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What Foods Don’t Need To Be Stored In The Fridge?

Dare We Say The Answer Might Surprise You

Ever wondered if the food you were keeping in the fridge really belonged there? Maybe you were staring at a half-eaten tub of yoghurt thinking “is that more of a pantry kind of food?” Or maybe you weren’t thinking about that at all and you’re reading this article purely by accident.

Either way, nutritionist Kate Llewellyn-Waters has advice on what foods should and shouldn’t be kept in the fridge. She spoke to the Daily Mail and dropped a whole bunch of food storage advice.

What foods should you never refrigerate? Well, Kate says to NEVER put a whole bunch of fruit and veg in the fridge. “There are some fruit and veg that you should never refrigerate, including: kiwi, mangoes, lemon, lime, peaches, apples, pears, watermelon, potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, oranges, cucumbers, plums and garlic.” But we would counter that suggestion with: but what if you want all those things to be cold?

Here’s an even better question about that list: who is out there refrigerating potatoes that needed to be told not to do that?

Other foods that shouldn’t be kept in the fridge: bananas (because they go all brown and blotchy), bread (because they dry out), coffee (sure, but, nobody was doing that) and she also adds that you shouldn’t refrigerate olive oil (which really makes it seem like Kate is staring into her pantry and just naming items that have never been in the fridge).

Things that should be kept in the fridge after they’ve been opened: Kate says “Jams, fruits spreads, maple syrup, sauces, such as tomato sauce, soy sauce, horseradish and mustard, should all be refrigerated after the item has been opened or partly used.” So a list of items where you should just keep doing what you’re already doing. Continue to read the words:’ refrigerate after opening’ and stick with it.

As for foods that you should always refrigerate, yeah, you’ve guessed it, it’s a list of items you always put in the fridge. “Many of the foods that you should always refrigerate are fruit and vegetables, including berries, such as blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries, as well as apricots, cherries, figs, grapes, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, green beans, mushrooms, spinach and sweet corn.”

Kate also adds that meat, fish, dairy and leftovers should also be stored in the fridge. Righto. So, we’re not going to be leaving our meats in the cutlery drawer or storing fish on the windowsill? Got it.