The Best Places to Store Food

Avocados: If it's hard, put it in a brown paper bag on the counter; it'll be ripe in 2-5 days. Faster? Add a whole apple or banana to the bag. Once ripe, move it to the fridge.

Fruit: Peaches, plums, pears, honeydews, cantaloupes, mangoes, bananas, and tomatoes keep on ripening in your fruit bowl. Once they start turning soft, or you've sliced them, put in the fridge. Cold turns banana skins brown, but the inside will still be fresh.

Fruit: Citrus, pineapples, raspberries, strawberries, grapes, watermelon, and cherries don't get any riper once they've been picked, they just go bad. To slow the spoiling process, put them in the fridge immediately.

Bread: will stay fresh up to four days at room temp. if sealed in its original wrapping. It can be kept in the freezer for up to three months, but steer clear of the refrigerator, it'll make it go stale faster.

Coffee: For a better brew, keep coffee in an airtight canister in a cabinet. The fridge or freezer exposes it to fluctuating temps, and that diminishes the flavor.

Potatoes, onions, garlic: After these veggies are plucked from the cool, dark soil, they should be stored in a similar environment in your home but not together. Keep 'em separated! Store garlic solo so its scent won't permeate other eats. Store potatoes on their own - their moisture rots onions.

Olive oil: Place away from light. The refrigerator is a suitable dark spot. It shields oil from spoilage. Although cold temps solidify the oil, they won't affect its quality. If your cabinets are cool, oil should be fine there, too. In a fridge it'll keep about one year opened & two years unopened.

Flour: Grab an airtight container and put your flour in the fridge. The cool temps keep white flour fresh for two years; whole wheat flour for six months. If you go through your white flour quickly, you can safely keep it on the counter in an airtight canister. But always put wheat flour in the fridge no matter how fast you use it. The oils it contains make it more susceptible to rancidity.

Quick tip: Don't store any food on top of the refrigerator. It's warm up there, which will wreak havoc on almost any food including wine.