If You're Not Storing These 5 Things in Your Fridge, You're Doing It Wrong

Surprise! Apples don't belong on your kitchen counter.

The recent Ketchup-Gate controversy sparked a huge uproar on the Internet. The issue: Do you store ketchup in the refrigerator or in the pantry? The debate raged for days with no clear winner, much to everyone's disappointment.

There are, however, some things you should definitely store in the fridge to keep them fresher, longer. And we bet you're not.

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Here are five things you probably aren't storing in the fridge but should be:

1.  Apples

You might be used to displaying your apples in a bowl on the kitchen table, but guess what? That's a recipe for mealy, mushy fruit. Colder temps help preserve apples' freshness, so stash them in your crisper drawer right away, and they'll stay firm and juicy for weeks. (Yes, weeks!)

2.  Brown Sugar

We've all been there when making a batch of cookies—you reach for the brown sugar, and it's hard as a rock. Sure, there are tricks for softening it (some of which work better than others), but hey, how about we prevent brown sugar from hardening in the first place? The solution: Store it in a sealed plastic bag in your refrigerator. It'll stay permanently soft and pliable, ready for use in your next baking project.

3.  Ripe Bananas

Bananas are tricky; you buy a bunch and wait for them to ripen to perfection on your counter. But once they do, you can't get through them fast enough before some turn to brown mush. Stash those already ripe bananas in the fridge, where they'll keep for a few days without over-ripening. The skin will turn brown, but the insides will stay soft, sweet, and delicious.

4.  Ripe Avocados

Avocados are the same deal as bananas—leave them at room temp to ripen. But once they hit prime ripeness, it's not a use-it-or-lose-it situation. Store them in the fridge to stop the the ripening process and prolong their life for a few extra days.

5.  An Open Bottle of Wine (Yep, Even Red)

It's rare, but sometimes we find ourselves with a half-empty bottle of wine at the end of the night. Sure, you know you're supposed to re-cork it (even better if you have one of these nifty wine saver gadgets), but did you know you should store it in the fridge, too? The cold air slows down the oxidation process, which means your wine will still be drinkable for another couple days.

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