12 Things You're Storing In The Fridge But Probably Shouldn't

It's time to chill. Just not these particular foods.

Confused about what does and doesn't need to go in the fridge? Sick and tired of your friends, family or housemates mocking your food storage choices?

You've come to the right place. We've shone the spotlight on some sneaky edible and non-edible items that leave most people stumped when it comes to the fridge-or-pantry quandary.

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In all seriousness, if you are tossing up between the fridge or pantry it's a good idea to simply check the label. That's why you learned to read, after all!

Here we go, here are 12 surprising things you don't need to refrigerate:

Potatoes

Spuds don't like to be too cold as it affects their flavour, so store them in the pantry in paper bags -- plastic traps moisture and speeds decay. Most varieties should last up to three weeks.

Garlic

Store your vampire-vanquishing vegetable in the pantry -- pick a possie with good airflow -- where it'll last for up to two months.

Bread

If you like dried out bread then, by all means, pop it in the fridge. If not, keep it in the pantry or a quaint bread bin. If you know you won't get through the whole loaf in less than a week, keep out what you will eat then freeze the rest.

Tomatoes

These cheeky bad boys can stay on the bench where they’ll last for about three days, as long as they're not in a plassie bag. Chuck 'em in a paper bag -- preferably with a banana -- to speed up ripening.

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Onions

Keep these pantry-dwellers in their original mesh bag -- or any bag or basket that allows for air circulation. Onions hate potatoes 'cause they 'sweat' moisture and gases that can cause onions to rot. So keep them apart.

Coffee

Popping your java -- whether ground or in bean form -- in the fridge or freezer to keep it fresh sounds like a good idea but you risk pesky condensation ruining the flavour. Best to keep it in an airtight container in the pantry.

Vegemite

V-mite is pretty salty and therefore well-preserved, so it'll do just fine in the pantry.

Fruit

Where you put your fruit depends on what it is. Apples, oranges, bananas and the like are best kept on the bench or pantry, while 'soft' fruit like berries, figs and grapes like to chill in the fridge.

Chocolate

Oh, the controversy surrounding where to keep your choccie. Some people swear by the fridge, others are staunch pantry supporters. According to Cadbury, your family block is fine in the pantry.

Booze

While everyone can agree a beer is best from the fridge, there's some debate over chilling spirits and wine. At the end of the day, it's up to you -- if a cold glass of red is your jam, then you do you. The one rule is to keep all booze out of direct sunlight and at roughly the same temperature.

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Batteries

There's a bit of a myth that keeping batteries nice and cold -- eg. in the fridge -- will make their charge last longer but really that is just a myth. They'll do just as fine in a cool, dark drawer where they won't get too hot or too cold.

Nail polish

As with batteries, your mum or gran might've told you to keep your nail polish collection in the fridge to make it last longer and prevent dryness but it can actually cause it to thicken. Pop your polishes in a drawer or bathroom cupboard, away from direct sunlight.

Plus, a few things that should go in the fridge:

Tomato sauce

Tomato sauce, ketchup, whatever you call it, it needs to be refrigerated after opening. It says so on the bottle -- don't shoot the messenger, guys.

Butter

The jury is still out on this one TBH -- butter is typically really high in fat and salt so it should be A-OK left out on the bench. When temperatures soar, as they oft do in Aus, you might consider the fridge to prevent melting.

Mayonnaise

Most mayo -- particularly if it's got egg in it -- should go in the fridge to avoid nasty surprises.

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