Fruits & Vegetables
Did you know certain fruits and veggies give off gases that can cause others to deteriorate? That said, keep fruits and vegetables separately and store like with like (this mean apples with apples). For a more detailed look at vegetables storage advice, check out this post. Also, avoid washing produce before refrigerating it. Dampness can make it mold and rot more quickly. If you wash certain items before storing, like herbs, be sure they are dried well and stored properly to ensure longevity.
It’s best to keep dairy products like milk, yogurt and sour cream in the containers they came in. When it comes to hard cheese, again, it’s best to store it in the original wrapping until after you use them. Post-enjoyment bliss, wrap them in wax paper and/or loose plastic.
Fish, Meat, and Poultry
Keep fresh meats and fish in the original wrapping. Re-wrapping or placing it an alternative dish doesn’t help extend shelf life, but instead increases the risk of exposing the food to bacteria. Yikes!
Store all leftovers in airtight, leak-proof containers. Moisture released from foods can make the refrigerator work harder to keep cool, wasting energy.
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Greenly: Pack Smarter
By Natalie Ghio | July 19, 2013
I’m not talking about your next trip here. This week, I’m talking about how to pack your fridge to keep foods fresher longer.
Since I (willingly) ate through all the produce in my fridge before I left for vacation, I returned home to a bare, empty icebox. As I slowly begin to restock with trips to the green market, I thought it was the perfect time to review the basics of food storage. With a little research, I came across these tips to keep foods fresher longer — meaning there’s less food waste. Have more ideas? Then share them with us below. Happy packing, everyone!
What other food storage tips do you have to share? I’m looking for more helpful advice!
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Besides composting, I love traveling, yoga, exploring new flavors, supporting local farms, and cooking for friends at my home in Brooklyn. more