Most of us are used to storing everything in the fridge because we think it’s safe there and can last longer but that’s not always true. Storing some food items at room temperature does not necessarily spoil the taste and quality. It will instead help you free up some space in the fridge. Here are 10 things that don’t to be stored in the fridge…

Onions and Potatoes: They’re better off kept in ventilated areas. But of course, they need to be away from each other in seperate bowls or drawers, as the tubers can make onions rot faster. Putting them in the fridge can make them rot faster.

Tomatoes: Most of us store them in the fridge but that’s the worst place to store your tomatoes, as it can make them rot faster. Again, you can just keep them in a bowl on the kitchen counter.

Bananas: If the bananas have riped you can cut them into small pieces, put them in a container and store it in the freezer to prevent further ripening. Where as, if the bananas are unripe, you can leave them outside in a fruit bowl to ripe.

Cooking Oils: Yes, you may be storing oil packets at room temperature but did you know that nut oils need to be stored in the fridge? Yes, you read that right!

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Honey: This is one food item that can be kept outside for as long as you want and it won’t spoil.

Pulses: Lentils, beans and other pulses need not be refrigerated or the moisture in the fridge can turn the beans to sprouts.

Cakes: No one likes freezed cakes. They taste better when they’re moist and gooey. You can slice and store them at room temperature in an air tight container for over 2-3 days, if it has ganache frosting or even if its unfrosted.

Sauces: Be it hot or mild, sauces such as ketchup, mustard, soy, fish sauce, etc can all be stored in the cabinet for more than a year easily. They do not spoil easily. It will also save you from the constant game of Tetris, trying to move bottles and jars to make space for some more.

Bread: This is something most people go wrong with. Since its made with yeast, people assume that bread has to be stored at a cool temperature. In fact, it’s best when kept at room temperature in a sealed bag. Bread turns stale quicky when kept in the fridge.

Ground Coffee: Coffee powder tends to get sticky with just a touch of water. So its best to store it at room temperature as the high levels of moisture in the fridge can completely spoil it and ruin the taste.

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