When you're doing your grocery shopping, be sure to check expiration dates on all perishable items.
Make sure that your refrigerator is set at the right temperature. Manufacturers' settings usually recommend the temperature be set between 38 and 40 degrees F to keep your food fresh, but not frozen!
If you wash your produce before refrigerating, be sure it is completely dry before you store it. Moisture can invite rotting and mold.
Avoid storing produce in plastic bags – allowing it to breath will help maintain its shelf life. The bags will trap the ethylene that fruit produces, causing it to ripen faster. You can keep meat in its packaging if you will be using it within a few days.
If you are going to freeze meat, use foil or freezer paper to help preserve it and ward off "freezer burn."
Don't store milk in the shelves of the refrigerator door, where it is warmer. Wrap cheese in wax paper or plastic wrap, then store it in the deli drawer of the refrigerator.
Store blueberries, strawberries and raspberries in a resealable plastic bag at the back of the refrigerator.
Keep bananas on the countertop, unbagged.
After you wash your lettuce allow it to dry, then wrap it in damp paper towels and store it in a plastic bag.
For more tips on fresh food, check this out:
How to pick fresh fruit
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