I recently found out that I’ve been storing things in the fridge that I shouldn’t be, I knew that all meats and dairy should be stored in the fridge, though I was shocked to find that some of my fridge staples shouldn’t be in there at all!

Here are 4 products that shouldn’t be stored in the fridge.

1. Pumpkin

Whilst it’s important to keep pumpkins cool they also need to stay dry. If a pumpkin has too much moisture it starts to rot, and it gathers moisture when stored in the fridge.

2. Herbs

This is another one I have ALWAYS kept in the fridge. Herbs pick up moisture on the leaves when they are stored in the fridge, and believe it or not, they’re meant to stay dry to make the most of the flavour. If you want to get the absolute best from your cut herbs, pop them into a glass of water stem down.

3. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are tastiest when fresh, and keeping a tomato in the fridge takes the flavour out of it, literally. For the juiciest, yummiest tomatoes, ripen them on a windowsill and eat the fresh!

4. Tomato sauce

Here is one that will cause many an argument, tomato sauce. Yep, this is one that is meant to stay in the cupboard…. why you ask? Because one of the ingredients added is vinegar, and the vinegar is a preservative that is meant to keep your sauce nice and fresh, no matter where you store it. I think this one can go either way!


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  • OK, I always store opened tomato sauce in the fridge. Have had it go off and go ‘furry’ before!


  • Hmmm I have always kept pumpkin in the fridge.


  • All fruit should be kept in a cool pantry and not the fridge – all taste goes in the fridge.


  • I did not know that about tomatoes.


  • we keep pumpkin in the fridge no problem, lasts for weeks


  • The only thing I already didn’t keep in the fridge is my tomato sauce. I also won’t put on in there though my partner frequently tries to put it there. He also believes that bread belongs in the fridge which drives me nuts.


  • Oh wow I’ve always put tomato and sauce in the fridge no wonder my store bought have no flavour they are obviously refrigerated before put out for sale!


  • To add to this list: eggs, banana’s, oranges etc don’t go in the fridge either


  • Yes, all is going in the cupboard. Once I open the tomato sauce< I often do store in the fridge though.


  • Depends on your climate in the tropics everything is in the fridge or rotten.


  • I keep all of these in the fridge except the sauce… that goes in the cupboard!


  • I would put tomato sauce at the bottom of the fridge if you have an ant problem at all. I can assure you they will find it otherwise You can ripen tomatoes on the window sill but not if the sun is shining through it.

    • I agree about the tomatoes – we do not give them too much light as we want them to last!


  • Tomato sauce goes in the fridge once open.


  • Personally I keep tomatoes, pumpkin (cut) and tomato sauce (open) in the fridge. For the herbs I have them often outside in a glass of water.


  • My husband just points out the writing on the sauce bottle that says to keep it in the fridge.


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