35 Foods That You Should Never Put In The Refrigerator

13. Butter

 

This next one is going to be a tad controversial. But butter can actually be left out of the fridge. And once you try it you will understand. Room-temperature butter spreads like heaven on earth. Who wouldn’t want that?

You should always keep your butter covered and in a cool area outside of direct sunlight. Butter is pasteurized and salted which helps keep it from going bad.

You should also consider the climate where you live. If you live in a particularly hot climate, it might not be possible to store it outside the fridge.

 

14. Melon

 

Melons are sweetest and juiciest at room temperature. That goes for all melons, whether watermelon, cantaloupe or honeydew. The USDA actually did research on the topic and found that this was indeed the case and that being at room temperature helps to keep antioxidants intact.

Not only will the melon have more antioxidants, retain more nutrients at room temperature and are tastier. Once you have cut the melon, then you should wrap it in cling wrap and store the remaining pieces in the fridge. The cut melon should last for at least three days.

 

15. Basil

 

Keeping basil in the refrigerator is one thing you for sure don’t want to do. When in the fridge, you will find that basil very rapidly turns into a wilted brown mess. Yuck.

Some herbs do well in the refrigerator, like parsley and cilantro but it’s best to keep basil at room temperature.

The best thing to do in order to keep your basil fresh, aromatic and full of flavor is to just trim the stems and place them in a glass of you would do with flowers.

This way your glass of basil can also be used as a decorative piece in your kitchen and add some color to the room. It’s a win-win situation.

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