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Keeping our food inside the fridge is a great way to preserve their freshness and shelf life. A colder temperature is a nice way to keep our food fresh and in perfect shape for consumption. Fridge’s cold environment can also help your food protected from the presence of molds and other bacteria that could pose serious problems within our family’s health. For families, this could be a little problem as there is a larger consumption of food, as compared to other people who live alone or who live with roommates!
For families or even single professionals, there are so many ways on how to actually improve our food shelf life! Check out our article and know more about the top 5 amazing food storage hacks to make them last longer inside your fridge! These hacks will surely help you save some cash by preserving your fruits, veggies, bread and other food items a tad longer than they usually last!
First on our food storage hacks is dedicated to fruits! We all know that fruits are one of the most fragile food items we have in our kitchens. The external pressure and the outside environment can totally affect their freshness and consumability. Since fruits are fragile, keeping them inside the fridge is not just enough. When keeping them inside the fridge, it is always advisable to store them into the crisper. The fridge crisper is really intended for fruits and vegetables. This bottom compartment has lesser humidity as compared to other portions of the refrigerator.
Here are the specific food hacks you should do to keep some fruits in perfect shape:
- Apples – for your unsliced apples, you can keep them the way they are inside the crisper. You can keep all of the foam covers to keep them away from bruises. If you have sliced the apple, you can squeeze a lemon on the sliced portion and keep them away from other contents of the crisper. This way, the lemons can prevent browning on the exposed portion of the fruit.
- Avocados – Since avocados are very soft and very prone to bruising, you can keep them wrapped in a foam cover or even newspaper for bruise prevention. Just like apples, if you have cut the avocados and some were left, you can still keep them! Just make sure to squeeze in some lemon into it to prevent spoiling and browning.
- Bananas – Some of us keep bananas just on top of the tables. That’s actually good! But to some who are keeping their bananas inside the fridge, you can actually make the fruit’s shelf life longer! Before storing your bananas make sure to cover the holding stem with a cling wrap to ensure that the moisture is locked. The practice of adding a cling wrap into the banana stem can keep your fruits fresh with an additional 3-5 days of good-looking bananas. Don’t separate your bananas if you are not to consume them immediately.
- Other modest fruits such as berries and peaches – if you are a fan of eating berries, it is always best to keep them in a hard container to keep them away from scarring and bruises. Since they are modest, berries are also very prone to molds! The presence of other fruits can also spoil them faster. If you keep them in containers, you are adding an external shield to the open environment they are inside your fridge’s crisper.
2. Liquid Dairy Products
Keeping some dairy products inside the fridge is already good practice. If you want a better way to keep them more longer is to keep them at the back of the fridge! Singapore Food Agency (SFA) suggests that all dairy items such as milk and cheese products should be isolated from allergens and other pathogens. In order to keep dairy fresh, SFA also suggested that these types of products should be kept at 4 degrees Celsius and below.
To ensure that our pastry products won’t go sour the soonest, store them at the back portion of the refrigerator’s main compartments. The back part is the coolest section of the fridge. Your dairy products can also stay away from the warm kitchen air that goes in every time you open the fridge’s door.
You can also add in a pinch of salt to every open packs or galloon of liquid dairy products inside your fridge. The salt can act as a natural preservative for the milk.
If you are not actually consuming your milk too often, the best suggestion is to freeze your milk and just defrost it when needed.
3. Cheese and food colloids
On the third part of our food storage hacks include cheese and other food colloids such as mayonnaise and other spreads such as jelly and peanut butter. Once you have opened a jar of spreads, it is highly suggested to keep them refrigerated and tightly sealed.
Here are the other specific food hacks you can try:
- Cheese – instead of wrapping your leftover cheese in a foil wrap or plastic wrap, it would be better to wrap them in parchment paper instead. The parchment paper will be better protection against moisture and molds for your cheese products inside the fridge.
- Jar of Spreads and Preserves – apart from keeping the jars of preserves tightly sealed, you can also add a duct tape on jar’s lid to make it sure that the freshness and moisture are locked. This practice will not only add months of freshness to your jar of preserves. It will also help you have an easier way to open your jars when needed.
4. Bread and pastry
If you are keeping your bread outside the fridge, that’s fine! But do you know that having your bread and pastry inside your refrigerator will help you store them a bit longer? The outside environment makes your bread and pastry exposed to molds and other food spoiling agents. When keeping your pastry products inside the fridge, you may follow the following food storage hacks:
- Bread – Before storing your bread directly in the fridge, you should cover it with a kitchen towel then secure it in a paper bag. This will create a shield on your bread against moisture and molds that might come from other contents of your fridge.
- Cakes – If you have a cake keeper, then that’s the best way to go! If you don’t then better wrap the cake in a plastic cling wrap in at least three layers. This way you can lock in the moisture of the cake for freshness. The additional layers of the plastic wrap can also prevent the external smell of other food products inside your fridge on penetrating the cake. You don’t want your leftover meals to get up with your cake’s smell right? Keep your cakes fresh!
Well, the last and certainly not the least on our food storage hacks list is for the mighty veggies. Here are the specific food hacks for some of the well-used and highly consumed vegetables on a household:
- Green Leafy Vegetables – Leaves such as lettuce, bok choy, and other greens as best stored when they are rinsed. After rinsing, you should keep these vegetables wrapped in a paper towel and sealed on a ziplock. This practice can also be done with cauliflowers, broccolis and cabbages.
- Tomatoes – Do you know that you should not put tomatoes inside the fridge not until they are fully riped? Keeping tomatoes inside the fridge while they’re green can totally affect its ripening process. If you are into green tomatoes, then you can store them right away into the crisper.
Morever, here is the list of vegetables which should not be placed inside the fridge:
- Unpeeled Onions
With all of these food storage hacks being shared, we hope that we have helped you make the shelf life of your foods a little bit longer than the way they should. Always keep in mind, that in order to make these steps faster you should also ensure that your fridge is properly functioning and well-cleaned. A broken fridge can also be a factor to spoil your food! If you are having some trouble with your fridge, you should contact an appliance repair expert to make it running into its optimum performance once again!