Storing food correctly keeps it fresh for longer
Whether fruit and vegetables, meat and dairy or frozen foods when it comes to storing food, there are certain things to bear in mind that will keep it fresh for longer.
When it comes to storage, different food types have different needs. As well as a fridge and freezer, having the additional option of an unheated storage room or cellar is ideal.
When keeping food in the fridge, pay attention to the different temperature zones in order to ensure optimal conditions for the food in question. Food stored in the fridge also requires suitable packaging to prevent it from drying out and to keep germs and odours at bay. Anything that doesn’t need to be refrigerated - like flour, nuts and pulses, or baking ingredients such as cocoa - should be stored somewhere dry and dark.
Lots of foods need to be refrigerated, but it is important to remember that the temperature is not actually the same in every part of the fridge. Whilst there are now fridges that use ventilation to keep the temperature consistent throughout, classic fridges with different temperature zones are still the most common.
Some fridges also have a zero-degree zone. This extra compartment remains at zero degrees, which keeps certain foods fresh for even longer. In addition to temperature, the humidity level also has a part to play. Thus, there are often two zero-degree zones: one with around 50% humidity, which is ideal for storing meat and fish, and one with a humidity level of around 95%—ensuring that vegetables stay crisp and retain their vitamin content for longer.
Tinned foods are ideal for storage and will usually keep for years—often well past the use-by date. They are best kept in a dry, dark storage room that is not too warm. When buying tinned food, make sure the tin isn’t damaged or dented. If the lid bulges outwards, dispose of the tin immediately. Leftovers from opened tins should be placed in a storage container or glass bowl, covered and stored in the fridge.
Once frozen, most foods will keep for several months. Before freezing, however, they should be packaged as airtight as possible. It is then advisable to write both the date of freezing and the contents on the packaging. Once defrosted, use up promptly and do not refreeze.
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