Thanks for taking the time to join us for part two of our mini series on how to keep different types of foods fresher for longer periods of time. Our goal is to help you learn different methods for reducing food waste, as well as saving time and money. Part one discussed several tips on how to keep your fruits and vegetables fresher, for longer periods of time. If you would like to go back and read part one, you can find it by clicking here. Today we are going to discuss other foods like eggs, meats and fish, breads and cereals, as well as cheese and other dairy products.
Eggs, Meats, and Fish
You should always keep eggs stored inside their original carton. To test an egg’s freshness, place it in a cup of water. If the egg is bad, it will float.
Keep all your meats and poultry in their original package as well. It should be cooked within two days unless you’re freezing it.
Smoked meats, such as bacon and ham, should be wrapped in a vinegar soaked cloth, then in wax paper, and stored in the fridge.
If you need to freeze extra opened bacon, it will keep for about a month.
Fish should be placed in a bag, and stored on top a bowl of ice in the fridge. Fish should be eaten ASAP. Fish can also be frozen and stored, or broiled and stored in the fridge.
Flour, Breads, Pasta, and Cereals
Before using flour, freeze it for 48 hours to kill any insect eggs that might have made it into the packaging. Thaw and place in an airtight container, then store it in a cool and dry spot, away from sunlight. If you have a problem with weevils in your flour, use a bay leaf as a natural bug repellent.
Do not put your bread in the refrigerator, or above it, as it will actually spoil quicker. Bread should be stored on a countertop in a tightly sealed bag or container.
When you have half eaten bags of cereal, boxes of pasta, or other dry foods, keep them in airtight containers after opening. This will prevent these items from going stale. You can use mason jars for easy organizable containers.
Cheese and Other Dairy
You should take all of your cheese and wrap it in either cheese paper or wax paper before placing in the fridge. This will allow the cheese to breathe, all the while keeping excess moisture out. The paper will also prevent any cheese odor from making your fridge smelly. If you have a cut block of cheese, rub butter on the ends to prevent it from drying out. Cheese can also be frozen for later use as well.
Items like cottage cheese and sour cream should placed in the fridge, in their own container, upside down. Turning the containers over makes an internal vacuum seal that prevents the growth of bacteria that can cause these foods to spoil.
Butter can be frozen and stored for up to six months in the freezer. So, go ahead and stock up on it when it’s on sale! Just pack it in an airtight container to maintain its freshness and flavor.
Never store milk in the door. Every time it’s opened, the milk gets a little warmer which can make it spoil quicker. Milk should be stored in the middle, or main part of the fridge.
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