It’s economical and convenient to buy your food in bulk rather than make daily trips to the grocery store. That, however, presents a challenge because some foods lose their taste and spoil your appetite or go bad putting you at risk of food poisoning. This is often because of the way they are stored. Different foods have varying shelf lives and suitable storage methods to keep them fresh for a long time. Your food will go stale or lose taste if you don’t store it properly or store longer than it can stay fresh. Follow these tips to keep your food fresh and tasty.
Freeze your raw meats
Raw beef, poultry and fish should be frozen if you want to extend their shelf life. You can keep raw meats in the refrigerator if you are going to consume them within a few days but they need colder temperatures for long term storage. You may want to check the Criterion Freezer Reviews for a suitable chest freezer if the freezer compartment in your refrigerator is too small and you are forced to store some meats with other foods.
Store raw meats in containers or wrappers to prevent them from contaminating other foods. Most raw meats can stay fresh for up to four months when frozen but that shelf life is halved when cooked and stored under the same conditions.
Keep bananas out of the fridge and away from other fruits
You should not keep ripe bananas in the refrigerator in an attempt to keep them fresh for longer. This is often counterproductive since cold conditions makes them ripen even more making the go bad faster. On the other hand, do not put unripen bananas in the refrigerator either, as it halts the ripening process and the bananas will never ripen even if you remove them from the fridge.
Ripe bananas emit ethylene, which accelerates the ripening process in other fruits and can make them go bad faster. So keep them away from other fruits.
Keep you bread in a cool, dry place
Most bakeries put clear instructions in the bread wrapper that breads should be kept in a cool, dry place but some people still deem it fit to refrigerate breads. This significantly affects the taste of the bread as it makes it dry and crusty.
Bread is one of the foods that should never be refrigerated, a list that includes tomatoes, potatoes, onions, coffee and honey. Freezing or refrigerating these foods makes them lose their taste and spoil faster.
Refrigerate most of your fruits
While citrus fruits don’t have to be refrigerated for at least a week, they taste better when chilled. So, unless your refrigerator is full, keep your oranges and lemons in the fridge. Don’t freeze them though.
Berries should be kept in the fridge because they overripe when left at room temperatures. Always keep them in the refrigerator and remove them thirty minutes before your meal for the best taste. Watermelons can go in the refrigerators but only when they are whole. Watermelons cuts lose their taste and water in cold conditions.
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