Peaches, Chocolate and Even Honey: A List of Foods That Should Not be Stored in the Refrigerator

Many people are not even aware of the rules for storing certain products. A refrigerator is indispensable in every home, but many people store food in it that does not need it. They will only deteriorate from exposure to cold. Glavred has compiled a list of foods that are not recommended for storage in the refrigerator.


Bananas retain nutrients better outside the refrigerator, and low temperatures slow down the ripening process of these fruits.


After sitting in the refrigerator for a while, onions will eventually become soft, or worse, moldy. One of the reasons why it is not recommended to store unpeeled onions in plastic bags in the refrigerator is the fact that they need air for long-term storage.

As for peeled onions, on the contrary, it is better to store them in containers in the same refrigerator.


Storing honey in the refrigerator is pointless, since it is a natural product and, if it is in a tightly screwed jar, it will last forever. At low temperatures, honey sugars up faster and becomes very hard. After that, you won’t just put a spoonful of honey in your tea.


It is recommended to place chocolate in the refrigerator if it has melted so that it takes on its original shape. But if the bar does not melt at room temperature, then this is not necessary.


Vinegar is a kind of seasoning, and like most of them, it does not require low temperatures. All because of the acidic substances contained in vinegar. Vinegars, which are a bit pickier at room temperature, include herbs, garlic, and onions. If you’re in doubt about whether to put a bottle of vinegar in the fridge, just read the product’s ingredients.

Experts also advise against storing spices, peanut butter, avocado, which is best cut into small pieces, nuts, and dried fruits, as well as salad dressing, peaches, mint, parsley, dill, and basil in a cold place.

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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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