Storing basil in the refrigerator is the most horrible mistake because it causes it to expire and turn horridly black overnight.
You see, the delicate leaves of basil must never be exposed to a cold temperature, because they are highly sensitive to ethylene, a kind of gas emitted by fruits while ripening.
Hence, the tender basil leaves tend to wilt and wither away in the fridge. Instead, always keep them in a jar full of water on your kitchen counter, or you can cover the up in a zip lock plastic bag to keep out the humidity and moisture.
Potatoes must be stored in a dark and cool environment with a temperature that ranges between, 45°F and 50°F.
Since most refrigerators are kept lower than 40°F, they can convert the starch present within the potatoes in to sugar. And this not only destroys their taste, but also their nutrient count.
Hence, always keep them in the basement or a dark root cellar.