In order for your food to be safe, it is necessary for the stores to be properly stored. Otherwise, they will deteriorate long before you can consume them, an inconvenience that is undoubtedly a blow to the family economy.
The storage and maintenance of fresh food is done in dry places, such as the cupboard or countertop, as well as inside the refrigerator or in the freezer. In any case, if you have doubts with a product, check the packaging information where the conservation suggestion usually appears.
Storing food in the right way helps keep it fresh and tasty for longer and means less of the food we buy gets wasted. That’s good for the environment and our pockets.
Tricks To Store Food For More Time
Use your Fridge
Definitely one of the best inventions for the conservation of food is the refrigerator because its low temperatures help to inhibit the growth of bacteria, which are the cause of spoilage faster.
However, this procedure has its secrets to keep food fresh and healthy longer.
Remember to keep your fridge temperature below 5oC. Research shows that up to 70% of our fridges are too warm, meaning food won’t last as long as it could. Milk goes off much quicker if the fridge is just a few degrees too warm. Cold helps to conserve supplies, because it prevents the growth in the number of microorganisms, without modifying their organoleptic characteristics.
It’s best not to put bread in the fridge as it goes stale much quicker. Bread keeps better in a cool dark place such as the bread bin or a store cupboard. Bread also freezes well for use another time.
Fruit and veg packaging has been designed to help it stay at it’s best for longer, so don’t take the packaging off until you’re ready to eat the food. Check the pack for instructions if you’re not sure.
Once opened, food like cheese and ham keep better if they’re well wrapped by re-closing the pack, wrapping in cling film or foil, or putting it in an airtight container. Make the most of your food by cooling leftovers as quickly as possible after cooking and store them in the fridge. Eat within two days or freeze for another time. We have some great recipe ideas for making the most of your leftovers.
And finally if you aren’t going to eat it, remember you can always freeze food before the ‘use by’ date. Defrost when you need it and use within 24 hours.
Keep root vegetables in sand
To give your vegetables or root herbs, such as carrots, ginger, or turnips more durability, store them in containers with clean sand, instead of using the refrigerator. As you go in need, remove them from the container, making sure to put it back in a dry and dark place.
Make the berries last longer with vinegar
Before storing your berries or berries in the refrigerator, soak them in vinegar to prolong freshness for one or two weeks. To do this, mix 1 part of vinegar with 10 parts of water, and dip the berries in the solution for a few seconds. Then, rinse them and take them to the refrigerator.
Store your herbs in plastic bags
Separate the potatoes from the onions
Store mushrooms and tomatoes in paper bags
On the other hand, when stored in plastic bags, tomatoes produce more ethylene gas and spoil prematurely. To prevent this from happening, store them inside a paper bag, in a cool, dry place, outside the refrigerator.