During a power outage, or when living off-grid refrigeration may be non-existent, or your space is limited because you are running a small refrigerator off a generator, or you are using some other alternative power source. Not everything needs refrigeration, and in fact chilling certain foods can ruin them, so save your refrigerator space for foods that need to be chilled.
Refrigeration of bananas disrupts the ripening process. Even if you remove your bananas and place on the counter, the process is permanently disrupted essentially ruining the banana. Banana ice cream or smoothies anyone?
Sweet potatoes, when cooled will cause the starches in the potatoes to turn to sugar, thus, changing the overall texture and flavor and not for the best, not to mention increasing the overall sugar content, which is not a good thing in this case. However, if you want no taste potatoes that add inches to your waist then refrigerate.
Who eats tomatoes out of the refrigerator? If you do, you are missing out on the flavor, because chilled tomatoes lose their flavor, not to mention becoming mushy when chilled. Cold stops the ripening process which is what gives tomatoes their flavor. Chilling them, however, does not stop the tomatoes from becoming soft and then rotting.
Apples are similar to tomatoes. They will lose their tartness or sweetness as the case may be when stored for long periods in the refrigerator. If you prefer your apples chilled for eating, then place them in the Fridge for 30 minutes prior to eating otherwise, store in your root cellar, or in a cool, dry, and dark place in the pantry out of the plastic bags they came in.
Onions will turn soggy, and transfers taste and smell to other foods when stored in the refrigerator. For extended storage, put them in a paper bag in a cool, dark place with low humidity. If you have harvested your own onions, they should be dried on screens or hung in net bags and allowed to dry properly before storing. Do not bunch your onions together while they dry.
Avocados are somewhat like bananas. Their ripening enzymes are stopped when chilled, so store them on the counter if you plan to eat right away. Unless you plan to eat immediately, do not buy ripe avocados, because they will ripen fast on the counter.
Allowing them to ripen at room temperature ensures the best flavor, however, once ripened to satisfaction you can chill to stop the process, thus, you can store them longer without adversely affecting the flavor.
Avocados, which are not ripe do store well when chilled, but do not expect them to ripen of course, and if you make Guacamole then store the finished product in the refrigerator.
Whole avocados, which are not ripe, and still in the skin can be chilled and then removed to ripen. This means you can control the ripening process if you have too many to eat at one meal to prevent waste.
Many people believe storing their coffee in the refrigerator increases shelf life or helps maintain its flavor. Quite the opposite is true, however. Coffee stored at room temperature allows its natural oils to activate creating the pungent aromatic scent and flavor everyone loves. Chilling stops this process, thus reducing the coffee’s flavor impact. Coffee will absorb odors quickly so it will take on the flavor of any foods you have in the Fridge. Refrigeration creates humidity, which is not beneficial to your coffee either.
Refrigeration adversely affects the flavor of potatoes, so store in the pantry. Remove them from the plastic bags they came in, paper, burlap or net bags are ideal. Low humidity is ideal as well. Potatoes stored next to onions can cause the onions to rot faster due to gasses and moisture that the potatoes emit.