One of the most used household appliances is definitely the refrigerator, and there is a certain logic behind the way in which the food in it must be stored for it to not spoil faster than it should.
Read the following lines to learn how to store the food in the refrigerator properly, and enjoy your favorite foods for a longer time by applying what you learn. In addition, you will have a better organized refrigerator as well.
Dairy products should be left in the containers they came in, but if you transfer milk to a pitcher for example, you shouldn’t put it back in the container if you haven’t finished it, but rather cover the pitcher tightly and store it into the refrigerator to avoid spoiling the whole milk container.
With hard cheeses, it’s fine to keep them in their original wrapping until you first use them, but afterwards you should wrap the hard cheeses in foil, loose plastic, or wax paper when you store them in the fridge to keep them fresh.
Fruits and vegetables
The first things that you must always remember with fruits and vegetables is to never wash them before storing them in the refrigerator, because they will rot and mold quickly due to the dampness.
No matter what fruit or vegetable you are storing in your fridge, remember to never store two different types together, because both vegetables and fruits give off gasses that cause others to deteriorate, therefore store every type of vegetable and every type of fruit separately for them to not rot or harm each other.
When it comes to vegetables and fruits that are susceptible to drying out, place them in perforated bags when you store them in the fridge to allow air to circulate but to maintain a proper level of moist for them to be fresh and good for eating for a longer time.
Meat, fish, and poultry
Meat, fish, and poultry should be kept in their store wrapping, and if they don’t have one you should wrap them to make sure that you don’t expose them to bacteria. Also, remember to put them on plates to not drip blood on the refrigerator’s shelves.
A rule that you must always remember is to refrigerate leftovers within two hours of cooking them, even if they’re still hot for the leftovers to not get spoiled. Also, store them in airtight containers or wraps for their smell to not invade the whole refrigerator and to keep them fresh for a long time.
If you want to keep the leftovers away from stubborn bacteria spores that resist the high temperatures of cooking, divide and store them into small and flat containers to cool faster and to not allow the bacteria spores to germinate.