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Friday, December 20, 2013

How to Keep Food Fresh Longer in Fridge




Sususan dan cara penyimpanan makanan dalam peti ais mempengaruhi kesegaran dan tempoh tahan makanan tersebut. Peti ais terlalu sejuk tak boleh, terlalu panas pun tak jadi. Susunan pada rak pun mempengaruhi. Ini beberapa tips saya google yang agak menarik saya nak kongsikan bersama.
Sumber: www.which.co.uk


Top fridge storage tips

Chill food in the fridge to help it last longer
The average household shells out £480 a year on food that ends up in the bin. Making your food last longer in your fridge will help you to avoid waste, shop less and slash your grocery-shopping bill.
In this guide we reveal our top tips for extending the life of your groceries. But if you don't think your current refrigerator is up to the job, head straight to our fridge and fridge freezer reviews to see which models we recommend for keeping food fresher for longer.

Keep food fresh in the fridge

Chilling food helps prevent harmful bacteria, such as salmonella and listeria, from multiplying to dangerous levels and causing food poisoning. It also slows the natural deterioration of fresh meat, fish, fruit and vegetables, helping them last days longer than they would at room temperature.
Your fridge should cool food quickly to 0-5°C and keep it constantly chilled within this range, even if your kitchen heats up while you’re cooking or cools down overnight. 
To find out which fridges keep food evenly cool in fluctuating room temperatures and which models came top in our tests for chilling speed, check out our fridge and fridge freezer reviews.

Top fridge storage tips

Whatever fridge you have in your kitchen, storing food properly will help give groceries their longest possible shelf-life. We look inside a typical fridge compartment to reveal which foods you should store where.
  
1. Top Shelf - The top shelf is the warmest part of the fridge compartment and best for pre-prepared foods such as yogurt, cheese and sauces. Store cooked meat and leftovers in sealed containers on the shelves underneath. If there's space, keep milk here too – it'll keep for longer than it would in the door rack where it's warmed by hot air whenever the door is opened.  
2. Bottom shelf - This is the coldest part of the fridge, so keep raw meat, fish and poultry in its sealed packaging, or place it in sealed containers and store on the bottom shelf. Plus there's less risk of raw juices dripping onto ready-to-eat foods.
3. Salad crisper drawer - Store fruit and vegetables in the salad crisper drawer. Some come with humidity controls to retain moisture which will help certain vegetables, such as lettuce, cucumber, cauliflower, broccoli, beans, carrots and leafy veg, last longer.
4. Door racks - The temperature in the door racks can fluctuate because they're exposed to the warm air of the kitchen when the door is opened. The door racks are a good place for eggs, condiments, jam and fruit juice. A lidded compartment is ideal for keeping butter and margarine extra cold. 

How to save foods that spoil easily

Lettuce

Lettuce needs moisture to stay fresh and will quickly wilt if it dehydrates. Keep salad leaves in a loosely wrapped, perforated plastic bag to lock in moisture and allow them to breathe – most supermarket packaging is ideal, or just punch some holes yourself.
Always discard wilted leaves as soon as you spot them – they will quickly transfer bacteria that will decompose fresh leaves.

Milk

Keep milk in the main part of the fridge compartment if you have the space. When milk is stored in the door rack it’s warmed by the ambient air of the kitchen whenever the fridge door is opened.

Cucumbers

If you’ve ever wondered why cucumbers seem to turn soft and liquefied so quickly, it’s because the fridge is actually too cold – they’re best kept at 12-13°C.
Cucumbers fare better in the fridge than out in a warm kitchen. To protect them from the cold, try wrapping cucumbers in a tea towel and keep them in the salad crisper drawer. And keep them in their original shrink-wrapped plastic.