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  • All The Mistakes You Make When Storing Food In The Refrigerator

    It's all about organizing food properly.
    by Yummy.ph Team .
All The Mistakes You Make When Storing Food In The Refrigerator
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  • The refrigerator is one of the home appliances that will see a lot of action whether or not it's full. That's because everyone needs to eat and where there's food, there will be leftovers and other food that needs to be kept cold. Knowing how to properly store food is a necessary skill in any home, whether it's a full house or not.

    Unfortunately, the refrigerator is also one of the most taken-for-granted appliances. These food storage mistakes are still quite common:

    No need to let the food cool off before storing.

    Mistake #1: You let food cool before refrigerating it.

    According to food safety regulations, food should not be left out at room temperature for more than four hours. That's because, within that time, the food could have grown dangerous illness-causing bacteria. So why let the food you have just cooked cool before sticking it in the refrigerator where it can cool off quicker?


    Storing the hot food immediately in the refrigerator prevents more of these bacteria from growing. Meanwhile, with food that has been sitting out on the table while you ate, you'll want to reheat it before storing to kill off any bacteria which could have grown.

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    Mistake #2: You don't transfer leftovers into covered containers.

    The mistake here isn't as obvious as the other. What's wrong with this scenario? The containers. Leftovers should always be stored in containers with lids, or sealed. Whether it's adobo, menudo, or sinigang, the delicious aroma you enjoyed smelling while eating your food can and will affect the ingredients and other food that's in your refrigerator with it.

    Containers with lids, bowls covered in plastic wrap, and sealed packaging are best when storing leftovers, or any food for that matter, that has a strong aroma. That's why aroma-sucking baking soda is a popular refrigerator item. By making sure all food in your refrigerator is sealed in a covered container, your rice won't smell and taste like the blue cheese dip you loved with your spicy buffalo wings.

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    A tray to catch any the raw meat drips will prevent cross contamination.

    Mistake #3: You are still defrosting frozen meats on the shelf.

    Most frozen food items need to be defrosted before cooking. While it's great that you're no longer defrosting meats and other frozen food items on the kitchen counter, defrosting on the refrigerator shelf is not enough to prevent cross contamination.

    You should also be defrosting on a tray or on a plate that can catch any drips as it defrosts. This is a safety precaution, especially if you're defrosting raw chicken. Not only that—the tray or plate you use should be deep enough so it is easy to remove without spilling any of the drips it collected.

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    Mistake #4: Raw food and ready-to-eat food share the same refrigerator shelf.

    There's a reason why ready-to-eat or cooked food should be stored on the top shelf of your refrigerator and raw meats should be on the bottom shelf. Since ready-to-eat food does not need to be cooked or heated up to be consumed, the danger of getting sick because it was contaminated is much higher. Avoid this by always ensuring that cooked food and raw food always remain separate.


    Keep eggs fresh for longer by storing them in the container on a refrigerator shelf. 

    Mistake #5: You're still storing eggs in the container on the door.

    When eggs are properly chilled, they will stay fresher longer, but the door, while convenient, isn't the coolest area in the ref. However, if the eggs are to be consumed quickly, there's no problem storing them by the fridge door.

    Keep these tips in mind the next time you're organizing your refrigerator to avoid any food-related illnesses that may be caused by storing your food incorrectly.


    This story originally appeared on Yummy.ph.

    * Minor edits have been made by the Smartparenting.com.ph editors.

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