With some fruits and vegetables, including the ones below, cold temperatures can lead to unsavory textures and flavors. So let tomatoes sit on the counter at room temperature, and store onions, garlic, and potatoes separately in a cool, dark place in perforated baskets or bins to allow for good airflow. Keep all fresh produce away from direct sunlight.

May 24, 2015
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Bryan Gardner

ONIONS AND GARLIC

These can lose crispness and become moldy when exposed to the refrigerator's moisture; they can also impart their flavors on foods stored nearby.

Bryan Gardner

TOMATOES

Their flavor often diminishes when they're chilled, and the texture can turn mealy as the cold temperature breaks down the membranes inside the fruit.

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POTATOES

Their starch content converts to sugar when cold, which leads to an unpleasantly sweet taste and discoloration when they're cooked.

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