• Foods You Should Not Store in the Refrigerator

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    While we like to treat the fridge as a safe-haven for all things food and drink, there are, in fact, foods you should not put in the fridge. Some foods never belong in your refrigerator. Storing these foods in the fridge when you shouldn't can zap or alter their flavor and actually make them go bad faster.

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    Not all food needs to be stored in the fridge. Here are some examples, plus where to keep them instead.

    1. Onions

    Store unpeeled onions in a cool, dry, well-ventilated location. The National Onion Association in the U.S. says unpeeled onions require air exposure to ensure optimum shelf life, so discard their plastic bags. Exception: Peeled onions should be kept in the fridge in a covered container.

    2. Pumpkin

    This requires a well-ventilated location that’s also dry, dark and cool such as the basement, according to the CPMA.

    3. Whole melons

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) found that watermelons lost some of their antioxidant (lycopene and beta-carotene) content when refrigerated. “Antioxidants in foods, including melons, are prone to degradation if they are not stored properly,” says Desiree Nielsen, a Vancouver-based registered dietitian. She suggests leaving whole melons on the counter at room temperature to maintain these antioxidants. Sliced melon should be covered and put in the fridge.

    4. Garlic

    Never store garlic bulbs in the fridge; the CPMA says they can begin to sprout. Instead, store them in a dry, dark place.

    5. Potatoes

    Spuds should be given a dark, cool and dry space, according to the Potato Growers of Alberta. Remove potatoes from their plastic or paper bags, and keep them unwashed in a well-ventilated cardboard box. If you wash potatoes before storing them, the moisture can spark decay.

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