Unpacking groceries may seem like a mindless task, but a few important steps can help you make the most of the food you buy. To keep food fresh and safe to eat:
• Put perishable items, such as meat and milk, into the freezer or fridge right away to avoid spoilage.
• Store eggs (in their carton) and dairy products inside the fridge, not on the door (it’s the warmest part of the fridge).
• Put meat and poultry into containers on the bottom of the fridge so juices won’t drip and contaminate other foods. Split bigger packages and freeze in meal-size portions for easy defrosting.
• Store unwashed vegetables and fruit in separate drawers of the fridge so they stay fresh longer. To store leafy greens, wash in cool water, dry, wrap loosely in paper towels and store in a container in the fridge.
• Keep tomatoes on the counter out of direct sunlight so they stay fresh and flavourful.
• Keep potatoes, sweet potatoes, garlic and onions in a dry, cool and dark place that is well ventilated.
Spend a few minutes organizing your fridge to help keep food fresh and safe to eat. You’ll cut down on wasted food too!