10 food you shouldn't store in the fridge


Bread dries out and goes stale much more quickly in the fridge, so why would you want to do that?

Instead, store in a cool, dry place. We also like the Lakeland bread bags for getting the best out of your loaf.


Chuck them out of the salad drawer – they don’t belong! These do best in dry, ventilated areas, away from foods they can taint with their aroma.

But, do keep them in a dark place, otherwise they will sprout. And don’t forget that if you only need half an onion, you can freeze the rest.


Yes, it’s easier to find if you’ve popped it in the fridge’s salad drawer, but if you're pushed for space, it's fine in a dry, ventilated area.


Storing avocados in the fridge is a sure fire way to make sure they go from rock hard to mush rather than ripening.

Keep them in open brown bags and, if you need to speed the process up, get them cosied up with a banana.

Once cut, however, they are best stored in the fridge, so for those times when you've got half spare, try the Lakeland Avocado Hugger which seals the flesh and keeps it perfectly ripe for longer.

6. Honey

Honey is a natural preservative and doesn't require refrigeration. So put it back in the cupboard!

7. Cake

Unless your cake has real cream, cream cheese filling or icing, it’s fine to store it in an airtight container for around three days (if it hangs around that long!).

GHI TIP: Use storage pots to keep leftovers fresh, in or out of the fridge - we like these dated tubs from Joseph Joseph to help reduce food waste, or these airtight Tritan Ultra jars.

8. Melons

If the melon is whole, keep it out of the fridge. It can be kept in the fruit bowl as it doesn't need refrigerating.

Once you’ve cut into it, use clingfilm or beeswax wrap to cover it and then put it in the fridge.

9. Coffee

Whether it’s in bean or ground form, coffee should never be stored in the fridge as it absorbs the smells. Keep it in an airtight container instead.

10. Eggs

You don’t buy them from the chilled aisle yet most people rush home and put them straight in the fridge.

Storing UK eggs at room temperature is perfectly safe if you have a cool kitchen (ideally, eggs should be stored at less than 20C, according to the official British Lion Eggs advice), and as a bonus you’ll get better results in baking and boiling when you have room temperature eggs!

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