Foods You Probably Have in Your Fridge but Shouldn’t

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Most of us think of our refrigerator as a sort of food sanctuary, a place where we can put food and drink and it will never go bad. Or at least they won’t go bad for a long time. But there are plenty of foods that are actually better off on the counter or in a cupboard than in the fridge.

Although you won’t die if you do keep these foods in the fridge, you will probably end up wasting a lot of money. Some foods go bad more quickly, grow mold, or can actually change the way they taste when kept refridgerated.

Keep reading and find out if you are guilty of having any of these foods in your fridge.


1.  Melons

Although melons taste really refreshing when they are cold, they actually are on their best flavor when kept at room temperature. Once you cut them you can feel free to store then in the fridge. This would include watermelons, honeydew, and cantaloupes.


2. Dried Fruits

There is absolutely no need to keep these in the fridge. In fact, unless they are kept in an airtight container, they will only grow mold in the fridge. Store these in plastic bag or some other type of container and keep them in a dry, cool place like a kitchen cabinet or pantry.


3. Peanut Butter

Typical, commercially made peanut butter doesn’t need to be refrigerated. Simply put it in a cool, dark place and it will stay fresh for about 3months. You can refrigerate an opened container if you don’t think you can consume it within 3 months. Peanut butter will keep for about 6 months in the fridge. Homemade peanut butter will be good in the pantry for about 1 month or three months in the fridge. Most people don’t keep their peanut butter around that long, however.


4. Tomatoes

Most people keep tomatoes in the fridge but after about 48 hours, they start to lose their texture and flavor. They are best kept on the counter in a bowl or basket. Be sure to take them out of the plastic bag as they will rot faster. If you need them to ripen faster, place them in a paper bag and leave them on the counter. Your tomatoes will be ripe and ready in just a day or two.

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