To keep the fridge free of odors, you need to know how to store food in the refrigerator. Check out the following article for some great tips for safe and effective food storage!
Fruits and vegetables should not be stored in the cabinet for too long
The fridge compartment is the most diverse place to store food, so the smell in the refrigerator is most likely to occur, especially in the cabinet. You need to know how to effectively store food in the fridge.
Fruits and vegetables such as bananas, watermelons, papayas and zucchini easily age in the refrigerator, so we should restrict storing them in the refrigerator. Moreover, when refrigerated, the ripening process of fruits with green skin will be pushed and completed.
The same goes for tomatoes, potatoes, and onions because these foods are capable of emitting ethylene (a chemical that comes from many fruits and some green vegetables), which directly affects other foods in the diet. For example, when stored in the refrigerator, carrots can be bitter, and cucumbers can be yellow.
Wrap foods tightly before putting in the fridge
Whether it is a cool or freezer compartment, you still need to cover the food before putting it in the refrigerator. Hot food must be cooled down before being put in the refrigerator.
Cover foods with a strong pleasant odor before storing them in the refrigerator to avoid unpleasant odors in the compartment. Food wrap should be used to protect the nutrients of the food.
Wash and dry fresh foods thoroughly
Fresh foods such as vegetables and meat should be cleaned and dried thoroughly before being put in the refrigerator. In the refrigerator, there should be no water left in the compartments. That prevents bacteria from forming. Vegetables will not be damaged or discolored due to the effect of moisture.
Do not use color-preserved plastic bags
Colored plastic bags are recyclable and often very toxic. Especially the black ones, which contain many toxic substances, can cause illness to users, which in turn can lead to cancer. But most consumers use plastic wrap to store food, so the fridge full of plastic bags is inevitable.
If you go shopping at the market, you will use those plastic bags and when you return, you are likely to put those bags along with food in the fridge for storage. You can store food in the fridge with plastic bags, but as long as they are not recycled, it’s best to store the food in plastic or glass sealed containers.
Arrange foods properly
After you put the foods in your boxes to neatly store them in the refrigerator, they should not pile too much in the refrigerator because that will cause cold air to be blocked, which adversely affects the food storage process. Foods that are nearly expired or ready to use should be left out for convenience so that you will not waste your time searching.
Some other notes:
- Do not place foods on the back wall of the refrigerator as cold air here can cause foods to be frozen or spoiled.
- Preserving foods at proper temperature in accordance with the ingredients and quantities of food. Vegetables should be stored at 1-4 degrees Celsius.
- It is recommended to keep foods nearing expiry date for use first.
- Do not store milk in the refrigerator door position because it will be easily spoiled due to unstable temperatures.