The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics strongly urges keeping this rounded grain refrigerated because — as commonly noted in fine print — they can last much longer that way.
Pies, specifically pecan and pumpkin, can become “magnets for bacteria,” according to the academy. They are only safe to eat at room temperature for about an hour or so out of the oven.
Maple syrup is commonly thought of as a gray area when it comes to storage. However, the academy advises that keeping syrup in the fridge will substantially extend its lifespan.
Keep fruits like oranges, limes and lemons especially cold to stretch their use for over a month in some cases.
Aw shucks! Corn on the cob survives much better when cold since it “begins to lose its sugar content dramatically when left at room temperature,” according to the academy.
“Eggs may be refrigerated three to five weeks from the day they are placed in the refrigerator,” the USDA advises. “To keep them safe, take eggs straight home and store them immediately in the refrigerator set at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or slightly below. Leave them in their carton and place them in the coldest part of the refrigerator, not in the door.”