You've Been Refrigerating These 10 Foods the Wrong Way Your Entire Life | 22 Words

Bread

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One thing you should know is that while fridges do preserve certain foods, they are very dry environments since cold air holds less moisture. So you're just making your bread go stale faster by refrigerating it. Keep it wrapped up on the counter or in a breadbox.

Eggs

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If they're farm fresh eggs, you'll do just fine keeping them out for a week or so. If they're not farm fresh, you'll want to refrigerate them to reduce the risk of salmonella.

Bananas

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Keep them out of the fridge. They go brown much faster. They ripen and taste better when they're stored at room temperature.

Pickles

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These are just a matter of preference. They are made to be preserved, so setting them out in a cabinet is completely fine. But if you like them cold, storing them in the fridge doesn't hurt!

Hot Sauce

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No one seems to know what to do with bottles of hot sauce. The acid and vinegar preserve them very well at room temperature, and the cold fridge air might actually dilute the acidity, so take them out!

Melons

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As long as they're whole, leave 'em out! The fridge is so dry that it can cause their skin to crack, doing more harm than good. They have tough skin, so they're built to last a long time at room temperature.

Soy Sauce

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It's fermented, so preservation isn't an issue, which means leave it out. Even if you live in a hot climate, you'll be good with keeping it out of the fridge.

Garlic, Onions, Potatoes

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The fridge actually softens all of these guys, causing them to spoil faster than if they're left out. So buy yourself some fridge space by leaving them on the counter.

Maple Syrup

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Your real maple syrup can become gritty and break down in cold environments, so this is another one you'll want to keep in a cabinet, not the fridge.

Cake

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Definitely out of the fridge! It will dry out very quickly in that cold atmosphere. To keep it fresh, leave it out and put wax paper, foil, or cling wrap on the exposed edges to prevent dryness. Or just eat it really fast!