Throwing too much food will go to waste and waste your money. So try to apply the right way to store food in the refrigerator properly, safely, and always fresh that Will Tiptop suggests right below, will be very helpful for you!
1. Classification of food for preservation
To keep your food fresh and delicious, you first need to classify the food before storing it as follows:
For fresh foods (meat, fish, seafood)
First, after buying raw foods, wash and drain foods such as meat and fish.
Next, you divide each fresh food portion and put it in a zip bag or food box for easy use. Avoid thawing large quantities of food at once while you use only a few. Because it will easily affect the quality of the food the next time you use it.
Finally, you can put it in the fridge cooler (from 2 – 4 degrees C) with a shelf life of 3-5 days, or the freezer (about -18 degrees C) for up to a storage time of 3 months, even 12 months, but use it as soon as possible!
With vegetables, you should not wash them if you do not have the need to use them immediately. Instead, remove the waterlogged, wilted parts and absolutely do not let the vegetables get wet with your water!
After that, divide the vegetables in a moderate amount, place them in a zip or plastic bag (with air vents) and place them in the fridge’s vegetable drawer. Because this compartment is specially designed to maintain the optimum temperature and humidity, the vegetables become fresher.
In addition, you can place it in any place inside the refrigerator cooler with the temperature from 3 – 5 degrees C with the use time from 2 – 7 days.
When preserving fruit, you should classify two groups: whole fruit group (with the skin) and sliced fruit (peeled):
- With the whole fruit group: You can remove the damaged stalks or the waterlogged and wilted fruits (such as grapes, longan, litchi, …). After that, you can use a clean dry cloth to clean the surface of the fruit and put it in a zip bag with an air vent, then place it in the refrigerator cooler from 3 – 5 degrees Celsius.
- With sliced fruits: You should store in a food container and put in the refrigerator cooler with the optimal temperature from 3 to 5 degrees C, use as soon as possible with a storage time of 1 – 2 days.
For cooked food
With cooked food, you need to let it cool (about 2 hours) before putting it in the food container, cover it, and place it at 2 – 4 degrees C inside the refrigerator cooler. Because if you put hot food in the refrigerator, it will easily increase the temperature and affect other foods as well as make the compressor work more, affecting the life of the refrigerator.
Cooked food should take about 3 days to use and you can split the amount of food before storing it to make it more convenient to use.
2. Safe food packaging
Safe food packaging is also one of the ways to help you maintain the freshness of your food. Specifically, you need to classify and process foods like Dien may XANH as instructed above.
Then, make sure your hands are clean and use only clean (new) bags before you put the food in and seal it.
Finally, put it in the refrigerator in a suitable place like the cooler or the freezer. One more thing to note, you should store fresh foods (like meat, fish, seafood) in the soft freezer of the refrigerator if you plan to use it for 1-3 days. Because this is a specially designed compartment with a stable temperature and separate from other foods inside the refrigerator compartment, especially to avoid food odors.
In addition, fresh food can also be placed in the freezer for up to several months longer.
3. Do not put too many items in the refrigerator
Putting too many things inside the refrigerator will affect the circulation of cold air, causing the refrigerated food to be out of sync. This is also the reason why food is easily rancid and degraded due to not enough cold.
4. Set the right temperature to store each food
Each food group is stored at the appropriate temperature, vegetables are usually stored inside the refrigerator cooler from 1-4 degrees Celsius.
Whereas fresh foods such as seafood, meat, and fish can be stored at temperatures from 1-3 degrees C (should be used during the day, as soon as possible) or in the freezer -18 degrees C (with time use longer, from 1-3 days).
5. Clean the refrigerator regularly
A humid environment inside the refrigerator can appear mold, bacteria from food if you do not clean the refrigerator periodically for about 3 – 6 months/time.
Cleaning the refrigerator will help the engine inside the refrigerator rest and help remove residue from food on the tray that can creep into the refrigerator slots. In addition, it also helps to eliminate odors and create a fresh green atmosphere inside the cabinet space.
6. Freeze food
You can put the food in a zip bag and squeeze the air out of the bag (or use a vacuum cleaner, better). Then, you put the food in the freezer will help you use it for up to 1 year.
7. Arrange the food properly
The proper food arrangement also helps you use your food properly and reduces waste. Place new foods on the inside of the refrigerator and old foods on the outside for easy access.
In addition, keep food containers neatly, with stackable food bags and tray liners for fresh foods (such as meat, fish) to prevent water from spilling out. .
You can note the time and stick it on the packaging of the box or food bag to see the usage time.
8. Pay attention when storing foods that have smells
With foods that smell like dried fish, fish sauce, jackfruit, pickles, … you need to cover or seal the food before putting it in the refrigerator. This will not affect the air inside the refrigerator and prolong the use time.
9. Use refrigerators that have appropriate storage functions
Today, the new refrigerators help consumers to preserve food better when they are equipped with soft freezers (for fresh foods), vegetables, and fruits compartment equipped with a moisture control trellis.
Or blue light technology (simulating sunlight) helps vegetables become fresh and not lose quality.
10. Do not leave food for too long
Keeping food in the refrigerator is one of the ways to help you save processing time, buying time, and avoid wasting leftovers during the day.
However, it’s not always good to keep food inside the refrigerator. For example, many studies show that the longer storage of meat and fish inside the refrigerator can easily reduce nutrients inherent and can even produce many harmful substances when eaten.
Furthermore, thawing and thawing can also cause a loss of 1/3 of the soluble fat present in meat. On average, each thawing-thawing time can reduce this nutrient by 20%. Therefore, depending on the type of food you consider refrigerated, such as chicken, pork and duck should only be left for about 7 days; beef and goats can be kept for 10 days and fish should not last more than 2 days.