For every appetite, there is a way of approaching food.
We head to our local markets in search of groceries to stock our fridges. Fruits and vegetables are just the beginning of the wide assortment go items we choose to fill our shopping baskets during our stroll down the aisles.
However, have you ever had the issue of finding that great spring mix salad you purchased has gone bad? Green doesn’t look so healthy when it’s brown. Even if it’s not a salad or some other form of greenery we’ve all probably had the issue where food has gone bad in our fridges.
Even though foods have a perishable timeline there still is are things we do to accelerate that by not storing them properly. Here are a few tips to keep your food stored can give it not only a shelf life which your wallet will appreciate but also can ensure that it’s still fresh when you get around to eating it.
Keeping Your Food Fresh for a Longer Time
1. You Can’t Take It with You
Perhaps the simplest way to make sure you don’t have food rotting in your fridge is to watch how much of it you’re purchasing, to begin with.
It’s a good practice for your budget and lifestyle to plan your meals in advance. How much do you eat every day? Are you cooking for a family of 5, or are you a bachelor who only has one mouth to feed?
These are all things you can consider before going to the market by making a well thought out list of how much you plan to eat. The worst case scenario is that you run out of food and must go back to the market, but at least you won’t have anything rotting in your fridge.
2. Fruits and Veggies
While both have considerable benefits in leading a healthy lifestyle they each have their own storage needs to stay fresh.
Certain fruits like apples and cantaloupes give off intense levels of ethylene gas, which vegetables do not typically have. The results of this combination could cause veggies to spoil faster, so it’s best to keep these items separate.
Apples are the most known for their ethylene emissions and should be stored separately even from other fruits. On the other hand, bananas tend to stay fresher when stored together.
Dairy products including cheese can tend to have different needs in terms of storage. For example, milk should not be kept in the refrigerator door because it needs a consistent temperature to stay fresh. This can only be found on the shelf. Milk also stays fresher inside of glass bottles.
Some dairy products like butter can be stored frozen so you can separate quantities for immediate and future use.
4. Fish and Poultry
A lot of keeping things fresh has to do with planning, and especially knowing when you’re going to use something.
Store bought meats have a shelf life of about two days in the original packaging before you must wrap them in foil and place them in the freezer. Fish live by a different code and if not being eaten immediately should be kept on ice and placed in your fridge for freshness.
Eggs are probably the simplest of all things to store because they’re straightforward. You can leave them in their original carton as a storage best practice. Additionally, you can easily tell their freshness by the fact that rotten eggs will float in water.
Bread can be tricky to deal with.
A safe bet is to leave it in the original packaging and ensure that you’ve tied the bag up properly. It’s a common belief that placing a bread in a fridge will keep it fresher longer, but the truth is quite the opposite. The cold temperatures react with the starch speeding up the spoiling process much quicker than at room temperatures.
Prepare to Plan
Perhaps you don’t need to be as extreme as fitness gurus who meal prep and package every single meal day in advance, but the truth is that planning can help. You can follow guidelines for keeping your food fresh and still end up with spoiled food because you simply have too much in your fridge.
Use these tips to keep your food fresh, while planning for what you will eat during the week. You’ll save money, be more organized, and always have a great meal.