7 pantry staples to store out of the fridge


This article was originally published in the Spring 2017 issue of Cottage Life magazine.

Don’t be fooled, there are plenty of things that will do just fine in a cupboard or on the counter. So save some space in the fridge and keep these things at room temperature.


Thickens and crystallizes over time, but it will keep almost indefinitely.

Hot sauce

Keep it in the pantry for up to three years.


Refrigeration causes bread to go stale quicker, so keep it in the freezer or in a critter-proof box.


The fridge (and the freezer) create condensation, which affects the flavour of both ground coffee and coffee beans. Prevent oxidation by excluding ai—use an airtight container or vacuum seal it. Store in a dark cupboard or in an opaque container.


The fridge affects their flavour and texture (they become gritty).


Moisture in your fridge will turn onions soft and mouldy. Keep them in a cool, dry place but not next to your potatoes, which give off moisture.


Let green ones ripen outside the fridge. Once ripe they’re fine for three to five days at room temperature.

Mustard & ketchup

Both keep well out of the fridge for up to two months once opened.

Looking for more cottage tips and tricks? Check out our special get-ready guide in the Spring 2017 issue—on newsstands now!