There are produces that should be stored in the refrigerator, and then there are produces that shouldn’t. More often than not, we miss the difference and end up storing food in the wrong way, which not only results in spoiled food, but also a smelly refrigerator.

This, however, can easily be avoided with a little awareness and caution. In this blog, we are going to discuss all kinds of food and the best way to store them.

Things That Should Be Kept In The Refrigerator

Most vegetables can be stored in the drawer of your fridge, including broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflowers, lettuce, peas, dark leafy greens, asparagus, chili peppers, corn, eggplants, and more. However, there are some exceptions such as potatoes, tomatoes, and onions that should never be stored.

Some fruits like apricots, avocados, and bananas continue to ripen after they have been picked. Such fruits should be kept in room temperature before putting them in the refrigerator. On the other hand, fruits that are already ripe and won’t ripen any further (blueberries, cherries, and cranberries) should be refrigerated immediately.

Most herbs, especially the tender ones such as cilantro, dill or parsley, should be refrigerated. They should be washed, stored in a sealed mason jar with approximately 1 inch of water and kept in the refrigerator. Likewise, hardy herbs such as rosemary or thyme should be washed, arranged on a damp paper towel, wrapped in a plastic bag and stored in the refrigerator.

Things That Should Be Kept Outside

There are a number of vegetables that are better kept outside. Such vegetables include potatoes, onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, and more. The best way to store them is to keep them in a net bag and place them in a cool and dry place.

Fruits that are stored at room temperature should be removed from any packaging and left loose.

So now that you know where to store what, you can keep your food fresher and your fridge roomier!