Tips on how to make your food last longer in the fridge
Eventually, any food will spoil if stored long enough in the fridge. But there’s a way to make your food last longer in the fridge and consumer organization Choice enumerated some ways for this.
Here’s their advice:
1) Don’t put milk in the door
Because of convenience and it keeps the bottle upright – helping prevent messy leaks –
people likes to place their milk in the door of the fridge, right at the front.
Choice said it’s time for people to change this habit as door shelves can be warmer than the ideal temperature.
“If you want your milk to last longer, keep it in a colder place in the body of the fridge,” Choice said.
2) Keep meat and seafood in the chiller
According to Choice, meat and fish stay in better condition if stored at around zero degrees.
“That’s colder than your fridge’s main compartment, so store them in a chiller if you have one – it’s designed specifically for colder temperatures and isolates its contents, helping to prevent cross-contamination of bacteria and odours,” Choice said.
If you don’t have a chiller, aim for the coldest part of your fridge.
You can check where that is with a thermometer but, generally, it’s the area at the back which is less susceptible to warm draughts when the door’s opened.
3) Put butter and cheese in the door
Butter and cheese should be kept in the fridge dairy compartment in the door. Keeping it there will make butter easier to spread and cheeses close to serving temperature.
And as you have noticed, dairy compartments normally come with a cover. It is because it helps prevent your dairy delights from absorbing odours from other foods.
4) Put fruit and veg in the crisper drawer – but leave one item out
The crisper – an enclosed drawer at the bottom of most fresh-food compartments – is designed to keep your fruit and veggies fresh.
A good crisper should be cool and well-sealed, which means it won’t be as dry as the rest of the fridge, so your veggies should stay fresh for longer.
Contrary to popular belief, your tomatoes don’t belong in your fridge – keeping them in a fruit bowl on the counter keeps them bursting with flavour.
5) Keep eggs in original packaging
Those plastic egg holders that came with your fridge? They’re not all they’re cracked up to be.
Eggs should be stored in their original carton: it keeps them safe, slows moisture loss, stops them absorbing food odours (yes, egg shells are porous enough to do that) and it means you won’t lose track of the use-by date.
“Fresh eggs should keep well for about a month in your fridge,” Choice further said.