Nowadays, we all know that refrigeration of foods is a common practice. As a matter of fact, even though refrigerators consume significant amount of electricity, it’s still being bought due to the fact that it can improve our food’s shelf-life. Scientific studies have shown that most bacteria and other microbes don’t thrive in a cold atmosphere, especially those who are main causes of food spoilage. This is the reason why having a refrigerator is definitely a must-have.


However, there are times that we tend to refrigerate commonly-eaten foods that need not refrigeration at all. Since most of us think that it prolongs a food’s shelf-life, it doesn’t mean that it applies to every food that we know. To those who didn’t know, refrigeration is perfect for perishable goods such as meat, fish and vegetables. However, it doesn’t apply to condiments and canned goods.


Listed below are the four commonly-eaten foods which doesn’t need refrigerating but still, we refrigerate anyway:


  1. Ketchup or Catsup (Especially the Tomato Type) – Being one of the most popular condiments in the countries like U.S., ketchup is definitely the perfect partner for our French fries and Fried Chicken. However, we must carefully take note that, even though ketchup isn’t enjoyable when it’s hot, it’s not going to become enjoyable if you serve it cold, either. Just leave it out at room temperature just like in the restaurants. Whenever molds start appearing, then throw it away.


  1. Maple Syrup for our pancakes – We all know that a cold maple syrup can definitely ruin your pancake breakfast due to the fact that it becomes crystallized. To those who didn’t know, maple syrup, especially the ones that come in bottles, must be left out at room temperature. Doing that will save you from doing the work of thawing it.


  1. Peanut Butter (which both kids and adults love) – Unless you’re allergic to peanuts, we all know that this one can be found at every breakfast table. Kids love peanut butter, mind you. And the best way to keep it is to leave it right there in the table. However, if you want to stop your kids from eating it, just keep it inside the cupboard.


  1. Jam and Jellies (Perfect Combination with Peanut Butter) – The truth is, even if people tend to put these inside their refrigerators, there’s actually no need to do it. Keeping your jam and jellies in the cupboard instead of refrigerator will give you space for more important food items.