If you’re reading my blog, I’m sure you’re either a good cook or on the way to becoming one *grins*. So, you know all about cooking, but do you know HOW TO store perishable food safely and properly? Perishable food items like vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy products need to be stored in the refrigerator else, they will spoil easily. Besides the refrigerator, freezers and emergency dehydrated food and water storage are good alternatives.

Having said that, you do not just dump these perishable food in the refrigerator and expect it to prevent spoilage altogether. There are proper ways of storage and here’s how I do it:

  • For meat, poultry and fish, I place them in plastic bags, which are then stored in plastic freezer containers and kept in the freezer. I also like to label the containers with the date of purchase so that I know how long they have been in the freezer. You can also use aluminium foils to wrap these food or place them in freezer bags.
  • Most fruits and vegetables will benefit from refrigeration with the exception of bananas, avocados, and onions which  are better kept at room temperature.
  • Dairy items are to be kept as chilled as possible. So, it is best to store eggs and milk in the inner part of the fridge instead of keeping them on the inside door of the refrigerator.
  • Bottles of salad dressings and mayonaise that have been opened should be kept in the refrigerator. These items usually do not have a long shelf life so, be sure to check the expiry date from time to time.

While storing food in the refrigerator can prevent them from spoiling, avoid storing food too long as harmful bacteria can sometimes grow. Yup, even in refrigerators!

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