Refrigerators have been making foods last longer since the 1830s. But not everything stays fresh in the fridge. In fact, some foods taste better and last longer when stored at room temperature.
Listed below are 23 foods that you don’t have to refrigerate:
Garlic – Garlic tends to deteriorate more quickly if kept in a cold, moist environment. It’s best to store garlic in a dry area at room temperature. Keep it away from direct sunlight.
Nuts – Cooler temperatures help nuts maintain their natural oils but can also diminish their flavors. If you regularly eat nuts, place them in an airtight container and put that in your pantry.
Honey – Honey gets too thick if it’s refrigerated because low temperatures cause it to crystallize faster.
Butternut squash – Moisture inside the refrigerator can greatly alter the quality of butternut squash. It’s best to keep it whole on the counter at room temperature. Once it’s cut, it can be stored in the refrigerator for three to four days or frozen for a whole year.
Onion – Refrigerating onions can cause them to spoil quicker. Keep them in a cool, dark and dry place. Once cut, it’s best to keep them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Read more…