Storing our food in the refrigerator is the first answer to our mind when we thinking about how to let foods keep the long-lasting freshness.
Actually, the fridge's chief duty is slowing the growth of bacteria in food, however, some common mistakes may interface such a process and you could turn your guts into a whirlpool with a case of food poisoning.
Try to answer the following questions and do a quick check:
1.How often do you clean your fridge?
Scouring the icebox is never at the top of anyone's weekend to-do list, but putting it off can be dangerous. Experts recommend a weekly cleaning, especially for the crispers and where you store your meat. You can use hot, soapy water or a mix of vinegar and water to clean your fridge.
2.When was the last time you checked the temperature in your fridge?
To prevent a bacterial invasion in your fridge, you’d better adjust the fridge temp between 32° and 40°F and the freezer temp below 0°F. And don't stand there with the door open, trying to figure out what to eat. That raises the temp even more, especially during warm weather.
3.How many foods did you store in your fridge?
To some, a packed fridge is a sign of abundance. But take this in mind: Cold air needs to circulate to keep food chilled and bulldoze bacteria, and it can't do that in a crowded environment. Store too much foods may bring a day of diarrhea.
Did the above question catch your attention? Good. Avoid there common mistakes from now.
So, let's go back to the headline, what is the correct and wise way to store food? What should we do?
- 1. Store all leftovers in leak-proof,clear containers and use a Preservative Film to help your food stay as fresh as possible.
- 2. Follow the 'first in, first out' rule: always eat the oldest foods first.
- 3. Refrigerate them within two hours of cooking. And there's no need to wait for piping-hot foods to cool down before storing them―modern refrigerators can handle the heat.
FRUITS AND VEGETABLES:
- 1. Keep fruits and vegetables separate and store like: apples with apples, carrots with carrots.
- 2. Don't wash produce before refrigerating it. The dampness can make it mold and rot more quickly.
- 1. When you a fresh gallon of milk, rotate the older items to the front so that they can be used before the expiration date.
- 2. Whatever you do, don't store your milk in the door—it's the warmest spot in the fridge. The door should be used for nonperishable drinks and condiments only.
MEAT, FISH, AND POULTRY:
- 1. Put these in the coldest spot in your fridge.
- 2. Keep all fresh meat,fish ,and poultry in its store wrapping.