Have you ever noticed how foods tend to spoil faster with heat? The sum of humidity and stuffiness caused by high temperatures influences the shelf life of perishables, and as summer is coming, we decided to share with you some tips to preserve food for longer.
Do you keep the tomato in the fridge? Do you prefer to refrigerate your bread to prevent it from molding? And where does the olive oil leave? Learn how to store these and other products the right way to enjoy all their properties and benefits.
Inside The Closet
This is where all the non-perishable products that need to be stored in a dry, dark place at room temperature are kept. This includes grains, canned goods, dry spices, cookies, flour, and many others.
When opening the packages, the recommendation is to transfer the contents to a washed and sanitized container, preferably transparent, to facilitate identification. Airtight glass jars are ideal because they don’t pick up the smell and protect food. Plastic pots and clear plastic food container (กล่อง พลาสติก ใส ใส่ อาหาร which is the term in Thai) can also be used if you don’t have any at home.
Keep Food Longer In The Cupboard
When organizing groceries, a good tip is to use the top shelves for the items you consume less often and put the ones you use the most on the bottom. If you’re going to store food in the cupboard under the sink, keep an eye on the moisture to keep it from getting moldy.
Want to know an item that should be kept in the closet, but not everyone keeps? Olive oil. Olive oil can lose its integrity and freshness in contact with sunlight, which does not happen when kept in the dark environments. This is precisely why olive oil is usually stored in tinted jars.
On The Kitchen Counter
Dry, non-perishable foods can be kept, and some fruits and vegetables. For non-perishable foods, the tip is to prioritize those most used, such as sugar and coffee, for example. Some people store the coffee powder in the fridge, but the problem is that this food usually absorbs the odor of other products. It is often used even to remove odors from the refrigerator. Therefore, it must always be well protected no matter where you store it.
Many people also put bread in the fridge, but it ends up drying out and hardening much faster with the humidity. If you want fresh bread for longer, you need to leave it on the counter. And if you don’t consume it within four days, freeze it.