Know these 15 cool ways (pun intended!) to extend the shelf life of the fresh produce in your fridge.
Keep Temperatures Below 3 Degrees
The ideal temperature should actually be about 1.6°C.
Repack The Oldest Items In Front
This way, it’s the first in, first out.
Don't Overstock Your Fridge
This prevents air circulation, and if your food isn’t kept cool properly, they spoil much quicker.
Don't Put Milk In Fridge Door Racks
This area tends to fluctuate in temperature way more than the main compartments of the fridge each time you open it.
Store Meat In The Lowest Compartment Of The Fridge
That’s where it’s the coldest.
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Raw ground meats, poultry and seafood can be kept for up to two days, while raw roasts, steaks and chops can be kept for up to five.
Throw any uneaten food out after three days.
Line Your Bag Of Salad Greens With Kitchen Rolls
This’ll keep the greens crisp for longer. You deserve better than soggy salads.
Treat Your Fresh Herbs Like A Bouquet
Place them in a glass of water someplace where the light hits instead of in the fridge.
Keep Apples Away From Other Fruits
Apples produce ethylene gas, which make your fresh food go bad quicker.
One thing you should be keeping your apples with: this ethylene gas keep potatoes fresh and firm for longer.
Let Avocados Ripen In Room Temperature
In the cold, they stay rock hard and don’t make very good companions for your toast.
Do The Same For Fruits
Fruits like pears, peaches, kiwis and mangoes do better in room temperature.
Get Rid Of Bad Eggs
If you’re unsure of an egg’s freshness, plop them into a cup of water — fresh eggs sink, bad ones float.
Keep Strong Smelling Foods In Thick Wall Containers
Don’t let them — or even the containers — touch any other items in the fridge to avoid contamination.
Know Your Cheese
Hard cheeses like Goulda should be first wrapped in parchment paper before you store in a container in the fridge.
Soft cheeses like Camembert and Brie can simply he placed in a resealable plastic container.
Throw Out Rotten Produce
Not just because it’s gross, but also because it can contaminate and spoil the rest of the produce, too.
Text: Pinky Chng/The Finder