Disappointed to find your egg salad turned moldy only one day after you placed it in the ref? Or yesterday's spaghetti sauce gone sour overnight? That's because simply putting food inside the refrigerator is not enough to keep it fresh.
Most of the time, we just put fresh buys in plastic bags, left overs in dinnerwares or casseroles, in the refrigerator. This causes freezer burn, cross contamination, loss of freshness and most importantly, nutrients in fresh foods. What's more, it clutters your fridge, which also leads to not seeing food that's actually there and leaving some of them to grow moldy, and end up in trash. So how do you organize ref space, ensure refrigerated items stay fresh and avoid wasting precious food and money?
Tupperware, the makers of high-quality food storage containers, gives these helpful pointers in freezing and storing food items.
Maintain the right temperature. When freezing, make sure the temperature is set at 10 degrees Fahrenheit or - 18 degrees Celsius. This helps maintain the quality and nutrient content of food. Also, thawing should be done in the refrigerator to keep food within safe temperature before cooking.
Use airtight containers. Aside from sealing in the freshness and aroma of food, airtight containers also prevent the formation of ice crystals when freezing which causes food freeze burn, and make it lose its nutrient content. This also helps in avoiding cross contamination, because food is safely sealed.
Organize your fridge and dont over-stack. Keeping your refrigerator orderly will help you see everything inside it. This will help you find things easily, and grab food while they're still fresh. This way you also make sure there is enough room for the cold air to circulate inside the ref, important in keeping food fresh and safe.
Remember the storage life of frozen raw foods. Keep the storage life of raw foods in mind so that you can consume these items before they stale. By using durable and air-tight food containers designed for use in the freezer, you can store the following in your freezer; Bacon for 1 month, Steaks for up to 4 to 12 months, Hotdogs for 1 to 2 months, whole chicken for 9 months, pork chops for 4 to 6 months, ground meat for 3 to 4 months, and sausages (pork, turkey, beef) for 1 to 2 months
Tupperware has a collection of All Fresh Freezermates and Fridgemates perfect for keeping food fresh, maximizing your ref space.
Freezermates is a collection of containers specially designed for storing foods in the freezer.
Available in different sizes, Feezermates containers feature a vent system with ultra-thin walls perfect for more efficient freezing and faster defrosting. Each container has rounded corners and recessed bottom that allow air to circulate through and around stacked containers, which helps lock-in the natural goodness and fresh aroma of raw as well as cooked food. They also come with: Tab seals for easy opening; Fill-line indicator that shows up to where liquid should be filled; A dial (for containers with capacities of more than 1.5 liters) that indicates month and week when food was put in the container; and air-tight seal and polished windows.
And to keep your ref entirely organized, Tupperware's got the perfect Fridgements. Designed to protect food from harmful bacteria, food-borne illnesses as well as prevent early food contamination. It comes with textured finish that minimize scratching, rounded corners for better and faster cooling, airtight seals, as well as corner tabs, and polished windows as well.
With these great features of Tupperware's All Fresh collection, your family can now enjoy safer and fresher food longer.