Fridge Storage Hacks
Not all foods are created equal!
You may not think about it when putting your groceries away, but each food you buy has a place it should go in the fridge to preserve its freshness for as long as possible— especially animal products, such as milk, eggs, and meat!
Don't store your milk in the fridge door, since temperatures in that area can fluctuate! This causes dairy to spoil faster. Instead, keep it in the center of the refrigerator where the temperature is more even and regulated!
Unlike many other countries, the US suggests storing eggs in the fridge. This is because in the US we wash and sanitize eggs before they go to the market to help reduce the risk of salmonella infections. Though this makes them safer, it also makes the eggs deteriorate faster. So, eggs should be stored near the back of the fridge, where it's chilliest.
We recommend putting meat in the freezer so it will last longer! Take the meat from the original packaging, double wrap it to prevent cross-contamination, and place towards the back of the freezer to keep it cold. Beef and pork can last up to four months in the freezer, and chicken can last up to nine months if it’s frozen! On the other hand, if you store your meat in the fridge, be sure to double wrap it and place it in the bottom drawer of the fridge to keep it from dripping on other foods. In the fridge, meat doesn’t last more than a couple of days.
Be safe with your food storage! For more food safety tips, check back with us next week!