Correct food storage will give a lot of benefits to you which includes keeping your foods accordingly. There are few importance of proper food storage, the first one is to prevent food poisoning or stomach disease. Stomach disease is very serious and sometimes if you get food poisoning, the effect will affect you for a long time. It is also important for hygiene reasons. Sometimes keeping your food or ingredients in certain ways will make it exposed to the dirty air which will result in problems like food contamination.
Sometimes, storing your food and drinks in certain ways will help to increase the shelf life. So, in this article, I will share with you the tips on how to properly store your food in your kitchen. Some of these tips are something that I read on the internet.
1. Put dairy products at the back of the refrigerator
Dairy products are usually more sensitive and have a shorter storage period. They will either stink or rot (especially for cheese). Dairy products will usually need a lower temperature so that they can last long. It might fuss you a bit if you want to just grab and go, but if the milk is in a big amount, placing it at the back of your refrigerator would be better.
2. Keep leftovers in food storage containers
Usually, when you are living alone or just with 2 or 3 other people, you will have the tendency to cook more than what you will eat. Keeping the leftovers in airtight food storage containers will help to prevent it from spreading the smell to the entire place. It is also a good choice when you want to put it in your fridge so that it can be stacked properly without having to eat up more space.
3. Know where to put your fruits and vegetables
Sometimes where you put your fruits and vegetables will determine how long they can last. There are fruits that are not supposed to be placed in the refrigerator because they are more suitable to be placed at room temperature. For example, bananas, oranges, mangoes and pears are better to be placed at room temperature. You can just keep it in the refrigerator after you have cut it or peeled it.
4. Freeze homemade stocks in cubes or any shapes
Making homemade stocks is actually healthier because you know what you put in it. It is also easier to use in the future if you freeze your stocks into shapes like cubes, shells and so on. How you want to keep it, is up to your preference. If you want to make it into the size that you can use for a meal for two, just measure the stocks and you are good to go. You can easily find the silicone or plastic mold in any grocery store.
5. Wrap your leaves with paper towel
Wrap your leaves such as lettuce and spinach in a paper towel because when you dry and wrap your greens, it can keep the crunchiness and actually make it last longer than usual.