It’s a widely accepted notion that food always stays fresher longer if it’s refrigerated. However, some things are better left at room temperature. Here are five items that people commonly refrigerate but shouldn’t!
Tomatoes grow in the heat and continue to love the heat after they’re plucked from the vine. Storing tomatoes in the fridge will make them mealy and mushy. Instead, keep tomatoes on your counter and out of direct sunlight.
Like tomatoes, basil also loves the heat. Keeping it refrigerated for an extended period of time causes it to wilt. Keep basil on your counter in a cup of water, away from direct sunlight.
Store potatoes in a paper bag to allow breathing in a cool location like a pantry. Storing potatoes in the fridge causes their starch to turn to sugar faster.
Keep onions in a cool, dry, and well-ventilated place, like a pantry. Too much moisture from the refrigerator will cause them to spoil faster.
Avocados that have not yet ripened belong on the counter to soften. Once they’re ripe, refrigerating them can make them last longer.
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