When it comes to food economy, sometimes it’s easier said than done to keep food fresh at home. It’d be nice if we could all afford a high tech commercial standard fridge from Corr Chilled for home use, but sometimes we need to find immediate solutions to the problem of how to keep food fresh at home for longer.
Proper Fridge Storage
The first thing to remember is that if you leave food out of the fridge, it will go off! It sounds like such a sensible thing to do, but it’s surprising how many people choose to store food in cupboards when it would last so much longer in a chilled environment.
Bread is a good example of this. If you find that your bread always ends up going stale or mouldy, it’s a good idea to keep it in a fridge instead of in your breadbin.
Organise Your Fridge Properly
The placement of your foodstuffs in your fridge will affect the longevity of each different type of food. Fish and poultry should always be kept in the coldest part of your refrigerator, at the bottom. And for added economy, keep your fish on a layer of ice as would be done in the supermarket.
Some vegetables should not be stored in the fridge, whilst others absolutely should. Potatoes should never be kept in the fridge as they will turn sweet, and the same applies to onions and garlic.
Freeze Wherever Possible
Almost any type of foodstuff can be frozen, as long as you thaw it properly before eating it and make sure it’s safe to refreeze, should you so desire. Even cheese can be frozen, providing it’s wrapped tightly in plastic before it’s stored, and bread can be frozen almost indefinitely.
Freezing is a great way to keep food fresh for longer but the freezing and thawing process can potentially drain your food of flavour. Always wrap food thoroughly before putting it into the freezer.
Storing Other Foodstuffs
To get more shelf life out of your dry and canned goods, you can use vacuum sealed food systems to prolong the life of your food and keep it fresh for longer. However the best policy, when it comes to keeping food fresh, is always to only buy what you need. But sometimes this isn’t possible, especially when it’s cheaper to buy in bulk.