Food & Nutrition

12 Surprising Things That Need to Be Refrigerated

Dried fruit

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Sure, the dehydrated version of normal fruit doesn’t spoil as quickly as its more moisture-filled compatriots, but by placing wrinkly prunes, pears, figs, and peaches within the main compartment of your fridge can further maintain its bumpiness for up to six months. On the flip side, here are foods you should not put in the fridge.

Red wine

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Sure some oenophiles poo-poo the idea of cooling your Cabernet but per Wine Spectator’sAsk Dr. Vinny” column, placing a nice Merlot near leftover pizza is a do. “I believe that most red wines are drunk too warm (and that most whites are served too cold). I personally enjoy my reds with a slight chill on them…the equivalent of about 30 minutes in the fridge.” Make sure to read up on how to chill your favorite wine quickly for the perfect taste.

Salsa

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Once that seemingly safe jar full of tomatoes, onions, and garlic is opened? The surrounding temperature will make America’s second favorite condiment susceptible to increased bacteria levels. It will keep fresh in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Apples

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Sir Isaac Newton’s favorite fruit can keep the doctor away, whereas only you can prolong the life of said Honey Crisps by tossing them in the fridge—rather than tastefully arranging them in a bowl atop your kitchen counter—thus increasing their eat-by-date by upwards of a week. Another food tip: You’ve probably been storing these 11 foods wrong this whole time.

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Tortillas

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If Mexican cuisine has taught us anything it’s that fresh is best. Once you break the seal on a bag full of burrito or soft taco wraps, toss ’em in the fridge so as to prolong the packaging’s expiration date. And that—as our south-of-the-border buddies say—is “bueno.” On the flip side, check out these 8 foods that you’re spoiling by keeping them in the fridge.

Ketchup

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The hamburger’s number one helper does have a high acid content which fends off bacteria for a bit, but cool temperatures help maintain flavor and freshness for up to a whopping six months. While you’re at it, check out where to put the rest of your favorite condiments.

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Nail polish

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While ours has been a (mostly) food-related journey, there are a number of beauty products that do better in your fridge, including nail polish. The polish will maintain its colors and consistency for longer, thanks to the cold air.

Avocados

Avocados-Are-About-to-Get-Ridiculously-More-Expensive_263066297_Nataliya-ArzamasovaNataliya Arzamasova/ShutterstockMany people only think to leave their avocados in the fridge if they’re cut in half. But, you should actually be storing your whole avocados in the fridge as well. It can keep them fresh for up to two weeks. To keep half of an avocado fresh for longer, keep the pit in it and sprinkle it with lemon juice before storing. Want to make guacamole now? This is how you can ripen an avocado in under 10 minutes.

Nuts

almondsRuttawee Jai/ShutterstockIf nuts are left out at room temperature the oils will become rancid quicker and it encourages insect growth. If you keep them in the fridge, nuts can stay fresh for up to a year. And, if you store them in the freezer, up to two years.

Olive Oil

carrier-oilDUSAN-ZIDAR/ShutterstockOlive oil can turn bad much quicker when it is exposed to oxygen, light, and heat. Keeping your olive oil in the fridge can help prolong it’s shelf life.

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