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Here are some general tips that will help you to deal with problems like how to store groceries and leftover meals. If you store your food properly, it will remain fresh for a longer time and you will minimize the risk of food borne illness.

Food Storage

Storing Food

  1. Do not leave cooked food for more then 3 hours at room temperature.
  2. Store cooked food in a refrigerator for maximum 4 days.
  3. If you want to store cooked food for more then 4 days, store it in the freezer.
  4. Always keep your refrigerator at or below 40 degree Fahrenheit. If your refrigerator or freezer becomes warm, it will spoil all the ingredients present in it and will increase the growth of harmful bacteria.
  5. If you are storing raw fruits and vegetables in the refrigerator, store them unwashed and wash them when you are going to utilize them. If you wash them before storing, the moisture will increase the growth of harmful agents.
  6. If you want to wash fruits and veggie before storage, wash them and dry them with a paper towel before storing.
  7. Always use shallow containers for storing food in the refrigerator so that all food gets proper cooling. Similarly use small plastic bags for storing food in the freezer.
  8. Store dry grains, beans and pulses in a dry and dark place in the kitchen. The lid of containers should be tight so that moisture cannot enter.
  9. If you have completely defrosted your food, do not refreeze it again, but if it is not completely thawed, you can refreeze it.
  10. Do not overstuff your refrigerator with food. If the refrigerator is too stuffed, the food may not get proper cooling and can go to waste.
  11. Clean your refrigerator and freezer every week to prevent any bacterial growth.
  12. Never defrost your food or meat at room temperature. Defrost it in the refrigerator or in cold water.
  13. Keep all food covered while storing in the refrigerator.
  14. Always store meat in the freezer, even if you want to store it for 4 hours.
  15. Store apples, pears, pineapples and melons in the refrigerator.
  16. Store bananas and tomatoes at room temperature; when ripe, place them in the refrigerator for long time storage.
  17. Store all berries in the refrigerator. Spread them on a tray in a thin layer. Never wash them before storing.
  18. Keep potatoes and onions in a dark and dry place in the kitchen and never store them together.
  19. Store mushrooms either in a plastic bag or spread them on a shallow container in a thin layer in the refrigerator.
  20. Wash and dry leafy vegetables before storing in the refrigerator. Tear leaves from the stems and put them in plastic bags with paper towels to absorb extra moisture.
  21. It is good to cut tops off of beetroots, turnips and carrots etc. Put them in a plastic bag and then store them in the refrigerator.
  22. Store bread in a dark dry place in a cupboard. If you want to store bread for more then 5 days from purchasing day, store it in the freezer in sealed form.
  23. Always store milk and eggs in the refrigerator.
  24. If you some doubt that food is spoiled, throw it away. Never take a chance.

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