Preparing healthy food for your family isn’t just about food choice and cooking methods. Food storage is also important as it will impact on the taste and longevity of your ingredients.
- Olive Oil
Olive oil can go rancid if left for long periods of time. Opt for small bottles, instead of large ones. Fresh olive oil smells like ripe green olives.
Find a cool dark place in which to store it. Store at room temperature and keep it away from the stove. Ensure the lid is airtight. Some oil can be stored in the refrigerator, but room temperature is best.
Store wine in a wine cooler. This applies to both red and white wine. A wine cooler will ensure it remains at the optimum temperature. The problem with storing wine in a refrigerator is that the temperature isn’t constant. There’s also the possibility that it will be contaminated by other food. Finally, wine should be stored on its side to allow the sediment to settle and keep the cork moist. A wine cooler will allow it to do this. Hop over here for more details.
There is a tendency to wrap cheese in tinfoil or Saran wrap. However, cheese needs to breathe. Opt for a breathable wrap instead, such as cheese paper or parchment. Otherwise, it will soon dry out.
Mayonnaise needs to be kept cool. However, it shouldn’t be too cold, or it will separate. The best place for it is in the refrigerator door. This will ensure it is cool but not too cool.
- Red Spices
Keep red spices such as chili and paprika in the fridge, rather than the store cupboard. This will keep it fresh and maintain the rich red color.
Store bananas away from other fruits as they can cause them to ripen quickly. Ethylene gas is produced naturally in the ripening process. This is what causes bananas to go brown. To slow down this process, wrap the steps in Saran wrap. Each time you remove a banana put the wrap back in place. It’s not a foolproof tip, but it will slow down the ripening process, ensuring your fruit lasts longer.
- Onions, Potatoes, Garlic
Rather than refrigerating, store onions, potatoes, and garlic in mesh bags and hang them on the back of the door. This will allow air to circulate and they will stay fresher for a longer period.
Store tomatoes in a cool, dry place instead of placing them in the refrigerator. This will keep them fresher for longer. And here’s a quick tip to ripen green tomatoes. Just place them in a paper bag with an apple or banana to speed up the process.
Take mushrooms out of plastic bags and keep them in paper bags, instead. Keep in a cool, dry place. This will avoid them ‘sweating’.
Berries are a delicious summer treat, but they don’t always last for long. To preserve them a little longer, place them in a bowl of one part vinegar and ten parts water. Rinse thoroughly before storing in the fridge.
Follow these simple tips to keep your food fresh and tasty, and extend its shelf-life.