How to keep food fresh in the refrigerator: useful tips

By Daniil PiskunJun 13, 2024 10:37 AMFood Life hack
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How to keep food fresh in the refrigerator
How to keep food fresh in the refrigerator. Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Our refrigerators hold the key to extending the shelf life of food and preserving its quality. SSPDaily offers tips to prevent food spoilage and unexpected cross-mixing of flavors, as well as to understand how to organize their storage.

First, carefully consider which products are suitable for each shelf. It is advisable to place pre-cooked foods exclusively on the top shelf. This area is ideal for ready-to-eat meals that can be conveniently picked up and eaten right away. It is recommended to store perishable foods and dairy products such as eggs, milk, and cream on the middle shelf, which is slightly cooler.

The lowest shelf, designated for raw meat and fish, ensures that any potential drips do not come into contact with other foods. By strictly adhering to this principle, you effectively reduce the risk of cross-contamination and promote food safety.

Contrary to popular belief, it is important to refrain from using the refrigerator door as a place to store perishable food. The door is exposed to relatively high temperatures, which makes it unsuitable for products that require a consistently low temperature. Therefore, it is better to store non-perishable foods, such as spices, condiments, water, oil, sauces, and drinks.

Pay attention to the features of the drawers or compartments. They are often divided into two types - with high and low humidity - and contain the secret to perfect food preservation. Such compartments are available in advanced devices.

The humidity compartment is the perfect environment for fruits and vegetables to keep them crisp and fresh. Place them in plastic containers with airtight lids or use paper. On the other hand, a low humidity drawer is useful for storing meat, fish, and most cheeses.

In addition to knowing where to store your food, choosing the right containers for refrigeration is equally important. Glass containers are especially recommended for storing prepared foods, as they retain freshness and do not change the flavor.

Whenever possible, make it a habit to transfer food from pots and pans to glassware. If you intend to store food directly in the pot for a short period of time, make sure it is properly sealed with a lid.

Plastic containers can be used for storing fruits and vegetables, but only if they are designed for this purpose. For containers without lids, covering them with foil or cling film is an effective alternative. The temptation to use melamine containers for food storage should be avoided.

Likewise, containers made of thermosetting plastic are not suitable for the refrigerator. To ensure your health and the integrity of your food, it is advisable to refrain from using such containers altogether.

Finally, you should not store food in aluminum or cast iron cookware. Aluminum can oxidize and negatively affect the quality of the food it comes into contact with. Similarly, cast iron can lead to rusting, making it unsuitable for storage. Avoiding the use of such cookware ensures the highest standards of food preservation and guarantees a healthy and delicious culinary experience.

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