How to store your food for optimal freshness?


Many of us have overstocked essentials and thus we must learn the art of storing food with an extended shelf life thus minimizing food waste. Here are the tips which can help keep your food fresh for an extended period of time.

How to store your food for optimal freshness?

1. Set your refrigerator to the right temperature.

Keep the refrigerator temperature at or below 40° F (4° C). The freezer temperature should be 0° F (-18° C). Check temperatures periodically. Appliance thermometers are the best way of knowing these temperatures and are generally inexpensive.

2. Store your fruits and vegetables separately

It is important to store fruits and vegetables separately because some fruits give off a gas called ethylene glycol which quickens ripening and may cause spoilage in some vegetables.

3. A glass of water helps to know if eggs have gone bad

Try the egg water test, simply fill a glass or bowl with cold water and submerge the eggs. If the eggs sink to the bottom and lay flat on their side, they're still fresh. However, if they sink, but stand on one end at the bottom of the glass or bowl, they're not as fresh but still edible.

4. Know the difference between “use by” and “best if used by” date labels

“Best if used by” and "Best By" indicates when a product has the best flavor or quality. "Use By" is the last date recommended for peak quality. “Sell By” tells the store how long to keep an item on the shelf

5. Get creative and experiment with your food.

During this lockdown, this is a great time to take online cooking classes in learning new skills.Probably a first step to become a bit more creative with leftover foods. There are so many things which could be produced out of left-over food. For example, rice. Rice is an item which can be used in multiple ways.

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