7 Foods Never Refrigerated Growing Up: Were We Doing It Wrong?

Discover what foods should have been refrigerated but weren’t when we were growing up.

Have you ever wondered if you should be refrigerating certain foods that you never did growing up? Let’s dive into the Reddit discussion on this topic.


  • Soy sauce and maple syrup were commonly not refrigerated.
  • Leftover rice and bacon were kept outside the fridge.
  • Mayonnaise, pizza, and Korean soups were also items not refrigerated.

Soy Sauce and Maple Syrup

Many users shared that soy sauce and maple syrup were items that were never refrigerated in their households. Some clarified that while soy sauce doesn’t need to be refrigerated, maple syrup does for freshness.

Leftover Rice and Bacon

Leftover rice stored in the rice cooker and bacon left on a plate in the cupboard were other common practices shared.

Mayonnaise, Pizza, and Korean Soups

Some users mentioned storing mayonnaise in a cupboard, room temperature pizza, and leaving Korean soups out, each with their reasons for not refrigerating.

Whether you’re a fan of room temperature pizza or not, it’s interesting to see the varied practices when it comes to food storage.