It is true that we cannot keep food fresh forever, but with the efficient methods, we can definitely prolong it. Preserving food correctly not only save your money but also protect your food from change in color, texture and nutrition.
Meat, poultry and fish
In order to maintain quality and freshness of raw meat, poultry and fish, it is critical to keep it cold enough to deactivate the bacteria. Usually, raw food last safely within roughly three days in the refrigerator. If you wish to keep uncooked food for a longer period of time, freezing them is the best way. It is recommended to properly prep it before freezing as follow:
- First of all, carefully wash them with fresh water
- Put it in proper plastic bags or food storage containers and cover the containers then store in freezer
Then they absolutely can be frozen for a couple of months.
However, with the help of a vacuum food-saver, you are now able to extend your food life up to 3-5 times longer than the conventional ways. Today, it is not difficult for you to find the best vacuum sealer of many types in the market that satisfies your needs from a counter top model to a handheld one.
Fruit and vegetables
For fresh fruits and vegetables, you should store them in the fridge and bear in mind those pieces of notice:
- Eliminate rotten ones and separate them according to categories as several types of fruits and vegetables are not compatible if being stored together. There are fruits giving off ethylene gas which can cause gas-sensitive vegetables to deteriorate prematurely so that you should keep them away from the fridge such as tomatoes, bananas, avocados, plums and pears.
- Put them into plastic bags and store in the refrigerator, not the freezer as too low temperature can spoil fruits and vegetables quickly.
- Do not store fruits and vegetables in airtight bags or containers because that might speed up rot. Preserve them in unsealed plastic bags instead to keep a moist environment while still facilitate air circulation.
- Once opened, milk is safe to consume within 3 days. That’s the reason why it is more convenient for you to buy milk in small amount rather than in large one to avoid storing milk in the fridge for too long.
- Keep milk containers tightly covered and stored separately from foods with strong odor in the refrigerator as milk can easily catch the odor.
- Leave milk in its original container to well maintain its flavor and nutrition. However, after transferring milk to serve in another container, don’t return the unused remains to the original one. It is better to tightly cover the new container with plastic wrap.
- Do not place cheese, yogurt, milk, cream and butter on the refrigerator door as it is the warmest place in the fridge. Instead, store it on the top shelf where the temperature is most stable.
- Do not leave milk and dairy products at room temperature for longer than necessary – never more than 2 hours.
- Store hard cheeses in the original wrap they come with until you use them. If you wish to store hard cheeses for three to four weeks in the fridge after released, you should tightly wrap them.
- Several types of cheese need to be constantly refrigerated while others do not. Usually, you should not take cheese with high moisture like ricotta and mozzarella out of the fridge for more than 2 hours.
- Opened butter should be carefully wrapped when being stored in the fridge.
- If you want to freeze butter, tightly cover each package in plastic or foil.