The Mayo Clinic says that “being overweight or obese increases the risk of breast cancer,” meaning we should eat healthy foods, right? But sometimes it’s tricky to keep track of how to store those morsels when there are so many idiosyncrasies.
Eating fresh foods is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and we have the ultimate food storage guide for you. With many foods, storage is obvious: you don’t leave meat out on the counter for days on end and you don’t put bananas in the fridge (or can you?). But after some research, we found some surprising information.
Here are our top 8 tips for keeping your food fresh longer! Some of these are really surprising!
8. Garlic/Onions/Shallots –
These foods should be kept OUT of the refrigerator. They will turn mealy and often lose much of the intensity of their unique taste unless they are kept in a cool, dry place.
7. Tomatoes –
Although a cold tomato slice is hard to beat, refrigeration directly affects many of the flavor compounds. Store tomatoes on your countertop, away from the sun.
6. Citrus –
Oranges, grapefruit, lemons, and limes will dry out and lose their vigorous taste if left in the fridge.
5. Milk –
Store milk and other dairy products in the top shelves of your fridge. Although pint jugs of milk fit snugly in the door of your refrigerator, the door is the warmest part of the fridge!
4. Vegetables –
Keep veggies away from fruits, especially apples, pears, kiwis, and stone fruits. Many fruits emit ethylene which will cause many other produce items to spoil prematurely.
3. Nuts –
Nuts should be stored in the refrigerator. They are full of unsaturated fats that will go rancid and affect their flavor if they are left out!
2. Celery –
Celery is best stored wrapped in tin foil in your veggie drawer. There it can last up to 2 weeks!
1. Bananas –
There is a way to refrigerate bananas! It is perfectly acceptable to put half of a banana in the fridge if it’s wrapped in tin foil. It can last two days this way!
It’s important to know a bit about your fridge before you fill it with fresh foods. Check out these 4 refrigeration tips!
- The door of the fridge is its warmest part. Avoid storing eggs or dairy here.
- The bottom of the fridge is its coldest area. It is a great place to store meat.
- The top of the fridge has the most consistent temperature due to the cold air outlet typically being located here, making it a great place to keep dairy.
- Refrigerators dry things out. Be aware of this when storing leftovers or fresh herbs.