3 Ingredients You Should Never Refrigerate

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If you tend to toss everything in the fridge without a second thought, this list is just for you. Some ingredients (like some human beings) are happier when you let them breathe. Here are three kitchen staples that are best kept out of the fridge.


If you’re not into bland tomatoes, you probably don’t want to store them in the fridge, as refrigerating tomatoes can downright ruin their flavor and texture. The best way to go is to keep them at room temperature on the counter, away from direct sunlight.


Storing onions in the fridge can make them mushy and encourage faster spoilage. Instead, it’s recommended to keep them in a cool, dry place with good air circulation (a pantry or a countertop are great options). Also, if you’d like to prevent your onions from sprouting, make sure to keep them away from potatoes.


While it’s tempting to toss avocados in the fridge to slow down their ripening process, it’s actually much better to let them hang out in the open. Once they reach that desired level of softness, it’s okay to refrigerate them for a day or two to extend their shelf life.