Storing food safely is just an all round good idea, you won’t have to throw it out too soon and waste money, you’ll always have something to snack on in the fridge, and knowing you’re not going to give yourself food poisoning is always a good thing. But have you really been storing your foods properly? Let’s find out with these 16 foods you may have been storing improperly your entire life!
Don’t store your bananas in the fridge, no matter how much you want to! Just wrap them each in plastic and pop them in a fruit bowl.
Do you store your milk in the fridge door like a lot of us? Well that’s not the best place for it! Store your milk in the back of the fridge where the temperature’s coldest and you’ll never accidentally get a mouthful of sour milk again.
Keep asparagus upright while you store it and wrap the ends in a damp paper towel. Cover loosely with a plastic bag and bam! Fresh asparagus.
Keep your grapes in a plastic bag but pop a paper towel in there with them. This will absorb any moisture and keep mould away.
Don’t keep your eggs in the fridge door, this will make them more vulnerable to temperature changes. Instead, keep them in their original carton in the fridge and they’ll star fresh for up to 4 weeks past their sell by date!
Cherry tomatoes will be fine in the fridge in the container they came in. Larger tomatoes should be ripened in the kitchen before storing them in the fridge too.
Keep your carrots away from fruit and remove the leafy tops before storing them.
The best temperature for storing yoghurt is 39 degrees fahrenheit. If you keep it at that temperature it’ll still be good for up to 2 weeks past it’s expiry date.
I know it’s tempting to wash your mushrooms before storing them but don’t do it! Just pop them into a paper bag in the fridge.
Put these in the fridge within 2 hours of cooking and always eat them within 5 days. Any longer than that and you’re running the risk of eating some very gross food.
Keep your berries in their original container and if you see any starting to mould, get rid of the mouldy ones straight away.
Moisture is cheese’s worst enemy. Keep it wrapped up tight and moisture-free and it’ll remain fresh for up to 4 months past its expiry date.
Always wrap raw meat in at least 2 layers of plastic and store away from cooked foods. This will stop cross-contamination if there’s any leakage.
14. Lunch meat
If your fridge has a meat compartment, store all of your lunch meat there. This will keep it fresh for up to 5 days past it’s expiration date.
Nuts are safe out of the fridge for a couple of months, if you want them to stay fresh for longer than that, stick them in the fridge.
Keep your apples in a little plastic bag in the fridge and they’ll be fine. Bonus tip, if you’re storing apple slices, squeeze a little lemon juice on them to keep them fresher for longer.
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