Food Storage Tips
Refrigerator and freezer storage can be limited and frustrating. Here are some tips to maximize your food storage space, as well as how to properly store various food items to maximize their shelf life.
Create More Space & Get Organized
Plastic bins are a great way to group common types of food and help get the refrigerator organized. Having an organized fridge and freezer will help use the best of the space available. Lazy Susans not only help organize the fridge, but help you access items without taking a bunch of things out. Stacking plastic magazine holders placed on their side will help create makeshift shelving and will allow for more space. It is also a good idea to date leftovers, so they can be thrown away in a timely manner, which will help the refrigerator stay clean and open up space.
- Meat can be stored in the refrigerator for short periods, but consider the freezer for long term storage. Beef should be stored in its original packaging wrapped in a plastic bag. It can be kept in the fridge for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for 6-12 months. Chicken can be stored in the fridge for 2 days, or in the freezer for up to a year. It is a good idea to write the date on the packaging so you know when the meat expires.
- Bread should be stored in a cool, dry place like the counter or a bread box. Bread should be stored for 7-10 days, or in the freezer for up to 6 months. Improper storage will cause the bread to go stale and grow mold.
- Fruits and vegetables will stay fresh longer if they are washed, dried, and stored in an airtight container. To maximize shelf life, it is best to not pre-cut or peel the fruit or vegetable. Fruits and vegetables stay good from 2 days to 2 weeks. Foods with tough peels or skins will stay fresh longer while items like berries, grapes, and cherries will be good for 2-5 days.
And of course, our favorite tip of all is to make sure you don’t store perishable food items in your storage unit! What tip would you like to share? Please leave a reply with your favorite!