Foods That Don't Need to Be in Your Fridge

There are impostors in your refrigerator! Foods that you may think need refrigeration, but in reality, are totally fine without it.


You see the Heinz packets in piles at fast food joints, so why do you put yours in the fridge? There’s no need, unless you prefer your ketchup cold.

Basil & Parsley

After too many ruined batches of basil in the fridge, I put my foot down on storing it in the cold. While some herbs do fare better in a cool place (like cilantro), basil and parsley should stay out of the chill.

Peanut Butter

Even the natural kind doesn’t need to be refrigerated – even if you like the oil to get all firm. It’s not going to go bad in your cabinet and will spread a heck of a lot easier.


It’s called a “preserve” for a reason. Anything that’s been pickled or sealed in a jar was meant to stay in a pantry and last through winter – before the invention of electricity.