How-To Store Your Food Correctly
When you think of storing your food after a trip to the grocery store or have leftovers, what comes to mind? Surprisingly, not many homeowners know how to properly store food. We tend to minimize trips to the grocery store as much as possible, which ends up with a lot of groceries but how do we store them properly so it doesn’t go bad? Thousands of people suffer from food-borne illness or food poisoning by eating food contaminated with bacteria. The way we store our food is the most important thing we can do to ensure our groceries stay fresh and safe to consume! Check out our tips to store your food safely and eliminate food waste.
Know What Goes Into the Fridge
Most people know to keep dairy products and eggs belong in the fridge or else they’ll go bad. However, some people think storing any type of food in the fridge will prevent it from rotting, which is definitely not true. If you have any leftovers, store them in a tightly sealed container and keep in the fridge as it will help to stay fresh. This doesn’t mean that you can keep it in the fridge for weeks, it’s best to eat it as soon as possible as it can go bad in the fridge as well. Typically, your leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to four days. Also, meat should be stored in the coldest part of your fridge. It’s important to keep it wrapped as tightly as possible to minimize air exposure. If you don’t plan on eating the meat within a few days after purchase, freeze the meat so it doesn’t try out or become discoloured.
Store Away From Sunlight
Certain foods are not meant to be stored in the fridge or freezer. In fact, they need to be stored in a dark and moderately cool place. Non-perishable items such as canned foods, cereals, dry foods, nuts, spices, pasta, and more should all be stored inside your cupboards or pantry. If you have dry foods such as rice, beans, flour, they should be kept in airtight containers or glass jars to prevent insect infestation. A lot of homes have an open concept layout, which allows a lot of natural light to the kitchen but be aware that the sun can ruin your groceries. Sunlight can cause oxidation and change the texture of the food.
Factors That Affect Food Storage Life
If you’re following all of the above steps and still struggling with your food going bad, perhaps you need to try a different food storage technique! First, the temperature of your food storage could be a reason – fridge, freezer, countertop, pantry, garage, and more. Double-check your humidity level as it varies depending on the location in your house. Another important factor is to think about the storage container you are using and how clean they are. Always cover your food with tight-fitting lids or foil to minimize potential contamination. You don’t want to wash and store any fruits or vegetables as the dampness can make it mold and rot more quickly.
Now you know all these great tips on storing your food correctly, it’s time to reduce food waste and save money! Think twice before you store anything and ask yourself if it’s the right way to store your food. If you’re doubting a certain food and don’t know the use-by date, the best is to throw it out. All of these great, easy tips will help you maintain the freshness of your food, its flavour and most importantly its safety. The last thing you want is to be forced to throw out food because you didn’t store it correctly! You’ll be surprised how long you can extend the food’s shelf life and how much you can save the grocery budget.