10 foods that should not be refrigerated

1. Herbs

Like bread, fresh herbs will also dry out if you store them in the fridge. In fact, the best way to keep them fresh is in a glass of water on your counter, away from sunlight.

2. Honey

Honey can crystallize, but even that can be remedied by placing the bottle in a bowl of warm water. Refrigeration speeds up the crystallization process, so leave your honey in the pantry.

3. Hot sauce

If you rarely reach for the hot stuff, keeping it in the fridge will prolong its life, but if you’re a regular user, hot sauce will last at room temp for months or even years.

4. Melon

Whole melons thrive at room temp in terms of both flavor and keeping antioxidants intact. Once you cut them, they can be safely stored in the fridge.

5. Oils

Avocado, truffle, and sesame oils are all fine in the fridge, but peanut, coconut, canola, and vegetable oils should be kept in the pantry at room temperature.

6. Onions

The cooler conditions actually encourage the uncut onion to get moldy, moist, and mushy, ruining it before you even use it!

7. Peanut butter

Peanut Butter gets hard and You can't spread it without tearing the bread.” Be like Doug, and keep your peanut butter in the pantry, people!

8. Potatoes

Refrigerating or freezing potatoes isn’t advisable, as the starch will turn into sugar and acrylamide. Your best bet is a slightly cool basement or a pantry at room temp.

9. Stone fruit

The flesh of stone fruit like cherries, nectarines, peaches, and plums will get mealy and lose its juiciness if put in the fridge too early. Leave them out at room temperature.

10. Tomatoes

Tomatoes should be stored at room temperature in order to preserve both the taste and texture, which are adversely impacted by cooler temperatures.

Unexpected Items Don't Need Refrigerated