8 Foods You Should Be Refrigerating And 8 You Shouldn't (2022)

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ByJennifer EnANDCat Lafuente/Updated: Aug. 10, 2017 2:43 pm EDT

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While the FDA has guidelines for consumer food storage that you can review, it isn't always easy to navigate the murky realities of what's best for your groceries. There's so much to account for! From freshness and spoilage to flavor and optimum texture, different foods benefit from different types of storage situations. Yes, modern refrigeration is a great innovation used in many households, but that doesn't mean we should be slaves to this invention's ability to regulate cold temps.

Refrigeration might be the just-right solution for storing some foods, but it might detrimentally affect the flavors of others. In some cases, it can even make foods spoil faster. Gasp! Before you get worked up into a tizzy, read on to find out what you really should be keeping in the refrigerator and what you ought to leave at room temperature.

Foods that benefit from fridge TLC

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Sure, the refrigerator is a godsend for preserving foods, keeping them fresh, and extending their shelf life. That said, you might not always be certain which ones need to be refrigerated and which ones don't. While nothing lasts forever, these ingredients should definitely be stored in the refrigerator to maintain their viability in your best culinary creations.

Eggs

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Ah, eggs. To refrigerate or not refrigerate? The short answer is that in the United States, Australia, Japan, and Scandinavian countries, eggs are cleaned and store in the fridge to safeguard against bacteria. In other parts of the world, the protein-packed orbs are kept out at room temperature without hesitation. According to NPR, the U.S. Department of Agriculture mandated egg washing by specialized machines beginning in the 1970s, while other countries were doubtful of the process because washing had previously failed to protect against contamination.

In regions where eggs are not washed or refrigerated, the consensus is that eggs have a self-protecting layer against bacteria. Moreover, chickens are vaccinated before laying the eggs. In the U.S. and areas where eggs are cleaned and refrigerated, chickens are not vaccinated. (Yes, that should remind you of the conundrum of whether the chicken or the egg came first.) While there are two schools of thought regarding the storage of eggs, everyone agrees about the importance of sticking with one or the other from farm to home. Changing the environment of the eggs' environment from refrigeration to room temp and back again causes them to sweat and form mold.

Cheeses

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So you've loaded up on a variety of cheeses from the local monger and you've gotten them back to your home. Now what? Good question. Yes, you should refrigerate them. That said, be sure to prep them for the fridge first. Start by wrapping them up in cheese paper or wax and parchment if these are handier. In contrast to plastic, the paper prevents the cheeses from drying out but allows them to breathe and retain their unique flavors. You can loosely wrap plastic around the paper if you like. Most refrigerators have areas that are colder than others. The back of mine tends to be overly cold — too chilly for cheese. Try keeping your meticulously wrapped cheeses in the warmest section of your fridge, which usually means up front in a designated cheese drawer or the produce cubby.

Meat, fish, and poultry

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Fresh meat, poultry, and seafood should be placed in the fridge in its original packaging. Keep them in a separate drawer at the bottom of the fridge to avoid risk of cross-contamination with other foods. To freeze your proteins for a few weeks' time, you can place the packaged items in resealable freezer bags and place them in the freezer. If you intend to leave them in the freezer for much longer than a few weeks, remove them from their packaging and place the pieces directly in the freezer bags before freezing. Bacon can last in the fridge unopened for up to two weeks and about one week after opening. It can live in the freezer for up to one month.

Processed meats from the deli can be stored in the fridge for up to five days and in the freezer for up to two months. Cooked sausages can last in the fridge unopened for about two weeks and are fine for one week after opening. Like deli meats, they can be frozen for up to two months. While you're better off not freezing cured meats like salami, they do tend to last much longer when frozen. They can be refrigerated unopened for up to three months and up to six weeks after opening.

Nuts and seeds

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Nuts and seeds contain natural oils — aka those fabulous unsaturated fats — so they run the risk of turning rancid if stored at room temperature for too long. While you probably won't get sick from eating rancid nuts and seeds, the flavor will definitely leave something to be desired. To keep nuts flavorful longer, be sure to store them in airtight containers in the refrigerator. Doing so prevents them from going bad and losing their natural flavors. You can store them this way for up to a year!

Unprocessed (natural) peanut butter

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While it isn't necessary to store commercially processed peanut butter in the fridge, the same does not hold true for natural peanut butter if it'll be in your house longer than a few weeks. As this unprocessed variety is essential made of only ground peanuts and their natural oils, like nuts, it can turn rancid if stored at room temperature for long enough. While it isn't harmful to consume, rancid peanut butter tastes spoiled and can greatly affect the potential of your PBJs. To prevent sad peanut butter situations, store all types of natural peanut butters in the fridge.

Syrups and jams

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Fewer things are more delicious and nostalgic than a steaming plate of pancakes covered in butter and maple syrup. And although no one wants to pour cold maple syrup all over their pancakes, it's important to refrigerate all syrups once they have been opened. As long as you store opened syrup properly, it has a shelf life of up to one year, which is pretty impressive. If you want to warm it up, zap the amount you want in the microwave before serving.

Similar rules apply to jellies and jams. Spreads that you can at home, as long as you can them properly in sanitary conditions, is fine on the shelf until you break the seal. Then it has to be refrigerated, and usually has a shelf life of about a month (though low- or no-sugar spreads may not last that long). Monitor spreads for any changes, such as yeasty or alcohol odors, and discard it if you detect such smells.

Store-bought spreads should also be refrigerated after opening; follow the instructions on the packaging for proper storage and discarding.

Milk

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There's a variety of milk out there, from both animals and plants, and while they vary in shelf life, they have similar refrigeration needs. The rule of thumb is that any milk from livestock, such as cow's milk, goat's milk, and sheep's milk, should always be refrigerated. This applies to both pasteurized and ultra-pasteurized milk, although the shelf life of the latter is significantly longer (until it's opened).

Almond milk, soy milk, and coconut milk that is shelf-stable is stocked in grocery stores on regular shelves, but once you bring it home and open it, you have to store it under refrigeration or it will spoil sooner, just like cow's milk.

The one exception to this rule is aseptic or ultrahigh-temperature (UHT) pasteurized milk, which is ultra-pasteurized milk that is stored in a hermetically-sealed container. It does not have to be refrigerated and has a shelf-life of up to one year — which is why you often see half-and-half creamer pods stored at room temperature.

Cut leafy greens

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Cut leafy greens like lettuce, spinach, and kale are a modern convenience for busy people who are trying to prepare healthy meals for their family — it's much faster than cleaning and chopping the greens yourself. Additionally, bagged salads are a super easy side dish that, because the work is already done, you might opt for instead of something less healthy. But if you do purchase cut leafy greens on the regular, be sure to store them in your refrigerator. That's because refrigeration of 41 degrees or below can stop the growth of bacteria like E.coli, which has been linked to outbreaks caused by contaminated spinach in the past. So don't store your greens anywhere else.

No need to refrigerate? Great!

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If you're anything like me, you're always attempting to eke out just an inch more space in your fridge. Because I cook nearly every day, fridge real estate is kind of a big deal. By not refrigerating foods that don't require that treatment, you'll find that you can increase the space in your chill box tenfold. Some ingredients are simply happy as can be at room temperature, so let them be happy!

Basil

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Fresh herbs like basil are beloved for their aromatic qualities. Add a handful to a pizza and draw crowds to your kitchen. Stir in a few slivers when making simple pasta sauce and you'll fall in love with the fragrance. Part of that olfactory advantage also means that in the opposite direction, basil tends to absorb all the smells in your fridge, effectively screwing up its own natural scents. That's why your best bet is to store basil at room temp and treat it like a bouquet of fresh-cut flowers. Lovingly trim the stems and place them in a glass with some water. Cover the whole thing loosely with a plastic bag and change the water every couple of days.

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Onions

Onions should be kept at room temp if only because they make the entire fridge smell like onions! Your milk will smell like onions. Not sure if you can tell yet, but this is one of my produce pet peeves. (I have many.) Onions can last for an entire month if you store them properly, which is a pretty amazing shelf life. Chilly, moist fridge environs transform starches into sugars, causing onions to become wet and soggy a whole lot faster. Your best bet? Store your onions in a bowl at room temp in a cool, dark place in your kitchen. Be sure the location is nice and dry and the room is relatively well ventilated.

Coffee

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While many people will tell you to store coffee in the fridge or freezer to extend its shelf life, I'd like to urge you to do the opposite. The cold, moist air of the refrigerator and freezer naturally creates condensation, which adversely tampers with the delicious flavor of coffee. Whether you're dealing with ground or whole beans, your coffee will fare much better flavor-wise when you store it in an airtight container at room temperature. A cool, dark area of your pantry is pretty ideal.

Bread

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Unless you're preparing for the apocalypse, can everyone please stop storing a surplus of bread in their fridge? OK, thanks. A surefire way to make bread stale? Put it in the fridge. Doing so dehydrates the bread, causing it to turn sad way before its time. Yes, the fridge was invented to help preserve foods, but that doesn't mean everything belongs in there. Instead, store uncut bread in a plastic bag at room temperature and slice as you go. If you really want to have bread at the ready in case of a bread emergency (?), place portions of it carefully wrapped into the freezer and thaw as needed, keeping the section you plan to polish off in the foreseeable future at room temp.

Tomatoes

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Fresh tomatoes are a vital component in cuisines around the world from India to Italy to the USA. But you're doing them a disservice if you're chucking them into the vegetable crisper in your refrigerator. For one, they're not vegetables — they're actually fruits, berries specifically. And storing them at cold temperatures will not only dull the flavor, but also render the texture mealy, making for an unpleasant surprise in your sandwich.

Rather, tomatoes should be stored at room temperature, and away from direct sunlight. They should also sit with the stem scar facing upward, which slows darkening and softening. Ripe tomatoes will last in these conditions for two to five days.

There is one caveat here: if the tomato is just-ripe and you want to slow the softening process a bit, you can do that in the fridge. Just take it out an give it an hour to restore its natural flavor, and don't leave it in the fridge for more than three days.

Honey

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Good news! Honey doesn't spoil, so there's no need to hoard it in the fridge along with a bunch of other stuff that's fine in the pantry. Honey naturally has all the components of a long shelf life: acidity, low moisture, and hydrogen peroxide. As such, you can leave your jar of honey out at room temperature indefinitely. Doing so prevents it from hardening and becoming impossible to drizzle over all those things you could be drizzling it on top of — mmmm, all the things.

I hope this short roundup helps you better determine which foods to refrigerate and which ones live best on the counter or in your pantry. By knowledgeably distributing them in your fridge and in your pantry, I'm confident you'll have more room in both areas for all your grocery goodies.

Potatoes

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Potatoes are an inexpensive, versatile staple in many kitchens. And since they're cheap, they're often bought in bulk. But don't just just toss the bag in the fridge with everything else and forget about it — that's not optimal for spuds. When they're stored at such cold temperatures, the starches break down, rendering the potato gritty in texture and unpleasantly sweet. It will also cause them to turn a darker color when fried, and that's not appetizing at all.

The best place to store these living, breathing spuds — that need fresh air — is in a cool but not cold (between 42-55 degrees Fahrenheit), ventilated area of the home, ideally with high levels of humidity to prevent water loss. It should also be dark, to prevent the potatoes from turning green. Depending on where you live, that could be a garage, a basement, or an unheated spare room.

Garlic

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Garlic can actually keep for quite a while as a whole head, up to a couple of months. That's why you see big bins of garlic at the grocery store that are stored at room temperature. It's once you break the head into individual cloves that the clock starts ticking. Then, the cloves should all be used within ten days.

However, you don't want to store whole garlic, even after you break the head, in the refrigerator. That's because garlic is more likely to sprout in cold temperatures, which will render the flavor bitter. Rather, store garlic heads and cloves in a cool, dry place that doesn't get exposed to much light. If you have a surplus on your hands, consider roasting it, as roasted garlic can be preserved in the fridge or freezer much better than fresh.

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FAQs

What foods should always be refrigerated? ›

Milk and milk products, like cheese and yogurt. Eggs. Meat, poultry, fish, and shellfish. Cooked foods like vegetables, rice, and potatoes.

What vegetables should not be stored in the refrigerator? ›

Vegetables That Should Not Be Stored in the Refrigerator

Potatoes, taro, sweet potatoes, and yuca (cassava, manioc) should not be refrigerated.

What fruits and veggies should not be refrigerated? ›

20 Foods You Should Not Refrigerate
  • Berries. Fresh berries from your local farm taste amazing at room temperature, so it's the sooner, the better for munching. ...
  • Melon. Keep whole melons like watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew on the counter for best flavor. ...
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  • Coffee. ...
  • Tomatoes. ...
  • Onions. ...
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Should you refrigerate eggs? ›

Storing your eggs in the fridge is the best way to keep bacteria under control. As an added bonus, it also keeps eggs fresher for much longer than storing them at room temperature.

Should you refrigerate potatoes? ›

Don't Store Raw Potatoes in the Fridge or Freezer

While cool temperatures are ideal for potato storage, refrigeration and freezing are not. Very low temperatures can cause “cold-induced sweetening.” This happens when some of the starch is converted to reducing sugars ( 10 ).

Should you refrigerate nuts? ›

Nuts' fragile unsaturated fats can go rancid quickly. While that may not hurt your health, it can definitely be bad news for flavor. Keep nuts tasting fresh by stowing them in a sealed plastic or glass container in the refrigerator for four to six months.

Should you refrigerate tortillas? ›

A: We recommend that you refrigerate your tortillas after purchase to help extend the shelf life. Even though our packages are re-sealable, once the package is open storing your tortillas in a cool refrigerator helps them last through the shelf life. It's important to store your tortillas at a steady temperature.

Why should you not put tomato ketchup in the fridge? ›

In terms of safety, there's no real need to refrigerate ketchup. Tomatoes and vinegar, the main components in ketchup, help preserve the condiment at room temperature due to their natural acidity.

Are you supposed to refrigerate peanut butter? ›

If you buy all-natural peanut butter — these are the ones that are unrefined and likely made with just ground peanuts and salt — you'll want to store jars in the fridge after opening, since the oils can go rancid very quickly.

Should butter be refrigerated? ›

Keeping butter in the fridge maximizes freshness, while leaving it on the counter keeps it soft and spreadable for immediate use. It's fine to keep regular, salted butter out of the fridge, as long as it's concealed from heat, light and air.

What fruit does not need to be refrigerated? ›

4. Fruit That Doesn't Need Refrigeration
  • Apples.
  • Bananas.
  • Peaches.
  • Plums.
  • Oranges.
  • Grapefruit.
  • Grapes (will last a few days)
  • Blueberries (will last 2-3 days)
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Do you refrigerate grapes? ›

Grape Storage & Handling Best Practices

Store grape boxes immediately in refrigeration when received. The ideal condition for grapes is 30 – 32 F with 90 – 95 percent relative humidity. Grapes generally have a much longer shelf life than other berries but they still need care to keep them at their best.

Do you refrigerate tomatoes? ›

Ripe tomatoes should still be kept at on your counter, uncovered, if you are going to enjoy the tomato in the next day or two. But any longer than that – the recommendation is to refrigerate. A so-so tomato is much better than a rotten, moldy tomato. Refrigeration will slow down the decay.

Should you refrigerate lemons? ›

Storing lemons in the fridge is a great way to extend their shelf life. And if you want to keep lemons fresh for longer than a week, you'll definitely want to refrigerate them.

Do you need to refrigerate Worcestershire sauce? ›

Worcestershire sauce is another condiment that certainly benefits from fridge-time but isn't necessary. Experts seem to debate about pickles — the high sodium content keep these preserved longer without refrigeration but they stay crunchier refrigerated. Go with your personal preference.

Do you have to refrigerate Mayo? ›

Mayonnaise: You may buy mayonnaise off a non-refrigerated shelf, but the second you open it, you must keep it in the refrigerator. In fact, the USDA recommends opened mayo be tossed in the trash if its temperature reaches 50 degrees or higher for more than eight hours.

Why you should not wash eggs? ›

“If you wash an egg before you cook it, because its shell is porous, the water…can push bacteria into the egg,” warns Amy Leigh Mercree, holistic health expert and bestselling author of ten books including The Mood Book.

Should onions be refrigerated? ›

Avoid Storing Whole Onions in the Fridge

That's why onions are best stored in a cool but dry, dark and well-ventilated place. These conditions ensure that they don't absorb too much moisture or experience heat or humidity. Storing whole onions in the fridge exposes them to cold, humid conditions.

Do onions go in the fridge? ›

Whole onions don't need to go in the refrigerator—in fact, it's actually not a good place to store them. The fridge is a cold and humid environment, which can cause onions to soften and spoil. The best place to keep whole onions is somewhere dark, cool, dry, and well-ventilated.

Is it safe to put onions in the fridge? ›

Store cut onions in the refrigerator (or even the freezer)… You can hang on to a halved or sliced onion in an airtight container in the fridge for about one week. Store them in an airtight container (preferably a glass one, as plastic will absorb odor) to decrease oxidation, moisture absorption, and stinkiness.

Should you refrigerate raisins? ›

The best way to keep raisins from drying out and clumping is to put them in an airtight container or a large, plastic, sealable bag. Once opened, if you don't plan to use the raisins within a couple of months, you may want to store them in the refrigerator in order to give them a longer shelf life.

Does bread need to be refrigerated? ›

It turns out bread boxes aren't such a bad idea. Baker says the best place to store bread is at room temperature. "Homemade bread stored at room temperature will have the best quality if used within three to five days," she says. "Commercially-prepared bread can be used within five to seven days.

Should you refrigerate maple syrup? ›

Once opened, you'll need to store pure maple syrup in the fridge—since it's a natural product with no preservatives, it can spoil or grow mold. If your syrup is not hot-packed, store it in the fridge (even if it's unopened) and plan to consume it quickly.

Should Nutella be refrigerated? ›

How should Nutella® be stored? Nutella® should be stored at room temperature (between 64° and 72° F). Keep the container tightly closed and store in a cool, dry place to maintain maximum flavor. Do not refrigerate Nutella®, otherwise it will harden and become difficult to spread.

Can I eat expired tortillas? ›

Can You Eat Expired Tortillas? Yes, you can eat tortillas that have gone beyond the best-by date printed on the package. The best-by date isn't actually an expiration date. It's simply an estimate from the manufacturer for how long they think their product will maintain its best quality.

Does mustard need to be refrigerated after it's opened? ›

Mustard . . .

Dijon and horseradish-based mustards should be refrigerated, but others are OK to leave out if you prefer them at room temperature. Refrigerating yellow mustard will help maintain its flavor, but it doesn't contain any ingredients that spoil.

Do you have to refrigerate pickles? ›

Once you open the jar, keep the pickles in the fridge covered and sealed tightly. When it comes to unpasteurized pickles, they're always sold refrigerated. That's because the bacteria in the jar is still alive and the fermentation process is ongoing. So to slow down the process, the jar needs to be refrigerated.

Can mayo be left out? ›

The perishable nature of mayonnaise is also why you should throw out mayo that's been left out unrefrigerated overnight. It could be totally fine—until you get food poisoning. And, in general, the FDA recommends tossing perishable foods, including mayo, that have been left out at room temperature for two or more hours.

Can you eat 3 year old peanut butter? ›

Past this date, if it's unopened it's still perfectly good. Opened, peanut butter will slowly develop off-flavors of rancid nuts over the next five or so years before it'll taste so bad not even the most peanut butter-obsessed child will go near it. But it's still very unlikely to make you sick.

Should you refrigerate almond butter? ›

Homemade raw almond butter will keep in the refrigerator for about two weeks, and store-bought may keep for months. A cooler with block ice or reusable freezer packs can also substitute for refrigeration. To store almond butter without a fridge or cooler, choose a cool, dry, dark place.

Where do you put peanut butter after opening? ›

An open jar of peanut butter stays fresh up to three months in the pantry. After that, it's recommended to store the peanut butter in the fridge (where it can maintain its quality for another 3-4 months). If you don't refrigerate, oil separation can occur. Here's a run-down.

Should ketchup be refrigerated? ›

Because of its natural acidity, Heinz® Ketchup is shelf-stable. However, its stability after opening can be affected by storage conditions. We recommend that this product, like any processed food, be refrigerated after opening. Refrigeration will maintain the best product quality after opening.

Can you leave eggs out overnight? ›

"After eggs are refrigerated, they need to stay that way," the USDA website explains. "A cold egg left out at room temperature can sweat, facilitating the movement of bacteria into the egg and increasing the growth of bacteria. Refrigerated eggs should not be left out more than two hours."

How long can eggs sit out? ›

If you live in the US or another country where eggs must be refrigerated, eggs should not be left at room temperature for more than 2 hours (7).

What meat does not need to be refrigerated? ›

Meats
  • Cured meats like summer sausage, pepperoni or turkey pepperoni, and salami are safe to take camping without a fridge.
  • Canned Chicken or Tuna.
  • Chicken or Tuna Pouches.
  • SPAM.
  • Bacon Bits, Pre-cooked Bacon or Bacon Crumbles.
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What kind of sandwiches don't need refrigeration? ›

Sandwiches
  • Use a variety of grains for the bread, keeping in mind that whole grains are healthier. ...
  • Roll-ups or pinwheels (sliced from a roll-up) made with peanut butter, honey, & sunflower seeds.
  • Turkey & cheese roll-up with alfalfa sprouts.
  • Hummus & veggie wrap (try red pepper strips, carrot sticks, or cucumber sticks)
23 Feb 2011

Do cucumbers need to be refrigerated? ›

Even though cucumbers are prone to chilling injury, the fridge is still the best place to store them. At room temperature, cucumbers will only last for about two days.

Which foods do not need to be refrigerated even when opened? ›

20 Surprising Foods You Don't Need to Put in the Refrigerator
  • Tomatoes.
  • Bananas.
  • Citrus Fruit.
  • Avocados.
  • Hot Sauce.
  • Butter.
  • Cake.
  • Bread.
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Why do some foods need to be refrigerated? ›

Refrigeration is a helpful tool to keep foods fresh longer. When food is held at a proper temperature, the growth of bacteria slows down, which helps reduce the risk of food poisoning. To keep your perishable foods fresh, make sure your refrigerator is set at or below 40°F.

Does butter need refrigeration? ›

Keeping butter in the fridge maximizes freshness, while leaving it on the counter keeps it soft and spreadable for immediate use. It's fine to keep regular, salted butter out of the fridge, as long as it's concealed from heat, light and air.

Which food has been refrigerated correctly food handlers? ›

High risk time and temperature control (TCS) foods, such as milk, eggs, shellfish, fish and meats, must be refrigerated – they are the main priority. It's important to understand that keeping raw and TCS foods at 41°F or below will prevent or slow down pathogenic bacterial multiplication.

What fruit does not need to be refrigerated? ›

4. Fruit That Doesn't Need Refrigeration
  • Apples.
  • Bananas.
  • Peaches.
  • Plums.
  • Oranges.
  • Grapefruit.
  • Grapes (will last a few days)
  • Blueberries (will last 2-3 days)
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Do onions need to be refrigerated? ›

Whole onions are best stored in a cool, dark, dry and well-ventilated room, while peeled, sliced, cut, cooked and pickled onions can be refrigerated. Onions can be frozen to further extend their shelf life, but then they are best used in cooked dishes.

Does Mayo need to be refrigerated? ›

Mayonnaise: You may buy mayonnaise off a non-refrigerated shelf, but the second you open it, you must keep it in the refrigerator. In fact, the USDA recommends opened mayo be tossed in the trash if its temperature reaches 50 degrees or higher for more than eight hours.

Should ketchup be refrigerated? ›

Because of its natural acidity, Heinz® Ketchup is shelf-stable. However, its stability after opening can be affected by storage conditions. We recommend that this product, like any processed food, be refrigerated after opening. Refrigeration will maintain the best product quality after opening.

Does milk need to be refrigerated? ›

Maintaining the Safety of Milk: Refrigeration is the single most important factor in maintaining the safety of milk. By law, Grade A milk must be maintained at a temperature of 45 °F or below. Bacteria in milk will grow minimally below 45 °F.

Does cheese need to be refrigerated? ›

Soft cheeses such as cream cheese, cottage cheese, shredded cheeses, and goat cheese must be refrigerated for safety. As a general rule, hard cheeses such as cheddar, processed cheeses (American), and both block and grated Parmesan do not require refrigeration for safety, but they will last longer if kept refrigerated.

Can you leave eggs out overnight? ›

"After eggs are refrigerated, they need to stay that way," the USDA website explains. "A cold egg left out at room temperature can sweat, facilitating the movement of bacteria into the egg and increasing the growth of bacteria. Refrigerated eggs should not be left out more than two hours."

Should you refrigerate peanut butter? ›

If you buy all-natural peanut butter — these are the ones that are unrefined and likely made with just ground peanuts and salt — you'll want to store jars in the fridge after opening, since the oils can go rancid very quickly.

How long can eggs sit out? ›

If you live in the US or another country where eggs must be refrigerated, eggs should not be left at room temperature for more than 2 hours (7).

What food is most likely to contaminate the salad? ›

The biggest culprits were tomatoes, melons and sprouts. Salmonella is acid-tolerant, which allows it to survive in fruits and vegetables with a low pH, such as tomatoes. Like many of the pathogens that can contaminate produce, Salmonella is an intestinal, or enteric, microbe.

What needs to be refrigerated after opening? ›

Baby foods need to be refrigerated after opening. If the food includes meat, fish or eggs, it will last one day in the fridge. If it's a fruit or vegetable, you can store it for up to two days in the refrigerator. Canned items should always be placed in the refrigerator once opened.

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