Now that a new year has begun, it is quite expected that most fridges, from all over this planet, have serious issues with food left lying around from the Holidays. This year, be smarter with how you deal with food and identify ineffective disposal because after all, this all came from your hard-earned cash so you don’t want that to be wasted, do you?
In a world where everything is replaceable, it is very important to go back to our old habits of saving on things like food. We have all been victimized by the glorious effects of ordering Chinese take-out and when we have eaten too much, we usually just throw the leftovers away. We don’t even take a second look at all the food that ends up in trash, all the food that just withers away on the shelves and all the money wasted just because we don’t care.
Truthfully, one way of ensuring that you’re maximizing the shelf life of your food is through proper refrigeration. Commonly overlooked, refrigerating your food in a more knowledgeable way would not only make you a savvy homemaker but will save you time, energy and effort in getting the most out of your food. We find ourselves face to face with freezing daily, and it is quite proper to be well-informed about its use, benefits and features.
Before you shove that spaghetti leftover into your fridge, ensure that the food is cooled down first. The reason behind this is that food in room temperature is best refrigerated, as hot food can damage the cooling mechanics of your fridge.
Also, it will take quite some time before the heat passes and it will cause your freezers to work double time in delivering what’s expected of them. If this happens, your trusty freezing companion would need more electricity, hence higher bills come payday.
One tip that you also might want to take note of is that a freezer that’s fully packed with items would be more ideal. Most households leave a small space in freezer storage, but little did we know that this can result in cold air not circulating well. A more productive freezer means more energy used, so save up and put all the food inside the fridge when necessary.
In storing raw food, it is best for you to wrap it well to avoid freezer burns. Freezer burns not only leave an ugly mark in your freezer, but might be harmful to your food as well. One way of eliminating this possibility is to store raw meat with a marinade in a zip-lock bag for longer shelf-life. The liquid inside the bag would definitely keep your food from acquiring freezer burns.
If you want to store a whole kilo of onions in your vegetable bin, try to weigh things and ask yourself if it is necessary. In storing vegetables, it is best to just put in small partitions per type to ensure that the will stay fresh and crisp. Also, if you have perishable groceries, keep note that they must definitely be stored in the freezer to retain their original buying condition.
Adding labels to food would also be a nice touch for organization and spare you from reaching for the deepest recesses of your refrigerator when searching for something. Raw eggs, if not in the provided egg rack, must be stored in a container, beaten slightly and used when needed. Glass containers must be tempered to avoid any breakage despite the long freezing time.
Some of the food types that you must avoid freezing include those with high-moisture content (lettuce, watermelon, oranges) as they can go mushy, dairy products (yogurt and custard) as they can become watery and inedible, herbs (parsley, chives, basil) as they would undergo discoloration and browning, eggs that are boiled as they will be rubbery, eggs that are in their shells as they will have the tendency to expand and burst, and fried food because no matter how much reheating and refrying you do, it will never be the same again.
Also, be sensitive enough to know if your freezer needs to be defrosted so that you can fully maximize its use.
Top tips on freezing food | BBC Good Food
Guide to Freezing Food – Good Housekeeping