We’ve all had similar experiences– a lot of us think that we should store almost everything inside the fridge to prevent it from rotting and spoiling, while keeping it fresh longer. Although it’s somewhat true, believe it or not, there are some foods that you shouldn’t refrigerate at all, because refrigeration will just shorten their shelf life. Here are some of them.

1. Bread

Most of us are aware that freezing bread is a great way to lengthen its shelf life. Thus, it’s easy to conclude that if we’ll keep it cool inside the fridge, we can also prolong its shelf life even for a short term. Unfortunately, doing that will have an opposite effect. For one, putting bread inside the refrigerator can make it lose its freshness more quickly as compared to leaving it out in warm temperature.

Some food experts suggest that freshly made baked goods, especially bread, must be moist inside, while completely dry on other parts. The most common reason why bread goes stale is when water enters the bread, making it uniformly moist. So, keeping bread in cool temperature, actually contributes to this process. On the other hand, freezing bread will just keep prevent the water from spreading, as it stays in one place.

2. Tomatoes

Keeping the tomatoes inside the fridge won’t do any good at all. Refrigerating them will just cause the tomatoes to lose their flavor. The cold air in the fridge blocks the ripening process, and for those who doesn’t know, it’s what gives the tomato the flavor it has. Also, refrigerating them would alter the texture, as the cold temperature breaks down the membranes inside the fruit.

Tomatoes are best kept in a basket or bowl on the counter top.

3. Onions

Onions contain water and putting them inside the fridge will just make them soft and moldy. Thus, it’s better to store them in a cool, dry place instead. Although chives and scallions should be stored in the fridge, because of their high water content, onions are different. Likewise, keep the onions away from potatoes when storing them in a basket on your kitchen counter.

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