Are you using your refrigerator the right way? Knowing the best way to store food can help you prevent spoilage, which will keep your family safer. According to the CDC, about 1 in 6 (48 million) Americans gets sick and 3,000 die of foodborne illnesses each year.
Proper refrigeration can also reduce food waste — which can save you money. Check out these staggering statistics about wasted food in the U.S. from EndFoodWasteNow.org.
Before you start slashing your grocery list, it pays to realize it's not all about what you buy, but whether it stays good long enough for you to eat it all. Proper food storage can alleviate much of this problem, ensuring the food you buy stays fresher (and safer to eat) longer.
The main thing to keep in mind is that some areas of your refrigerator are colder than others. So keep the foods that spoil faster in those colder spots. Keep the slower-spoiling foods in the warmer areas.
You may want to post this spiffy infographic on your fridge to remind the whole family where things go.
Other tips on storing food in the refrigerator:
Sources: Greatist, Lifehacker, Shared Legacy Farms, NPC LLC, AgriCultured
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