Keeping your food fresh, and lasting!

Keeping your food fresh, and lasting!

Here are some basic guidelines to get the best out of your refrigerator. Remember to buy the best quality food possible – food quality will not improve during freezing and always use food within recommended storage times (best before or use by date).

Meat, Poultry, Fish and Seafood

Store meat, poultry, fish and seafood separately. Store in covered water-tight containers or cover plates with plastic wrap, waxed paper or foil.
Do not place raw meat, directly above or on top of foods that will not be cooked before being consumed. Transfer of bacteria from the meat can occur, resulting in cross contamination.
Thaw food in your refrigerator rather than on the bench.
Cover open cans of pet food with plastic wrap or foil to stop odour transfer. Alternatively, store pet food in covered containers.

Precooked, Cooked foods and Leftovers

Divide hot food into smaller quantities for faster cooling. Hot food should not be left out at room temperature for more than 2 hours.
Ideally, place precooked, cooked foods and leftovers in the refrigerator within 30 minutes.
Refrigerate and cover leftovers if you plan to use them within two days, otherwise throw them out.
Any food left in cans should be transferred to plates/containers/jars and covered. Food should not be stored in opened cans.
Reheat leftovers, especially those containing meat, poultry or seafood until ‘piping hot’.
Stir/mix/turn during reheating to ensure thorough reheating. This is particularly important when using a microwave oven as heating can be uneven.

Fruit and Vegetables

Temperature sensitive fruit and vegetables should not be stored in the refrigerator for long periods. For example: tomatoes, bananas, citrus fruit, melon, mango, courgette, eggplant, peppers/capsicum, cucumber, pumpkin, green beans and pineapple.

Temperatures that are too cold can actually cause damage to the flavour, texture and freshness. Undesirable changes like rotting, browning, flesh softening and accelerated decay can also occur at low temperatures.

 

Dairy Food and Eggs

Cheese can be stored in the covered door compartment for approximately 1 week. If storing for longer than this, place in the main fresh food compartment
Once cheese is opened, place in a sealed plastic bag/container, or in plastic wrap or foil to prevent cheeses drying out and picking up any taints. Depending on the type of cheese, it may be necessary to renew the wrapping every 2-3 days to reduce the chance of mould growth.
Other dairy products including yoghurt and cream cheese should be stored in the main fresh food compartment. Store butter in the covered compartment or in a sealed container, as butter can be easily tainted by strong smelling foods.

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