Most of us lead really busy lives and so hardly give a second thought to how much food we are consuming, let alone storing in our refrigerator from day to day. Yet the successful dieters never forget the importance of buying food according to their diet plans, and storing, cooking and consuming it according to a set schedule. That is what makes them successful where others fail. Here are 9 tips on how to store food in your fridge for a good and lasting effect.
1 – Salads and Vegetables
It’s very important to keep salads and vegetables stored away safely in the vegetable container that is made exclusively for this purpose. Traditionally placed at the bottom, this is the moistest part of the fridge as veggies thrive in a moist and cool temperature. They do not need to be frozen and thawed every time you prepare a dish.
2 – Milk
If they ever made custom refrigerators, I’d sure like to give the manufacturers a tip never to place milk shelves in the door compartment, as this the part having the most temperature fluctuations. It is affected every time we open and close the fridge. Rather milk will last longer and taste better if placed near the bottom where it is cooler.
3 – Eggs
Another error is to store eggs in the topmost compartment, which is unfortunately tailor made for eggs. I would rather not store eggs in the fridge at all, especially if they are farm fresh. However it is a good idea to store them in the middle compartments of the fridge, where the temperature is most consistent. Eggs should be consumed within 30 days of purchase.
4 – Dairy Products
Besides the milk covered above, there is cheese, cream and yogurt. All these should be placed near the bottom half of the fridge. Hard cheese is an exception- it can go almost anywhere but avoid placing near articles which can contaminate the cheese flavor. Butter and soft cheese can go in the door compartments created for them.
5 – Condiments
Condiments don’t really belong in a fridge unless you like to store them long term. They should be kept in an exclusive area, as the smell and flavor can resonate through the fridge if not kept carefully.
6 – Fruit Juices
We often tend to overlook the importance of storing fruit juices properly, as they are generally meant to be consumed as soon as possible to get the maximum benefit of their nutrients. However it is always a good idea to store these near the bottom of the fridge as it is cooler and keeps the juice fresh for a longer period.
7 – Deli and Cooked Meats
Some fridges have a meat-safe drawer or compartment, others don’t. There is no need to despair. Just store the meat near or in the freezer compartment and it will be fine.
8 – Raw Meat
Raw meat should never be placed in the vicinity of cooked or processed foods. For best results, store raw meat after it has been washed and placed in plastic bags to avoid contamination, in the freezer compartment. Remove each package and thaw as needed.
9 – Fruits
Fruits likewise need to be stored in places where humidity is low. Keep them in their original packing and do not skin before storing.