You may think you know all the foods that need to go in the fridge by now, but do you really? Of course, it goes without saying that most dairy products, raw meats, and fresh veggies belong firmly behind that refrigerator door. However, some foods that need to be refrigerated may come as a bit of a surprise. (Psst: While the topic of food storage is on your mind, you might want to check out the list of foods you should never refrigerate as well as the foods you should never put in the freezer.)
Certain ingredients, such as pure maple syrup, run the risk of developing mold if left outside of the fridge. Other foods, such as natural nut butters and seed oils, might become rancid and unpalatable quickly if stored in the pantry. Meanwhile, other products will simply not be as fresh or as flavorful as they could be if they're hidden away in the cabinet. So even if you've been storing foods like these outside of the fridge for a long time now and have never had an obvious problem, it's a good idea to consider changing your habits. After all, you want to make sure that every item of food that you and your family eats is high-quality food. Why not take that one extra (and easy) step to ensure that's the case every single time?
Remember: Many packaged and processed food products come with specific instructions on the label for optimal storage. If you're ever in doubt about the proper way to store any type of food, always check with the supplier to be sure.
Scroll down to learn about the most surprising foods that need to be refrigerated, and find out if you've been storing any of them the wrong way.