Storing foods on the right shelves isn’t just about aesthetics, it’s primarily about extending their shelf life. Freshness, taste and flavor come into play. And if we insist a lot, it is necessary above all to protect your health and the health of your family. Find out the purpose of your refrigerator shelves and how to properly store your food products!
As you already know, each shelf in the refrigerator has its own purpose. Proper food storage is also essential to maintain its nutritional value, taste, freshness and shelf life. Therefore, when optimally stored, we can safely consume it. In addition, some establishments draw our attention to the problem of food waste. Furthermore, some strong slogans have emerged recently, such as the “I store, I don’t waste” campaign. Of course, you still have to learn how to better store your food. Follow the guide!
This is the cold part of the refrigerator that includes the upper two-thirds of the refrigerator and that fluctuates between 4 and 6 degrees Celsius. This is where you should keep your yogurt, dairy products, kefir, and butter. But also leftovers and cooked meals tightly sealed, to always stay away from raw foods to avoid cross-contamination. This type of temperature aids in the development of good bacteria. On the lower shelves, these items will spoil faster.
Around the middle, it is recommended to stock up on products with shorter expiration dates, such as cottage cheese, packaged mature cheeses, milk, dairy desserts, or deli meats. It is also where you can store cooked meat and fish in closed containers.
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The so-called “cold zone” ranges between 0 and 4 degrees Celsius. It is an ideal place to stock up on raw meat and fish, fresh produce that has already been opened, bagged lettuce, fresh cream or homemade mayonnaise. Remember that due to the fish’s smell, it’s a good idea to store it properly protected, and raw meat will stay fresh longer if you soak it.
The temperature in the trays is between 6 and 10 degrees Celsius and the humidity is higher. This is the perfect place to store fruits and vegetables. Less tolerant varieties will go up to two days without washing, but lettuce or chives last for several days. Packed vegetables and fruits should not be closed tightly, because the lack of air converts nitrates into nitrates that are dangerous to your health. Hard and yellow cheeses should be stored in this area but packed well.
The refrigerator door detects a variable temperature between 6 and 10 degrees Celsius. You can stock jam, mustard, ketchup, milk cartons, juice, preserved sauces, soft drinks, vegetable oil or horseradish.
Even if it’s often a good idea to keep your eggs out of the refrigerator, at room temperature, you can still keep them in their designated place for up to 2-3 weeks after purchasing them but without washing them.
What are the best food storage containers?
Since the air in the refrigerator is cool but relatively dry, it is best to store food in containers, aluminum foil, or parchment paper. Such plates will make it possible to insulate food well, without letting air through and avoiding unpleasant odors. On the other hand, parchment paper does not protect against moisture or loss of flavor, unlike aluminum foil, which prevents the rapid formation of mold.
NB : Prepared products such as soup or salad should be kept in a salad bowl with a lid or an airtight container.
Vegetables and fruits to store in the refrigerator:
- green leafy vegetables
- Broccoli and cauliflower
- An apple
- Raspberries, raspberries, blueberries
Vegetables and fruits that should not be kept in the refrigerator:
- fresh herbs
- citrus fruits
- Peach and apricot
Store prepared meals in the refrigerator for a maximum of three days for health reasons! Remember that raw products and homemade dishes should be on different shelves to avoid any possible contamination!