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Being aware on how to correctly store foods is crucial for protecting our health and avoiding unnecessary waste
It is important to be aware on how to correctly store foods. This underestimated habit is crucial for protecting our health and avoiding unnecessary waste.
This is especially true in the summer, when high temperatures result in the rapid deterioration of fresh foods. A few small tips can make all the difference, preventing food from going straight to the bin without ever making it to the table.
Each to its own
Knowing how to store foods in the fridge is about more than just tidiness. It helps us to protect our health. It is also a good practice against food waste. Correctly arranging food in fridge compartments is one way of maintaining the physical, organoleptic and nutritional properties of food, right up to their consumption.
- The top part of the fridge offers the most constant temperatures and is where you should store dairy products- like cheeses, including mature ones, milk, yoghurt, along with all your desserts.
- Door compartments are characterised by less constant temperatures as we open and close the fridge, so it's best for storing products which are not easily perishable, such as condiments and sauces, making it unsuitable for eggs, which should be placed on the middle shelf, together with cooked and frozen foods and charcuterie products.
- The lower part is colder, making it perfect for storing meat and fish.
- The bottom compartments are specifically designed for storing fruit and vegetables. It is important not to over-fill your fridge as this compromises food preservation.
This means intelligent shopping, planning what you buy according to your actual needs for the week ahead.
Each leftover to its own container
Leftovers can become the star ingredients of fantastic day-after recipes. Which is why they need to be impeccably stored, just like all fresh products. After cooking, leftovers should only be placed in the fridge after cooking, inside protective packaging: glass, terracotta or hard plastic - there are many excellent alternatives to clingfilm out there. These containers are reusable and safer, thanks to an airtight seal. Remember, leftovers can be stored in the fridge for 3-5 days. Opt for the freezer for longer conservation times.
Don’t forget it … Post- it
What's the right thing to do if in fear of forgetting something? Write a post-it. The same goes for left-overs left in the fridge. Memos are a wonderful anti-waste strategy: simply label each package with contents and date.
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