A little extra care and attention will extend the life cycle of your favorite foods. Anything you throw out unused is unnecessary waste. Following are basic mistakes that you should avoid to avoid premature food spoilage.
- Leaving lemons exposed.
Most people just keep their lemons on the counter or inside the fridge uncovered but this dries them up faster. Store them inside a resealable plastic bag and refrigerate them so they last longer.
- Storing milk in the fridge door.
Your new refrigerator may have plenty of space by the door to hold your milk but this is a bad idea. Every time the door opens, all the products there are exposed to warmer temperatures. In fact, the shelves by the door are the warmest part of your fridge. Bacteria can grow quickly and your milk will spoil earlier. For the best results, shove your milk at the very back of your fridge.
- Storing eggs in the fridge door.
Much like milk, raw eggs should not be added to the shelves by the refrigerator door, even when it has these special holes for eggs. Raw, whole eggs should be stored in their carton at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or lower on an interior shelf. The carton will protect them from picking up odors or other flavors and from losing moisture.
- Placing bread on top of the fridge.
It is smart to store your bread inside the fridge to prevent it from getting moldy. However, do not put them on the top shelf. The heat from the appliance will encourage the bread to dry out if it is wrapped in paper or to go moldy if it is wrapped in plastic.
- Leaving ground beef on the counter.
Versatile and cheap, ground beef is an excellent ingredient to stockpile. However, it is not very flexible when it comes to storahe. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, ground beef should be refrigerated or frozen as soon as possible after buying. In the fridge, keep it at 40 degrees F, and use it within one to two days. For stockpiling, wrap it in heavy-duty plastic wrap, aluminum foil, or freezer paper or bags before freezing. Frozen ground beef should be used within four months.