, needless to say). At least perfectionists say it’s not good for the final taste if the “temperature shock“ between storage and brewing is too big.

    • Don’t think you can get away with defrosting it in a microwave, dry it out too much, I keep bread in the freezer but only use it for making toast.

  • I keep onions in the fridge !! My fridge contains air !! And this way they don’t make my eyes watery when I cut them. I got this tip from a great cook !! U try it .

    • – also try, once peeled, microwave on low for five seconds, particularly if the onions are to diced for cooking, but still good for fresh salads and sandwiches

  • I also keep bread in the fridge too !! No air in the bag, tho. Air is the enemy in this case, no air, no problem !!!

      • – all that oxygen does is oxidise unstable things – the primary culprits are spores and air-borne bacteria

          • – is the word ‘oxidise’ new in your vocabulary ? There is a recommended dictionary, but why bother… oh dear. It takes all kinds. But then, if we were all the same, how boring would it be !? ‘Ur’ could be Russian ? Without punctuation things get garbled – look what happened with ancient Hebrew scriptures – ‘civilisation’, as such, is still arguing over what the library of boox actually mean.

  • Half of the products mentioned in this article I keep in the fridge. Simple, I like my pickles cold, not room temperature, the same goes for watermelon, coffee beans, eggs, etc…..

  • What language was this originally written in?
    The auto-translate didn’t work very well did it?

  • I have bought bread products and in summer when it can be warm inside I get mold in under two days. So this is looney to say keep it on the counter.

    • – don’t ever release your street address to the public – the boere /cops /SAS are spying on us …mmm, must go and answer this forceful knocking on the door …oh ! and the back door !! …and who said you could uuhh!!

    • U didn’t say medicinal marijuana unless for some strange reason you eat dandelions(teehee)

  • Y r dumb dude bread is made from mostly dry ingredients so if u think that 1 slice of bread will rot just from ditting on the counter ur either a [(retard)] or you poop on your counter causing your intestenal bacteria to eat the bread and start to produce methane and sulphur which are the same things that make animals/mammals smell when they die and make up farts

      • Ur an idiot i am a kind person unlike you who can only be rude and stupid ignorant “BUM”

        • You must be a very lonely person, so for that reason I’ll simply excuse your rudeness and make allowances for you, claiming you’re a kind person you have a very nasty way of showing just how kind you are, as I said I will make allowances and not make any more remarks as I would normally offer too support people like you, but I think in this case I have more important things going on. Take care

          • You seem to have a very, very, limited vocabulary and in case you don’t know what that big word means: very small way of expressing yourself. I do feel really sorry for you. I do hope you can and do manage to take care of yourself. Keep smiling

          • Stupid idiots always try to end the conversation thinking that their winning but in reality ur just some gay weirdo sitting with their laptop watching faggots porn all day long

          • Dear jiffybiffy, would you please stop looking in the mirror and judging all others by what you see of yourself. The same applies to what you watch on your laptop, don’t judge others by your own standards, that’s if you have any left.

          • hiya Irene, You could be wasting your time trying to educate this… whatever (JennyBiffy) ?!? With a byline like ‘roblox’, it could well be a programme.

          • Hi Mic, You’re probably right, tho I ‘m not trying to educate her, just letting her know that I won’t be intimidated by anyone or thing.

          • Hiya Irene, Your bravodo sounds very African – ‘do or die’ – whatever, GOOD for you, do what is necessary, …in one way, it’s quirky knowing how some things survive, …on what !??!.

          • I just can’t stand reading their horrible grammar, but yes, their rudeness is annoying as well.

  • There are strict guidelines as to where supermarkets store/display their products. So if you want to know how certain foods should be stored then follow their lead. This article simply states where certain items should be stored for best consumption but if you want to put bread etc in the fridge, nobody’s telling you not to.

  • The author of this article must have a bar fridge in the family kitchen. I think they think twice before they even put milk in the fridge! ?

  • Look at the label on things like pickles. . . they tell you that once open, they *should* be refrigerated. . . and thrown out after a few weeks! They do not pickle things at high enough temperatures toi preserve them nowadays.
    Bread keep well in the fridge – often for a week or so! And how do you serve the traditional chilled melon if you *don’t* keep it in the firdge?
    This article, imho, is total nonsense and a thorough waste of space!

  • OMG…. As a certified Culinarian, reading half of these makes me want to pull out my hair because of how false SOME of the information is. For instance, if you leave eggs out of refrigeration they lose an entire grade level (AA to B) every 12-24 hours but in the refrigerator will lose a grade after 2 weeks (AA to A). Once an egg hits grade B eggs, they’re only good for hard boiling because the whites start to dissipate and can’t hold the yolk in place for anything else!! Grade C and beyond, you might as well bake with them (by day 3 without refrigeration). Also, don’t blanch your basil before you freeze it, the water added will cause ice crystal expansion within the cell walls which will turn your herbs into mush.
    If your not sure about a product then read the lables, they’ll tell you if refrigeration is a must. Fruit, veggies, and melons don’t go in the fridge for storage unless you are chilling them to eat them chilled soon. They give off gases and need to breathe or they’ll ripen too fast and start to decay meaning, cover fruit and vegetables if you want them to ripen for a quicker use. The gases are part of the ripening process and refrigeration will kill your fresh products quality.
    This article made alot of good points, I’m just stating where to be advised of misinformation.

    • I was confused about the egg one. I didn’t believe that one. Our eggs stay in the fridge, plus we buy all organic so our foods have no preservatives anyways.

    • You say “half of these makes me want to pull out my hair because of how false SOME of the information is” but only give 2 examples while seeming to agree with 90% of the article by stating “Fruit, veggies, and melons don’t go in the fridge for storage…” What’s all the other tons of false information?

      By the way, I lived in France for 2 months and been to Italy and Spain a few times in my life and most people leave eggs out of the fridge for days and they’re always perfect no matter how they’re used. These were always eggs hatched by their own animals from their farms so maybe that’s the difference relative to the utter, atrocious junk most people in North America eat (including most “organic” stuff).

      • Because half way through the post I realized people are stubborn and people have certian ways they’re used to or taught…. I don’t want to go through every single little detail of what may or may not, by other consumer’s opinions, be safe or unsafe…. Edible or inedible. I gave my professional (servsafe standards) insight on the major ones that I know for a fact are very dangerous (eggs and salmonella), if not handled correctly, will not produce a product safe or satisfactory for consumption, or will not be the way it was intended to be consumed (sellers opinion). Just because you’ve been somewhere or lived some where does not make you an expert on a matter. I’m French classically trained and have a background in all regional cuisines, does that mean i know more than everyone?? No but it does give lead way that what I was taught was and is culinary standard for each cuisine I was taught including their food handling practices. I’ve trained in Naples, Paris, Hong Kong, Denmark, Florence, Kuwait, Mexico, Jamaica and Argentina…. I am currently working on my food science degree to be certified as a food scientist (certified executive research scientist with the ACF) and July of next year I will be going to Wales to train with a World renowned Certified Master Chef. All of this sound fine and dandy but stubborn people will still think they know it all and keep arguing about dairy products outside of refrigeration even if it says it on the side of the carton. I myself tend to keep butter or pickles out on the table…. To each his/own!! PS, i grow my own produce (untouched by any chems) and get eggs straight off of the farm, the eggs still have the same shelf life as if it was from a store. In Canada they just seem to last longer due to higher safety practices but that’s only a theory since I know their food grading standards are more strict than USDA.

  • I want to sleep in my fridge! Next one I buy should be the size of my living room.

  • It started out like real information being presented. Harold McGee and several food growers boards recommendations. Then we got to pickles, lol.

      • Why are you saying “WTF?!”? Is it because your brain can’t handle hearing something that differs from your beliefs and/or what you’ve been told all your life? That’s called being ignorant and closed-minded.

        I lived in France for 2 months and been to Italy and Spain a few times in my life and most people leave eggs out of the fridge for days and they’re always perfect no matter how they’re used. These were always eggs hatched by their own animals from their farms so maybe that’s the difference relative to the utter, atrocious junk most people in North America eat (including most “organic” stuff).

  • While i can agree with many of the sugestions here, i would like to point to the fact that the Internet is worldwide read. So my own “roomtemperature” is the whole year around 30° Celsius = 86° Farenheit. As I lived in the Swiss Mountains this was another Story… So Back to common sense: just try things out, if it works for you..ok then. For ex. i found out long time ago, that carrots last in my fridge a Month! fresh and crunchy if I put them in a plastic bag and take the exess air out of it. Other discoveries with high room temps are that basil in a cup of water on a shelve in my kitchen lasts fresh for some 4 days, some of them even grow roots if you change the water every day.. same with chives with some roots on it. I usually transfer them after growing some roots into my window- flowerpots : change the water! Parsley in a cup of water go into the fridge… outside they last one -two days… in fridge 4-5 days. just make shure its just enough water to reach all the stems. About chocolate: It allways depends for what market they where produced for. As an ex. in Switzerland they have different recipes for winter and for summer… if you bring swiss chocolate in swiss winter in a flight to brazil’s summer, before you get out of the airport you can allmost drink it! if you put it then in the fridge, it turns grey like a mold and hard, the taste changes dramaticly.

  • The best way to stop food from spoiling – any food – is to have a couple of teenagers in the home. This is NOT however, the best way to preserve food.

  • If any perishable food has enough preservatives to keep it out of fridge – don’t eat it. Period.
    Canned meats done right are brought to temperatures that kill all bacteria and airtight sealed in that environment. If anything else is used to prevent bacterial growth on meats – don’t buy it.

  • I disagree about refrigerating basil, i keep many things refrigerated once cut by putting them in a clean glass jar with a screw top. I tested basil and it the texture was as cut (home-grown) 4 days later. The problem with basil is getting to fresh enough at home. So grow it. A cut avocado also keeps in a jar for a day, maybe put lemon juice on cut edge. A half banana, if left in skin, will keep a day without browning. I keep carrots in a fridge very well, i put a cotton cloth around them, they attract water and rot unless wrapped in a cloth or paper.

  • The title says 29 foods, yet 15 are listed. What are the other 14?

    I wonder what the author’s first language is? ‘Cause it doesn’t seem to be English. Several syntax oddities give it away.

  • More pro tips:
    – hot chocolate…it will lose its hotness!
    – Sunglasses…because you’ll never fucking find them there
    – Rabbits…they freeze easily

  • Ripen banana should be put into the refrig, frozen and use it the make smooties with other fruits by blending. The skin of the banana have many health benefits like skin and seeds of other fruits.
    Why people get sick and disease, because they throw away the best part of a fruit as the skin and the seeds are the best in health value.

  • Heinz ketchup label ‘once opened store in refrigerator’ and ‘Tasting great on just about anything, it is free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives, guaranteeing that it will still be the nation’s favourite for another 100 years.’

  • Dentures are really good kept in the fridge overnight….even the most miserable of mornings is made brighter when you reach for the breakfast milk and are greeted with a smile as you open the refrigerator door….

  • Huffington Post has a picture of cheese with mold that links to this post. Dumb HP signs you run your site on the backs of a bunch of underpaid “interns”?

  • That whole thing is, without question, the biggest load of rubbish I have ever read – anywhere, any time – in my entire life and I’ve been around for a long, long time. Whoever wrote it could usefully go back to school and learn to write decent English instead of overloading the Net with nonsense!

  • It actually tells us on tomato sauce and some of these items to refrigerate and only keep for 6 weeks etc

  • Most of these are right,but for someone who need to walk almost 5KM to get fresh food,no thanks i won’t go every two day’s

    3 year’s pickle…are you ****ing kidding me!?!

    just a big wathever…

  • U lost me at eggs. Whoever follows this list in it’s entirety is going to have a kitchen full of bugs lol

  • They say there is no need to keep flower in the fridge….. But it does keep small annimals like weavels at bay!

  • They say it’s wise to keep eggs out of the fridge!? If the eggs have ever been refrigerated they have to stay that way. A cold egg left out at room temperature can sweat, facilitating the movement of bacteria into the egg and increasing the growth of bacteria. Refrigerated eggs should not be left out more than 2 hours! Can’t believe this article. Only if you bought your eggs unrefrigerated is it safe to leave them out

  • fail on the bread…bread lasts much, much longer without moulding if kept in the fridge. Fresh bread should NOT be put in there, but after about a day or so, the fridge is the place for it

  • “Also, placing the avocado in your fridge should only be done if the avocado is already ripe and you won’t use it right away.”
    Yeah, that isn’t something that should NEVER be put in the fridge even by the description given.
    I’ve also read that bananas can be kept in the fridge to slow ripening, so again not a case of never.
    Other foods listed mention putting them in the fridge in some situations, e.g. chocolate, pineapple, papaya, green beans, yogurt, butter.
    So yeah, list of foods to never put in a refrigerator is not quite correct, some of these are just foods that don’t always need to be put in a refrigerator.

  • Actually, refrigerator will speed up the ripen of bananas rather than slow down. Placing bananas in the refrigerator will shorten the preserve time.

  • Well from experience eggs last alot longer in the fridge (so far tested up to 2 months out of date on various occasions) while at room temperature outside the winter months eggs got found off as little as 2 weeks out of date (sooner on one instance). Can’t say I noticed any difference in taste between refrigerated and non-refrigerated eggs though.

  • The answer to this is surprisingly simple: turn the fridge off, and get rid of it. Get the milkman to deliver milk, and walk a few yards regularly to your local grocer, and cancel your gym fees, and scrap the car. hen leave work, because of the saved expenses, and plant some fruit trees, vegetable garden and get a cow; enjoy the leisure.
    If the grocer closed down because of a supermarket, then move to a decent place like Syria, with its plentiful small organic farms, and campaign against regime change bombing/NATO’s Al-Queda contingent.

  • So basically don’t put anything in the fridge. When talking about peanut butter you say to keep jam in the fridge, and then you have a point about jam not needing to be kept in the fridge. The labels say to refrigerate after opening. Samewith tomato sauce (Australian versionof ketchup).

  • All fifty two in a list would be faster and less expensive data wise than page after page. I guess the advertising must come before common sense… I gave up at the pumpkin.

  • The best way to get your bananas to ripen at various times is to choose various shades of green thru yellow. Leave them out on the counter. Eat the yellow ones first, then the others as they ripen up from their green state. This way you can get some for the whole week and not lose any to rot. Btw, make sure to break the bananas out of the bunch and into individual bananas. If you keep them in a bunch, they ripen too fast. Also, dont freak out and toss out a banana if it looks “bruised” and think its rotted. A lot of times if you pull down the peel it may not even be messed up at all! Just like onions and ears of corn, bananas can fake you out with looking discussing, when they are actually at peak flavor! Enjoy!

  • Seems we missed this: Fridging bananas changes the flavor/texture, even if many don’t notice. Ideally, I’d put in fridge for 5 minutes b4 consuming, but in NYC THAT CAN BE 1 minute in freezer. LoL

  • XX The cold temperatures actually slow down the ripening process of the bananas.XX

    Yess! THAT is the whole fucking IDEA!

  • A good idea for people like those who put a thing like this to say , Throw the Damn Refrigerator out of your home and save a place in the kitchen for a nice good looking long legged lady to stand there. Lol… WTF is wrong with ya people

  • I have got fed up with loading this list one page at a time, my internet is not fast, why can’t they just load the whole lot in one go, and do we really need pictures of things like ketchup bottles, we all know what they look like, I am going to look at something faster.

    Is it just me that can’t find the rest of the list after Bananas? Healthyleo seems to be quite sick!
    Never again.

  • If you’re living in a very hot and humid country, with produce invariably refrigerated before reaching the markets as nothing can be grown locally, most of this doesn’t apply. There are very few exceptions like preserved sauces and jams, yes you can keep them out.

  • – why on earth would you put that in the fridge ?;
    – the disqus(ion) is about foodstuff that needs refrigeration
    or not;
    – but, apart from the choice of words, you’re quite correct;
    – what one refrigerates is a personal choice, ask any Inuit.

    • Your comment has nothing to do with anything Tony said. Looks like you responded to the wrong comment.

  • If eggs have been washed and/or previously refrigerated they should be kept refrigerated. The reason they keep eggs at room temperature in Europe is they are not washed or previously refrigerated.

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  • To keep them from browning so fast, take a piece of aluminum foil and put it at the top of the whole bunch (where we grab it)and keep it on there. Works 100%

  • The article suggestions aren’t applicable everywhere. For example in Europe we have a lot more foods without any preservatives added, and the list of them is getting longer each year. Ketchups, mustards, jams, dressings, sauces, and many other kinds of processed foods are free from preservatives, so after being open, they should be stored in fridge. Also it’s really important where you live, what kind of climate, to decide whether to keep your food in or outside the fridge. Your taste will also determine the need to use fridge or not. I will never eat room temperature melon or other juicy fruits during hot summer. Will you?

    • Same for me. We try to cut preservatives from our diet because they fuck with the metabolism, & the air is always humid.

  • Best not to keep your dead Aunt in the fridge even though it’s cheaper than contacting a undertaker.

  • I had no idea so many people are clueless enough to do some of these things. Am I the only person whose parents taught them to correctly store food? Perhaps because my mother grew up during the depression. At any rate, I will now start storing my potato chips in the fridge and my milk on the counter to ripen.

  • If saving a partial onion, it is best to coat it with butter or olive oil while in a plastic bag in the fridge.

    • I routinely put half onions back into the fridge in a zip-loc bag. Not only do they store just fine for weeks and even months, but a lot of times they start growing new plant material in the bag.

      I had this one that I called “the zombie onion” because I had it for like 4 months and I would cut little pieces off of it and put it away. Every time it was still crunchy and fresh tasting. It just would not die.

  • Can I at least put my socks, pillow and sheets in the fridge then?
    Also if I use an oxygen mask, can I keep the salami in the fridge? I am really curious.

  • Well. I live in Holland. Food thrown away…Every day..supermarkets grocery shops. U can feed 5.000.000 people ….sad

  • Didn’t know that about onions, garluc, & tomatoes. But I did on avocados & peaches; as sokn as they have any kind of give, I put them in the fridge to lrevent them from rotting overnight.

    My peanutbutter, though, says to refridgerate after opening.

  • Apple keep really well in the fridge. A lot of apples you buy may have been in cool storage for quite some time before they appear on the shelves and it stops them going soft..

  • On the page: ‘6 Deadly Foods Most of Us Have in Their Kitchen’ it shows a photo of avocados… yet avocados aren’t even on the list. VERY misleading!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Do we really need to be told this??? Weren’t we well instructed by our grandmothers!!!!

  • These articles never seem to consider location. If you live in a hot country you simply cannot keep some of these out of the fridge.

  • Matter could be condensed into fewer pages. I stopped reading on 6th. The constant change of page, and the excess of ads is a discouragement to the continuity of the reading. (translated into English through “google translate”).

  • Did anyone notice this site does not have a ssl certificate? It could be unsafe to browse and you could easily be hacked. Not surprising that the stuff posted is utter rubbish. I freeze my old bananas and use to make banana ice cream. Also put in fridge stops them from ripening too fast. Im outta here then. bad site, even worse advice

  • The Carrots one I do strongly disagree… in fact as a Restaurant owner, I do keep Carrots for weeks in the fridge end they stay perfectly crunchy and fresh, if you use a plastic bag. It will keep them from drying and the cold keeps them from ripening. Im doing this also at home for ages. Without the plastic bag, they are limp in one two days.

    • it’s one hell-of-a-good brewing cabinet for home-brew beer (like 20c /pnt (obviously when switched off))

  • To ripen pears you just close tight in a PAPER bag in a cupboard for a few days…….

  • This is click bait bullshit. Half of the items they listed are totally fine in the refrigerator and last longer that way, for example eggs, peanut butter, and salad. Who the fuck doesn’t put salad in the refrigerator?!

  • When i buy more than I am going to eat immediately, I let them ripen until they start developing black marks.

    I then peel them and use a hand pump and special reusable poly bags to store them. Out of the presence of Air, they will stop ripening and, as they are peeled directly before beng packed, can pick up no mold spores.

    They DO sometimes end up a little ‘mushy’ after the vacuum packing, but as I only eat them in my morning porridge or in a mashed banana sandwich, it makes no odds.

    I do the same with other fresh fruit and Vegetable.

  • IF you can’t list the foods without making me click “next” a zillion times then it is not worth my time. I refuse to click ‘next’ to read an entire article. I don’t care how good you think it is; it’s not that good to me.

  • I live in Thailand and the average life of a banana outside the fridge is 2 days. Place them in a zipped plastic bag and put them in the veg compartment. They will then last for a week. The skins look horrible but the fruit is perfect.

  • So, tried the not putting carrots and tomatoes in the refrigerator. That went over very well, as within two days, they were all rotten. Thanks internet.