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To Refrigerate or Not to Refrigerate?

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by Sara Bonisteel

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We were recently talking about Alessandra's interview with Grant Achatz, and she mentioned that the Alinea chef copped to eating peanut butter straight out of the jar and the fridge, where he keeps it.

He keeps his peanut butter in the fridge? That was a new one to me.

With Kerry's recent 15 things you should be freezing, we thought we should revisit cold storage with some surprising things you might not be storing in the refrigerator.

Vermouth: If your bottle is from the Clinton Administration, it's time to toss it out. Vermouth is a wine and should be kept chilled in the fridge.

Nuts: They spoil so quickly, you should store them in the fridge if you plan to eat them within a week or two. Put them in the freezer if it's longer than that.

Reese's Peanut Butter Cups: Kerry loves them fresh from the fridge.

Oils: Kemp keeps healthful oils like hemp, olive leaf, and flax seed in the fridge. Lauren likes to keep her nut oils in the fridge.

Spicy Condiments: Sriracha, hot sauce, and sambal oelek.

Uncooked Rice: To deter unwanted visitors (vermin) in a city apartment.

Crisco: To prolong its shelf life, Lauren keeps this vegetable solid in the fridge. Keeping it cool makes it easier to work with for doughs too.

Medicine Cough syrup and eye drops are among the things you'll find in editors' refrigerators.

Makeup: There's a contingent that keeps some makeup in the fridge.

Those Things You Don't Want Your Significant Other to Eat: Kemp keeps items on the bottom shelf of the fridge that she doesn't want her husband eating.

What items might people be surprised to find in your fridge?

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