People tend to buy big amounts of food when they go to the supermarket, because they don’t have time to go shopping very often, and a big part of that food is thrown away as it spoils. In order to prevent food from altering, it is important that you know how to store various types of food in the refrigerator. It helps if you have one of the greatest refrigerators on the market, but since we can’t all afford this luxury, we must come up with some tricks in order to keep food fresh longer. Inside the fridge, the bottom drawer is for fruits and vegetables, the door is for bottles of milk and the juices, the second and third drawers in the middle are for butter, margarine, cheese, canned food, dressings, sauces, eggs, cream, cooked food and food outlets and the shelf above the fruit shelf is for fresh and uncooked food, raw fish and pastry products.
Meat and fish storing
Meat should be kept on the lowest shelf to avoid blood and juice to drain over other foods, and you must not keep it for more than 4 days without freezing it, both in raw and cooked state. Meat can be frozen in plastic bags and you should consume it within six month and never re-freeze defrost meat.
The majority of people keep the eggs on the fridge’s door, in the special egg compartment, but the best way to store eggs is in their original egg casing inside the fridge on a top shelf. Considering their expiring date, you can keep eggs for approximately 3 to 5 weeks.
Milk products storing
Milk products must necessarily be stored in the refrigerator once you have opened the packages, as so: yoghurt can be kept for a month if you seal the container with foil, milk lasts for 5 days, cream is proper for serving within a week, butter can last for three moths while hard cheese can be kept for a month and soft cheese for 10 days.
Vegetables and fruits storing
Fresh fruits and vegetables can be properly stored in the fridge’s special boxes and you should not place them near raw meat as they can take bacteria from it. Fruits like apples, pears, peaches, grapes, strawberries and cherries can be kept in the fridge, while exotic and citric fruits like pineapples lemons, grapefruits, papaya or mango should be kept at the room temperature. It also helps if you have a good fridge, the greatest refrigerators come with efficient veggie drawers where you can control the humidity and the temperature in order for the veggies to last longer.
Cooked food storing
If you have cooked food left-overs that you want to save for later, the best thing you can do is store it in the fridge. Let the food cool in the kitchen for two hours during winter and one hour during summer, when temperatures are higher, and then deposit the food in the refrigerator for perfect storage. Always keep cooked food in sealed containers and pots with lids to prevent odors from spreading in the fridge and air from spoiling the taste and freshness of the foods.