Out cold: 20 non-refrigerant foods

Cooler temperatures change the taste and texture of several foods. Other items may spoil faster in the fridge.

Avocados Store avocados in the fridge only if they're fully ripe and you need an extra day or two.

Otherwise, they'll lose flavor. Otherwise, keep avocados on the counter. Cut ones can go in the fridge.

Bananas Refrigeration confuses bananas because the skin darkens faster than the inside

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Keep bananas at room temperature to ripen. Wrap the banana tops in plastic to slow ripening.

The butternut Butternut squash—but not summer squash—can be stored in a cool, dark spot for a month without refrigeration.

Once sliced, put squash in an airtight container in the fridge. It occupies space until then.

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