The Jakarta Post
If you are going to consume or cook the food stored in a closed container right away, put it in the chiller compartment instead of the freezer. (Shutterstock/File)
Shopping for raw food items at the supermarket and storing them in the refrigerator offers a practical solution to better preparing your meals at home and spending less time going to the grocery store.
However to ensure those items are safely stored inside your refrigerator, below are some tips on how to better manage your cold food storage as compiled by kompas.com:
1. Choose good quality food
Make sure that all raw ingredients you buy, such as meat and fish, as well as fruits and vegetables are of good quality. To ease your work when preparing or cooking meals, peel the fruits and cut the vegetables and store them in a container or airtight plastic bag to maintain their freshness.
2. Store your leftovers
After you have cooked something, you might have leftover raw food, such as corned beef or corn that was stored in a tin can. Always put the leftovers into a sealed container so that the air doesn’t ruin the food.
3. Use the chiller compartment
If you are going to consume or cook the food stored in a closed container right away, put it in the chiller compartment instead of the freezer.
4. Note the expiry date
Add a sticky note with expiry date information on food stored in the refrigerator so you can easily throw away anything that is out of date. This includes items in sealed containers. Or regularly check your refrigerator to make sure no expired food has been left in there.
5. Separate stinky foods
When putting food in the refrigerator, always separate anything stinky by storing it in a dedicated compartment, as you don't want the other fresh items to smell bad as well. (kes)