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Certain foods should not be refrigerated

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The fridge is a great place to put some foods to keep them from going bad, but in some cases the cold temperatures could be doing more harm than good.

Chef Rachel Reuben makes her living teaching others how to cook, and one of her lessons is not all foods need to be kept in the refrigerator.

"I think we assume everything will do better in the refrigerator but that's not really true,” Reuben said.

She said the cold can keep many fruits and vegetables from going bad, but they won't taste as good.

“They will lose nutrients and flavor in the refrigerator,” she said.

In the fridge, tomatoes lose their texture and potatoes can get gritty.

Reuben said she believes other foods like apples, onions, avocados and citrus do better at room temperature.

If it is in danger of going bad before you get to it, you should throw it in the refrigerator.

Bananas should never be refrigerated.

“They'll get black faster in the fridge,” Reuben said.

Berries can also be kept on the counter but should be eaten quickly.

"I would caution against overbuying berries because they will go bad,” Reuben said.

Bread can dry out in the fridge but one item that does better in the cold is nuts because they contain oil that can go bad over time.

"If you have a large quantity of nuts that you know you're not going to use for a long period of time - I would definitely keep nuts in the refrigerator,” Reuben said.

She said storing food properly will make sure you get the best quality.

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