Should eggs be refrigerated? How about tomatoes, lemons, and bananas? Here are some top tips and tricks to make your fresh produce last longer…
Whether you’re a carnivore, pescatarian, vegetarian or vegan, the stunning array of food we now eat has made knowing exactly how and where to keep it all in the fridge an art in itself.
Not to worry! We answer your most pressing questions about how to smartly and safely store food, making sure it’s kept fresher for longer and maintains the best taste and temperature.
Which food should be stored in the fridge?
Having a clear idea of the foods that need to be kept in your fridge is the first step to saving that all-important space.
Let’s start with eggs: do they or don’t they need to be stored in the fridge? It’s up to you, but they can last longer when refrigerated.
Of course, foods that can be easily contaminated, like meat and fish, do need to be kept in the fridge. But vegetables like tomatoes and onions can be stored in the cupboard. Because fruits like avocados, apples, bananas, lemons and berries can change taste and texture inside the fridge, think about how quickly you plan to eat them and whether they need refrigerating.
And in case you were wondering, don’t worry about bread. Keep that in the bread bin.
What temperature should my fridge be set to?
The million-dollar question! To keep your food fresh and safe to eat, we recommend you set the temperature of your fridge to 4°C, or slightly below. Too warm, and meat and fish will contaminate. Too cold, and you’ll freeze your fruit and veg, leaving it inedible.
How do I store food in the freezer?
Navigating your way around a packed freezer drawer can be a nightmare. Stuffing everything back in once you’ve finally found what you’re looking for isn’t much fun either. So organisation here is key.
Try packing food into storage containers or even old takeaway tubs that you can label. And when freezing meat, fish, sauces and even soups, keep everything in Ziplock bags to save space. You can then flatten these when defrosting, which will help food thaw out quicker.
With a firm grasp of these basics, you should be in a better position to master the art of fridge food storage once and for all!
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