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Foods You Should Put in the Fridge Right Now

06/24/2014 11:30 am ET | Updated Aug 24, 2014

After a trip to the supermarket, you want to make sure that the foods that you bought stay as fresh as possible for as long as possible. You get home and get your food stored in their proper place. But are you really putting things where they should go?

There are some things you know absolutely need to be refrigerated, no doubt about it. Groceries like cheese, milk, and yogurt are placed in your fridge with no worries. However, there are foods that appear on shelves that you may not think need to be refrigerated. It's important to know what should stay in the pantry and what should go in the fridge.

Refrigeration, which means temperatures should be at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or lower, is an important tool to keep some foods fresh. All food is derived in part by something that used to be a living being, plant or animal, so the natural process of decay begins as soon as the item isn't living anymore. Refrigeration slows the growth of bacteria that causes food to rot, especially in your least processed, non-preservative filled foods.

That same bacteria can also make you severely sick, so leaving some foods out of the fridge is hazardous to your health. Besides safety, refrigerating certain foods maintains their flavor as well.

To make sure that you save money, time, and keep yourself healthy, we've compiled a list of foods that should always go in your refrigerator.

  • Pure Maple Syrup
  • Maple syrup only needs to be refrigerated if it is 100 percent pure. Breakfast syrups that you get at the grocery store or the diner are actually not made from maple sap at all so you don’t need to refrigerate them. But pure maple syrup will grow mold quickly if not refrigerated. Photo Credit: iStock/Thinkstock Click Here to see More of the Foods You Should Put in the Fridge Right Now
  • Mayonnaise
  • Mayo doesn’t really go bad if left in your cupboard. But after opening, it will lose its flavor if not refrigerated. And if you are going to eat mayo, you want it to taste as fresh as possible. Photo Credit: iStock/Thinkstock
  • Baby Food
  • Baby foods are very prone to spoiling after opening. For ones that include fish, meat, or eggs, you can keep them in the fridge for one day after opening. Ones that only have vegetables or fruit in them can stay in the fridge for up to two days. Photo Credit: iStock/Thinkstock Click Here to see More of the Foods You Should Put in the Fridge Right Now
  • Defrosting Meats
  • It is very dangerous to leave defrosting meats at room temperature. Doing so leaves a breeding ground for all kinds of bacteria. Put your defrosting meats in a sealed container in the fridge to prevent yourself from getting sick. Photo Credit: iStock/Thinkstock
  • Leafy Greens
  • A leafy green can be anything from kale to spinach and they spoil quickly. You have to put them in the fridge if you want them to last longer than a day. For them to last even longer, store them away from fruits like peaches and apples, which emit gasses that cause greens to wilt. Click Here to see More of the Foods You Should Put in the Fridge Right Now Photo Credit: iStock/Thinkstock

-Sidney Harrison, The Daily Meal