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20 Surprising Foods You Don't Need to Put in the Refrigerator

Eat This, Not That! Logo By Dana Leigh Smith of Eat This, Not That! | Slide 1 of 21: The only thing more crowded than the subway car I cram into every morning? My refrigerator. And no, I don’t have one of those college dorm-sized ones, either. I also don’t have a house full of growing children. My fridge issues all stem from one simple fact: I was raised by a family that literally kept everything from bread to nut butter at a chilling 35 degrees Fahrenheit. (Fun fact: You should set your refrigerator temperature at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or cooler.) The first time I tried a room temperature PB&J was a magical, unforgettable moment. So, unless I really focus when I’m unpacking groceries, I typically go on autopilot, shoving 95 percent of my bounty inside my fridge, which isn’t always good news for my food. But it turns out, that’s not the best way to do it—there are plenty of foods that don’t need refrigeration.While certain things simply taste better and maintain a better texture when they’re kept out of the cold, other foods actually maintain more of their nutrients when left out. Cold air can break down the antioxidants in certain fruits and stop the ripening process of others, for example. Then, of course, there are the items that simply just don’t need to be in there, like soy sauce.Here are 20 foods that don’t need refrigeration. Your icebox just got way roomier, which should leave you plenty of space for the 11 Surprising Foods You Should Keep in the Fridge.

20 Surprising Foods You Don't Need to Put in the Refrigerator

The only thing more crowded than the subway car I cram into every morning? My refrigerator. And no, I don’t have one of those college dorm-sized ones, either. I also don’t have a house full of growing children. My fridge issues all stem from one simple fact: I was raised by a family that literally kept everything from bread to nut butter at a chilling 35 degrees Fahrenheit. (Fun fact: You should set your refrigerator temperature at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or cooler.) The first time I tried a room temperature PB&J was a magical, unforgettable moment. So, unless I really focus when I’m unpacking groceries, I typically go on autopilot, shoving 95 percent of my bounty inside my fridge, which isn’t always good news for my food. But it turns out, that’s not the best way to do it—there are plenty of foods that don’t need refrigeration.

While certain things simply taste better and maintain a better texture when they’re kept out of the cold, other foods actually maintain more of their nutrients when left out. Cold air can break down the antioxidants in certain fruits and stop the ripening process of others, for example. Then, of course, there are the items that simply just don’t need to be in there, like soy sauce.

Here are 20 foods that don’t need refrigeration. Your icebox just got way roomier, which should leave you plenty of space for the 11 Surprising Foods You Should Keep in the Fridge.

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