10 Unlikely Foods That You Should Always Keep In Your Fridge

There’s not too much debate on what should be kept in or out of your fridge. We all know meat should always be kept in the fridge to prevent spoiling, but what about some of those items in your pantry? Are all of them safe in a warmer environment?

Here’s a list of eight unlikely foods that you should always keep in your fridge:

Medication is not food, but it since you digest it and it keeps your body functioning normally, it might as well should be. Practically everyone I know stores all their medication in their medicine cabinet. The storage area in your bathroom is called that for a reason, but there’s actually certain types of medication that will last longer if it’s stored in the fridge.

For example, any type of medication containing probiotics need to be kept in the fridge to prevent heat and moisture from killing the good bacteria.

Insulin, penicillin, aspirin, and amoxicillan are other popular medications that you need to make some room for in the fridge.

If you want to enjoy the sweet taste of corn on the cob, store it in the fridge right when you get home to slow down the chemical process that works to change the flavor.

Experts recommend storing olive, sesame, and walnut oil in the fridge to extend its shelf life.

If you’re like me and buy beef jerky in bulk, keep packets of the cured meat in the fridge if they’re not going to be consumed in a couple days.

Jerky stays fresh when no oxygen gets to it, so once you open that package, make sure you put it in the fridge before it spoils.

Store your mixed nuts in a sealed bag in the fridge to prevent them from becoming stale. The healthy oils will start to taste unpleasant if they’re left out for too long.

These next ones need to go in your fridge immediately, if they’re not already there!

8 Things You Should Be Keeping In Your Fridge That Definitely Aren’t Food

Refrigerators are meant to store food and keep it fresh longer, but there are other things that would benefit to be in low-temperatures.

Here are eight unlikely items you should always keep in your fridge that are not food.

I love receiving flowers, but it’s upsetting that they don’t last for very long. Every good florist knows that cut flowers stay fresh longer when kept in the fridge overnight, but that’s something most of them don’t tell you. So before you go to bed, put the vase with your flowers in the fridge to make them last longer, then take it out in the morning. You don’t look at the flowers at night anyway!

Frozen foundation is the last thing you need when you desperately need to cover the imperfections on your face, but at least it will save you money from having to buy another foundation once yours goes bad. The trick here is to put your foundation in the fridge for only a short amount of time. Once you remove it from your fridge, wait at least an hour before you apply it onto your face.  

Store your candles in a sealed bag and put them in a refrigerator. This will make them burn slower and last longer. If you’re worried about your candles cracking, leave them out for a bit before you burn the wick.

Instead of overwashing your expensive denim, put them in the freezer when they start to get a little smelly. The bacteria will be killed off once the denim starts to freeze. Don’t worry, no harm will be done to your jeans. This also works for shoes and clothes with sticky stains. You can easily peel whatever is stuck on your clothes once it’s been frozen.

10 Foods That You Should Never Keep In The Fridge

Whenever we don’t know where something should be kept, we just throw it in the fridge because what could it hurt, right? Not right. Here’s a list of things that surprisingly don’t go in the fridge:

1. Hot Sauce

It won’t hurt to keep hot sauce in the fridge, but it doesn’t need to be there, so make room in your fridge and keep it in the cupboard. Hot sauces are usually full of vinegar, which will prevent any bacterial growth. Much like other foods, the heat of the chili will also be much more potent if it’s kept at room temperature.

2. Cucumber

This was the item I was most surprised about. UC Davis in California did a study of cucumbers and concluded they should be stored at room temperature as cold can injure them by making them watery and pitted.

3. Tomatoes

The best place to keep tomatoes is on the counter. The fridge can cause damage to the membrane of the tomato, making them watery and mealy.