Foods You Probably Have In Your Fridge But Shouldn’t

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5. Onions

Onions that are stored in the refrigerator will quickly become soft and moldy because of the humidity. To keep onions at their freshest and for the longest period of time, keep them in a mesh bag in a cool, dark spot. Once cut, you can store them in a sealed container in the fridge but until then, leave them in a net or mesh bag (pantyhose works well) and store them in the pantry.


6. Winter Squash and Pumpkins

Squashes such as butternut, acorn, spaghetti, and even pumpkins, are best kept at room temperature but out of direct sunlight. Let them decorate your kitchen counters until you are ready to use them.


7. Bananas

What you do with you bananas depends on how ripe they are when you buy them. Green bananas should be kept at room temperature so that they can ripen naturally. Putting them in the fridge stops this process. Ripe, yellow bananas should be kept on the counter if you plan on eating them in the next two or three days. If they start to get brown spots, you can put them in the produce drawer of your refrigerator. Although the skin may turn black as can be, the fruit inside should remain perfectly fine and will be ready to eat whenever you are.


8. Citrus Fruits

Lemons, oranges, limes, and grapefruits should all be kept at room temperature or in a cool, dark place for up to 7 days. If you still haven’t consumed them after that, you can store them for another 7 to 10 days in the produce drawer of your refrigerator.

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