What foods should you store and not store in the fridge?

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(KSNT / NBC News Channel) -- When we buy fresh food, we typically do everything we can to keep our groceries fresh. And for many that means putting food in the fridge.

But some dietitians say not everything is meant to be chilled.

Pay attention to your fruits and veggies - and when they should and should not be chilled.

Top culprits are onions, tomatoes, potatoes, and garlic.
Dietitian Lisa Martin explains, "There's a lot of fruits and vegetables that as long as they are whole and they are freshly harvest or you've picked them up at the grocery store, shouldn't be refrigerated because they may need more time to ripen and the refrigeration may damage the quality of the foods.....With fruits and vegetables though and you've prepared a salad or whatever, once they've been washed and cut they do need to go into the refrigerator for food safety."

Martin adds, "Bread is another. You can put it in the refrigerator to stop the mold, but again it goes stale. Honey you don't want to put in because it will cause it to crystallize faster."

Experts say a good rule of thumb is, if they're stored on the shelves at the store, they are typically shelf safe at home.



 
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