In most homes, refrigerator space is at a premium. So donít stuff this prime, cooling real estate with food that shouldnít be refrigerated.
Here are 13 items you don’t need to chill.
Avocado: Avocado ripens best on a counter. Donít put it in the fridge unless you want to keep it for over a week.
Banana: Refrigeration will slow the ripening process and turn skins brown. Itís best to store on the counter. And if you miss peak ripeness and the banana goes soft, freeze it for smoothies.
Bread: Keep bread on the counter, where youíll remember to eat it within 4-5 days. Or freeze surplus slices.
Butter: Unless you like your butter rock hard, you donít have to store it in the fridge. Place butter in a covered butter dish and keep it on the table.
Coffee: Your fridge’s moisture will cause coffee to deteriorate. Instead, store it in an air-tight, glass or ceramic container.
Fresh Eggs: There is a lot of controversy about storing eggs in the fridge to prevent salmonella poisoning. And many say that American eggs are particularly susceptible to this bacteria because of the way chickens are raised and eggs are cleaned. But, many say that eggs fresh from your coop need no refrigeration.
Garlic: Best stored loose in the pantry. It tends to get moldy in fridges.
Hot Sauce: Even after itís opened, vinegar-based hot sauce will be happy to sit in the pantry for years.
Honey: Unless you like your honey crystallized Ė and why would you? Ė keep it out of the fridge and into the pantry, where it will stay good indefinitely.
Ketchup and Mustard: Take a hint from diners, which keep opened bottles of condiments on tables.
Onions: Keep them in their original mesh bags that allow for ample circulation, which onions need to stay fresh. Keep away from potatoes and aluminum foil, which do not play well with onions.
Potatoes: Refrigeration actually changes the taste of potatoes, and not for the better. Place them in a paper sack, and store in a cool, dry place.
Soy Sauce: All the salt in soy sauce makes it last a long time outside the fridge.
Tomatoes: They get mealy in the refrigerator. Store in a bowl on the counter. If they still need ripening, place in a paper bag or on a window sill.