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It really common to open someone’s fridge and see a raft of things that, really shouldn’t be in there. This all the more so on large fridges and American style side by side fridge freezers.

Thing is, a lot of people could get a lot more space freed up in their fridges if they didn’t put things in there that should not be there. Now for us, it’s more space for beer and so on but how you use the space is completely up to you.

Here’s the top items often found in fridges that really shouldn’t be in there and, why not.


Refrigerating bread does absolutely nothing to extend the life of it at all.

In fact the opposite is true as it tend to get dried out and turn stale faster than it would kept in a bread bin or bread bag.

Also bread should be stored in a cool dry place. That is not your fridge!


If you have a fresh whole melon it should not be kept in the fridge.

After you cut it up it should then be wiped in cling film and stored in the fridge, normally used within 24 hours or so to get it at its best.


Nope, while they are not ripe they also should not be stored in your fridge either.

After they ripen (no green bits) then they can be stored in your fridge but not before that as they can turn black and go mushy inside if you do.

Avocados are the same deal although they won’t go much as such, they won’t ripen if you put them in your fridge.

Fresh Tomatoes

Once more these should not be stored in the fridge as they tend to keep longer outside it and the flavour is better.

The science behind it says that the cooling actually causes the membranes and stuff to break down inside the fruit and does more harm than good.


Okay hands up, a number of us in the office were guilty of this one!

Apparently keeping potatoes in the fridge isn’t just bad, it’s potentially harmful to us. We didn’t know that and now, we don’t keep the potatoes in the fridge any longer.

The Food Standards Agencys says that, "When these are stored in the fridge, the starch in the potato is converted to sugar. When baked or fried, these sugars combine with the amino acid asparagine and produce the chemical acrylamide, which is thought to be harmful."

So, don’t do it is the advice basically.

All that is needed to store potatoes is a cool dry place, so a dark cupboard that’s cool is all you need.


Fresh cream in it, okay, put it in the fridge.

No fresh cream, don’t.

That’s the simple advice but so long as a cake is in a tin or covered decently like that it won’t last any linger if you put it in your fridge. And, any icing will go brick hard making eating it not so pleasant.


We didn’t get this one at all as, nobody in the office did this but apparently many people do keep their coffee in their fridges.

All you need to do is stick in an airtight container, you don’t and shouldn’t refrigerate it.

Moreover the beans will soak up other smells around them so, you really don’t want all the food smells in your fridge to be in your morning cup of coffee. Not nice.


Like potatoes, cool dark place is all that’s required.

The fridge is not the place for them as they can taint other foods with their odour.

Often we will see onions chucked in with a load of other veg in a storage drawer and, that’s obviously not good.


As with onions, they shouldn’t be in the fridge and, garlic will transfer it’s odour to other things.


Lasts forever, doesn’t need refrigerated.


These are preserves, an ancient way of storing food that would ordinarily not keep long for ages. This method came about long before mankind worked out how to refrigerate stuff in the modern manner so, they were designed for a long shelf life.

You don’t need to keep them in your fridge.


You don’t need to refrigerate it as, it is a preserve after all so the clue’s in the billing.

Peanut Butter

Nope, get it our of your fridge, it’s got no business being in there, ever!

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