Groceries are expensive no matter where you are in the country. The need to keep food fresh and editable is important for everyone. Here are a few quick tips on utilizing your fridge.
**Keeping foods fresh isn’t always as simple as it seems. Your fridge isn’t just a closet for food—it’s a high-tech device that helps you store all of your favorite snacks, condiments, and meal-fixings in optimal conditions… here is a quick list of tips to help you out.
**Don’t wash produce before refrigerating it. The dampness can make it mold and rot more quickly.
**Don’t refrigerate leftover foods in cans. Once a can is opened, residual metal on the rim can leach into food and leave a metallic taste. And remember to rinse off the tops of cans before opening so no hidden contaminates get into the food.
**Leftovers – think about reheating needs when storing leftovers. If it can feed the whole family another day store it in glass so you can reheat in the oven. If it only enough for one or two think about microwave safe containers.
**To Keep milk and eggs fresh longer, don’t store them on the refrigerator door. That’s the warmest part of the fridge. So much for the old egg storage bins on the door.
**The upper shelves of the fridge have the most consistent temperatures, while the lower shelves are coldest. One pro strategy from restaurant kitchens is to place foods that don’t need to be cooked near the top of the fridge. like cream cheese, real maple syrup and yogurt.
**The lower shelves are your best bet for raw meat, eggs, seafood, and other dairy to be stored at the coldest temperatures.
**When buying food like milk and meat products look at the expiration dates. The further out the date the longer it will keep. You should learn how much milk your family goes through in a week so you are only buying that quantity and not throwing out your hard earned money.
from: Change That Up newsletter.