Chill Out



With the springtime growing season in full force, many people will soon have an abundance of fresh veggies and produce. Do you know which to refrigerate and which to leave out? For some items, it’s really a matter of preference. But there are some foods that will actually be ruined if kept in the refrigerator.

The Farmers’ Almanac online has published a helpful article, 18 Foods That Don’t Need The Fridge, to help us know which foods are better left at room temperature. Here are the Top 5 items that it says should not be refrigerated:

  • Tomatoes. These are better kept at room temperature. Refrigerated tomatoes can lose their flavor and texture very quickly.
  • Potatoes/Sweet Potatoes. These garden favorites are best kept in a cool, dry place like a cabinet. A refrigerator is too cold for them!
  • Apples and Pears. Refrigerating these fruits is really a matter of preference; they are fine kept cold, but would probably be best kept at room temperature.
  • Peaches and Plums. Again, best kept at room temperature. This is especially important if they are not ripe yet. Unripe fruits will not ripen in the refrigerator.
  • Oranges, Lemons and Limes. Most citrus fruits should be kept out of the fridge to help their flavors.



What about bread and butter? I bet we all know someone who has strong feelings about both! To see about these and other foods that made the Farmers’ Almanac list, click HERE.

Sources: Farmers’ Almanac,