Special tips regarding the process of how to store food, leftovers, or the upcoming meal menus will be discussed in this blog.
A household device that everyone uses in his home to make food items cold and save it from harsh environmental conditions is called a refrigerator or fridge. Whenever I or you cook a meal then the next process comes, how to store that food which is necessary for the preservation of food. So, what gets in the fridge. Let’s have an amazing discussion with me.
What goes in the fridge?
Most over, foods mostly cover the fridge shelf to prevent them from the growth of germs and to keep them fresh and safe for the long run. The foods that we use in our daily life mark ‘’use by’’ date and ‘’keep refrigerated’’ on the label such as meat, milk, and ready meal. Primarily, Daily life food that you consume must be stored within 2 hours after preparation and store them in the fridge and eat them within at least 2-3 days. Avoid placing the open cans in the fridge to prevent the food from developing metallic taste.
Food items place in the fridge
- Dairy products, yogurt, and cream
- Cream cakes, butter, cooked meals, leftovers, and other packaged foods
- Always cover and keep in sealed containers like raw meat, poultry, and fish
- Keep ready to eat fruits and vegetables in containers, and always wash before use
- Keep the temperature of your fridge below 5 degree
- Clean and check your fridge regularly to ensure that it remains hygienic and also in good working order.
‘’Use by’’ dates
fortunately, no food lasts forever, for how much time it is stored. Always check that pre-packed foods carry either a ‘’use by’’ or ‘’use before’’ date.
‘’use by’’ date are those that go off quickly and it will be dangerous to eat these foods pat time
‘’use before’’ are those that are long-lasting for some time. They show how much time is food is edible for you.
You can freeze pretty much everything that you want to store as leftover or for the next meal menu.
- Cheese (except soft cheese)
- Eggs, also including boiled eggs
- Baked goods
- Bananas: peel and wrap them in an airtight container before placing them in the fridge)
Store this food item from 6-8 degree:
- Jars of capers
- Miracle whip
Store these dairy products at 5 degrees:
- Unopened mil products
Store these veggies and fruits at 2-4 degrees:
- Bean sprouts
Food items that are enriched with water content like tomatoes and strawberries will go quickly squish but it will be fine to use them within the limited time for cooking purposes.
The procedure for storing eggs
Eggs are best stored in the fridge if they do not under temperature fluctuations. Eggs storing method involves two ways:
- Firstly, for baking purposes- crack eggs and separate yolks and whites in separate plastic containers before freezing.
- Secondly, for omelet- crack the eggs into a plastic bowl and beta them properly before freezing.
Storing meat and poultry
However, it’s essential to store meat and poultry products to prevent them from bacterial damage.
- Store them in clean and sealed containers at on bottom shelf of the fridge
- Follow instructions on the label and do not eat after the past date
- Keep cooked meat separate from raw meat
Freezing and defrosting seafood and meat
- Freeze it any time before the past date
- Defrost it before cooking
- Defrost meat or fish in a microwave if you want to cook it straight away
- Cook food unless it is cooked thoroughly
Make sure that meat is properly warped and you can freeze for a long time, whenever you want to store it. Consume it within 2-3 months.
Please, do not waste leftovers they can be your tomorrow lunch. Follow these tips.
- Cool leftovers as possible
- Use refrigerated leftovers within a time span of 2 days minimum
- Foods stored in the freezer such as ice-cream or desserts should not be frozen again once they are thawed
Reusing bags for foods
Most people reuse food bags, again and again, to halt food from becoming the fungus oriented. This will save food from bacterial attack.
- Packing raw foods separately from ready-to-eat food, in separate bags
- Keep or 2 useable bags for raw food, do not use the for ready-to-eat foods
- Check your bags form spillages, like meat juices or soil