If you have left home for the first time and set up in your very own home or apartment, you might be a little confused about how to store food correctly in your fridge and many of you might not even know that proper storage can actually help to reduce the risks of getting food poisoning. It is always wise to try and learn about food storage practices as a bad case of food poisoning can be extremely bad for your health and could even possibly cause death.
There are a number of different foods that need to be stored in a fridge in order to stop bacteria growing on them. These items will usually state that they should be ‘kept refrigerated’ and will have a use by date. Any foods that have been removed from their original packaging should be kept in sanitary bags that are sealed tight.
You should also keep your fridge at or below 5C, never store food in their open cans, and should never put food in the fridge until it has cooled down. Keeping your fridge clean is also very important for the practice of good hygiene.
Most of you will know that you should store meat in the fridge if you are not planning on cooking and eating it straight away. All meat and poultry should be stored either in clean sealed container or sealed sanitary bags that are air tight. They should also be stored on the bottom shelf of the fridge so that they will not drip onto another type of food.
Never use meat that has gone past its use by date and always keep any uncooked meat away from cooked meat as it could cause cross contamination.
When and What to Freeze
When it comes to your freezer, there are also certain rules about what you should or should not be putting in there. If you are going to freeze anything, make sure you freeze it before its use by date. When you store meat in the freezer you should make sure that it is wrapped tightly in a sanitary bag.
Finally, whenever you take anything out of the freezer, you should always make sure it is completely defrosted before you cook it.
Hopefully the little tips above will have taught you a few of the basics about storing food in the fridge and freezer and will enable you to have far less risk of getting food poisoning in the future. Just make sure that you always stick to the rules and use air tight containers or sanitary bags to store any food.