Keeping Organic Food Fresh
Proper storage is vital when it comes to keeping organic food fresh, both in terms of ensuring good hygiene and enjoying the produce at its very best. It’s easy to do with a few simple tips, like separating foods, prepping them for storage and regularly cleaning kitchen cupboards. Just try the following ideas for yourself.
Clear the space
Before we talk about how to store and keep organic food fresh, let’s look at the need to prepare the storage space. A dirty cupboard can harbour bacteria and dirt than can then transfer onto your produce. Keeping it clean helps to prevent against this.
- Start by clearing out your cupboards, fridge and freezer
- Get rid of out of date products
- Wipe up any spills and disinfect surfaces with a cleaner that is safe to use
- Allow the storage spaces to dry before re-filling them, putting produce with the longest shelf life in first
By cleaning kitchen cupboards and appliances regularly you’re making sure that they are hygienic and ready to house your groceries.
Separate your groceries
Effectively storing your organic groceries begins with sorting them. That means categorising all of your different food groups by how they should be stored.
- For fruits and vegetables…
Whilst large quantities of fruit and veg should be stored in the fridge, others prefer to be kept at room temperature. These include potatoes, garlic and onions. For those that you do store in the fridge, remember to separate them out so that berries, apples, and fruits are kept in a different compartment or tray to vegetables. Remember to pat down vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, and beans to remove excess moisture before storing.
- For fresh herbs and spices…
Use airtight containers to keep them fresh and lock in any odors. If you have a problem with bad smells in your fridge, even after cleaning, then try putting a small dish of baking soda inside and ensuring any opened produce is sealed tightly or transferred to a container.
- For meat and poultry…
Check the expiration day and decide whether to freeze or refrigerate the meat based on when you intend to use it. If storing in the fridge, make sure you use it by the expiration date or transfer it to the freezer ahead of this time. Ensure all packaging is sealed, and store meat and poultry on the bottom shelf of your fridge. You can even place it in a dish or open container to collect any juices that may run off if you’re worried. If freezing meat, write the expiration date on a sealed freezer bag before placing the item inside as most produce will only last a couple of months once frozen.
Prepare your groceries for storage
Preparing your groceries means giving all of your fresh food a good wash to get rid of any dirt and debris they might have picked up in transit. Do it before you put food in cupboards and cold storage and you’ll not only stop them spoiling quickly, you’ll save time preparing them when you’re ready to eat.
Keep an eye on your fruit, vegetables, and other produce once in storage too and make sure that you immediately remove any produce that is spoiling. If left alone it can quickly spoil other produce and lead to unnecessary waste.
And that’s it. With these simple steps on cleaning kitchen cupboards and appliances, separating groceries, and keeping an eye on expiration dates, you’ll be able to help keep your organic food fresh and ensure that you always enjoy it at its best.