10 commonly refrigerated items you don’t actually need to keep in the fridge

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 25: In this photo illustration, Heinz Tomato Ketchup is shown on March 25, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.

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CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 25: In this photo illustration, Heinz Tomato Ketchup is shown on March 25, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.

If your refrigerator is getting a little crowded, chances are you’re keeping items in there that don’t even need to be refrigerated.

For example, that ketchup bottle can actually be kept in a cabinet for up to a month. And unless your peanut butter is organic, you can store it in the pantry.

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Here are some items you don’t actually need to keep in the fridge:

Condiments such as ketchup and mustard

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According to TheKitchn.com, yellow, Dijon, or even whole-grain mustard can be put away in the cabinet for up to two months and as mentioned before, ketchup can be kept outside the refrigerator for up to a month.

Honey

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According to Mnn.com, honey does not need to be refrigerated at all.

Tomatoes

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Tomatoes should be kept at room temperature and out of direct sunlight, according to Mnn.com.

Potatoes

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Here's a suggestion from CNET.com: store your potatoes in paper bags in cool, dry pantries.

Stone fruits

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According to FarmersAlmanac.com, stone fruits such as peaches, plums, and cherries don't need to be refrigerated.

Garlic

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According to Mnn.com, the Department of Food Science and Technology at University of California, Davis, suggests storing garlic not in a refrigerator, but in a cool, dry, dark place in a mesh bag, where it should keep for three to five months.

Avocados

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Unless your avocado's ripe and ready to eat, don't refrigerate it. According to CNET.com, putting an unripe avocado on the counter will make it ripen much faster.

Bread

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According to CNET.com, storing bread in the fridge actually speeds up the dehydration process and makes it go stale faster.

Hot sauce

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Vinegar-based sauces don't need to be kept in the fridge, according to AllWomensTalk.com. In fact, the cold can actually affect the viscosity of the sauce.

Peppers

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Keep those peppers out of the fridge because according to CNET.com, the cold temperature will soften their crisp.

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