Cigars 101

Can you store cigars in a refrigerator?

A: Short answer: NO.

Here’s why…

A refrigerator, though it would seem like a logical place to keep your cigars, has a very low relative humidity. It’s usually somewhere around 42% RH, which is much lower than the 65% – 70% RH required for keeping your cigars moist. In other words, it won’t take long before your precious cigars are as dried-out as beef jerky.

Some experts say that odors from foods such as cold cuts, onions, Chinese takeout leftovers, etc. could possibly affect the flavor of your cigars. I’m not entirely in agreement with this, especially if the cigars are in cellos and kept in their factory box. However, getting back to the main point, your cigars shouldn’t be kept in the fridge in the first place.

For long term storage, invest in a cigar humidor. You can usually find good cigar humidors on sale, too. Your cigars will be much happier, plus, you’ll have more room in the fridge for beer.

Gary Korb

Gary Korb

Executive Editor

Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

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