How to Keep Things Fresh in Your Kitchen

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No matter how hard you try, there are always a few things lying around your kitchen that are going to go bad. We’ve all had times when we’ve bought more than we can eat.

Not only is this bad for the environment, but it ends up costing money and time. Thankfully, there is a lot you can do to prevent your food from going bad.

Here’s a list of some of the easiest ways to keep the food in your kitchen fresh.

1. Temperature Control

Temperature control is the most important element of food safety. If your kitchen or fridge is too hot, your food is going to go bad quickly.

You especially need to make sure that meat, eggs, and dairy products are being kept at the right temperature. Consuming meat, dairy, and eggs at the wrong temperature is the main cause of food poisoning.

Since the fridge is where you should be keeping these products, regularly check the fridge and freezer temperature.

You should also ensure that the temperature of your kitchen isn’t too hot. Fruits and vegetables are also sensitive to the heat.

2. Keeping the Fridge Closed

The importance of temperature can’t be emphasized enough. Since fridges are airtight and very cold, it may not seem like opening the fridge door would change the temperature much.

Opening the fridge door lets in a lot of heat, and adding warm or room temperature foods will lower the overall temperature of the fridge.

If you put a lot in the fridge at once, leave it shut for a while before opening it again.

Standing in front of the fridge looking for what you want will also lower the temperature.

If your fridge isn’t sealing properly, you might not think it’s a big deal, but that’s not the case. If you’re having problems keeping the door sealed, check out these tips from Home Repair Geek.

3. Keep things Sealed

Don’t open food until you’re planning on eating it. Even bags or boxes with airtight seals let in oxygen whenever you open them.

If you have chips or candies or foods that can’t easily be resealed, put them in airtight containers. This will also prevent bugs from getting into them.

Even when sealed, most food will eventually go bad. While you don’t need to eat an entire bag of chips as soon as you’ve opened it, you should eat food as quickly as you can once you’ve opened it.

This will also help keep your kitchen organized and clean.

4. Product Specific Information

Requirements for meat storage are very different from tea storage. Do the research on ideal storage for each product, especially more expensive ones.

Most foods need to be kept away from direct sunlight in a cool, but not necessarily cold area. Teas and coffee should be sealed in airtight containers.

Another product you need to be very careful about storing is marijuana. Here is an article from Veriheal about proper storage for various types of cannabis products.

Olive oils and vinegars should be kept out of direct sunlight, as should wine, beer, and most spirits. White wine is best kept in the fridge, whereas red wine is ideally stored in an environment slightly cooler than room temperature.

5. Freezing Food

Freezing food is the best way to keep it fresh while preserving the most nutrients. Frozen fruits and vegetables are much healthier than canned ones.

Almost every type of food can be frozen and warmed up later. Most foods, including meats, can stay good in the freezer for several years. Here is some information on meat storage from My Chicago Steak.

The only disadvantage to freezing food is that frozen food will take longer to thaw than food stored in the fridge.

Ideally, move frozen foods into the fridge the day before you want to cook them to let them cool off.

Thawing meat at room temperature or in the microwave is risky and can lead to food contamination.

Conclusion

There’s no reason to let food go bad. If you keep these tips in mind, you’ll find that your food stays fresher longer and that your trips to the grocery store will be more productive. 

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