While cooling most foods helps to preserve them, there are some foods that need to be kept at room temperature such as the following.
The colder the apple, the less crisp it will be. Apples will last a couple of weeks in room temperature. Then they can be stored in the fridge for three to five days longer.
A fridge is helpful if the avocado is at perfect ripeness. This will sustain it for a couple of days. Otherwise, it’s best to eat the avocado when they are perfectly ripe.
Although refrigeration may help them last a few days longer, it also tends to promote the growth of mold. It is better to eat them right away than putting them in storage.
Many people put bread in the fridge to slow the growth of mold. However, this dries out the bread. Instead, put it inside a bread drawer or pantry. For long term storage, freeze the bread and then toast it when needed.
Keeping it in the refrigerator will cause the spread to harden and lose its flavor. Instead, keep it on the shelf and unopened if possible.
Putting coffee beans in the refrigerator will cause condensation that reduces the strength and taste of the coffee. Keep them in an airtight container on the shelf or countertop.
That familiar pungent taste will fade quickly when stored in a refrigerator. It’s better to keep them at room temperature inside a paper bag that offers some ventilation.
Honey may last for years when set out on a table or on the countertop. Putting it in the fridge will cause it to harden. However, you can restore it by placing the honey bottle in warm water.
In this case, hot sauce will not suffer if you keep it chilled in the fridge. However, it is unnecessary because of the presence of vinegar which stops the growth of bacteria.
This applies to watermelons, honeydew, and cantaloupes as they taste best when stored whole at room temperatures. Only when cut open should you put them in a refrigerator.
The fridge will keep the oils inside from turning sour, but it will also cause them to lose their unique taste. Instead, put them in an air-tight container as that will preserve them better.
You’ll want to avoid direct sunlight, but onions should be kept at room temperature. The cold will make them spoil faster if they are still whole. If they are cut, then put them in plastic bag and place in the vegetable drawer in the refrigerator.
Although potatoes benefit from being in a cool, dark room. A refrigerator is too cold because it will break down the starch and turn the sugar, creating an unpleasant taste.
Apricots, nectarines, peaches, and plums should be kept in a paper bag on the shelf. A fridge might buy a couple of days, but no more.
Tomatoes lose their flavor and texture when kept in the fridge. Instead, keep them on the counter, but eat them quickly as they will continue to ripen. If you cook them, then they can be stored in the refrigerator.