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Tips - The foods you should never put in fridge/freezer

Nov 17, 2016

During the summer our fridges are crammed full of extra goodies but there are some shelf hoggers than need to be evicted.

This guide is called 'Nine Things You Shouldn't Store In The Fridge'.

So what are the nine things that should not be kept there and why? Here's the rundown:

1. Bread

It dries and goes stale faster in an airless fridge than in the bread bin. To keep it fresher for longer, use a bread bag in a cool, dry place.

2. Onions

Ditch the salad draw and pick a dry, ventilated area and keep it dark to avoid them sprouting. In the fridge, their aroma can taint other foods.

3. Garlic

Also needs to be kept in a dry, ventilated area to last longer. The fridge does nothing to help it stay fresh for longer.

4. Avocados

Best kept in open brown bags if you don't want them to ripen too quickly. If you do want to speed up the ripening process, put them in the fruit bowl next to a banana instead.

5. Tomatoes

The colder they get, the more of their natural taste they tend to lose. The best tasting tomatoes are those kept at room temperature.

6. Honey

Literally the only food that never goes off, so there is absolutely no need for it to go anywhere except in the food cupboard.

7. Cake

With the exception of those made with real cream, almost all others will last for just as long in an airtight container.

8. Melons

Uncut, the fruits do not need to take up all that space on a fridge shelf. Once it's been cut, wrap it in clingfilm and put it in the fridge - but not before.

9. Coffee

Although some foodies insist on having it stored cold, coffee actually absorbs the smells of other foods around it in the fridge. Best kept in an airtight container instead.