See here how you can store your food for a longer period of time and in good conditions!
Storing food may seem an easy job, you just place the food in the refrigerator and that’s it. Indeed, recent technology has made refrigerators more and more intelligent and useful, but is that enough to take full advantage of your food? If you don’t know how to store food correctly, it might get rotten faster than usual, so you might want to read our advice on how to store foods properly!
1. Keep the original package. In general, it’s a good idea to keep the food in the package it came with, whether we’re talking about meat, fish or poultry. Moving the meat from one package to another can expose it to all kinds of bacteria, especially if you handle it with your bare hands, so you might want to think again before moving that steak to a different bag.
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2. Use plastic wrap. If however you needed to move a certain aliment, for instance milk or other dairy products, don’t place them back in the container. Simply cover the second bowl with a plastic wrap and put it in the refrigerator.
3. Always check the expiry date and other mentions on the package. There are products that have to be consumed in a certain amount of time after opening, while others can last for months. Always check the package and pay attention to the packaging and expiry date, so that you can know when it’s safe to eat it and when you should throw it away.
4. Separate fruits and vegetables. As much as possible, an important tip on how to store foods is to keep fruits and vegetables separately. What does that mean? It means that you should put together carrots with carrots, potatoes with potatoes, bananas with bananas. This is advisable because different fruits or vegetables produce certain types of gasses that can cause other to rot faster than usual and so on, so if you want your foods to keep longer, you should stick them together!
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5. Don’t wait for the food to cool off. Yes, with the old refrigerators, whenever you needed to store foods which were hot, you had to wait for them to cool down. Nowadays however, modern refrigerators can perfectly handle the heat and not break down, which is totally a time saver and makes your job much easier.
6. Leftovers. Store them in an airtight container or wrap, so that they don’t get exposed too much to air. It’s probably better to divide them in several such containers so that they can cool faster. For instance, instead of having a huge pot with soup, you can have 2 or 3 smaller containers with enough servings you need at one meal.
7. Don’t fill up the fridge. Choose a fridge that suits your needs to store foods and don’t fill it up. If it’s too full, air will not circulate properly and the temperature will not be low enough for the foods to be kept in a safe environment.