Eat healthily, live safely! This is our motto that we encourage you to make as the basis of your life. Realizing the benefits of healthy eating and adopting the right healthy lifestyle are the basics of lengthening your lifespan.
Eating healthy means adding more beneficial foods of nutritional value to your food plan. Consider veggies and fruits as the first foods to start consuming. The question here is regarding how and where you place these foods to keep them fresh?
We all want our kitchens to look tidy and clean. We, therefore, try to store foods based on kitchen organization hacks we read somewhere. However, kitchen organization ideas might not be always helpful in preserving the freshness of foods.
We might end up spoiling the most expensive foods we got from natural food stores. The kitchen cupboards are not the only places in your kitchen where you can store food. If you are interested in tips on how to store food properly, keep reading!
1. What should be placed in the kitchen cupboards?
Before going on your shopping journey for groceries at Wegman’s, Publix, Aldi, or other grocery stores, compile a grocery list of all what you need to limit your budget and get only what you really need.
If you don’t like shopping for groceries, you could use a Walmart grocery app to shop online. At all rights, if you don’t store the bought foods properly, all of your groceries will spoil. Only few foods can be stored in the kitchen cabinets. Examples:
• Chocolate: do you want to keep your chocolate candy bars from Milka or Nestlé safe? Well, you should keep them in a cold spot like the kitchen cupboard. The fridge is not the right place where to keep the chocolate bars (if you do store them in, you would notice a white plaque on the bars).
• Bread: this is a must-have ingredient in many cuisines. Normally, bread should be placed in a box with some salt to prevent mold. The bread or toast that you get from the supermarket can stay safe in its plastic bag for few days, but the mold would soon find its way in. The plastic blocks the flow of air to the bread, resulting in the formation of mold. Keeping bread in the kitchen cupboards and airing the cupboards are an excellent idea.
• Honey: this is one of the ingredients that do not have a specific shelf life. What matters the most is that you store it properly and correctly. Honey should be stored in a dark and cold spot. If it is placed in the fridge, some of its good properties will be lost.
• Olive oil: in line with the consideration of kitchen organization ideas, the freshness and good properties of the foods must be taken into account as well. For instance, you cannot keep olive oil on the countertop exposed to sunlight. It should be kept somewhere away from sunlight at room temperature.
• Garlic and onions: if you are not into going out and shopping for fresh groceries, you could use the grocery delivery service; it is handy! If you buy garlic and onions, the latter must be kept fresh. How? They should be put in a box placed in a kitchen cupboard.
2. What should be placed on a table or kitchen shelves?
To keep food fresh, most people think that the magical solution is placing the food in the fridge, which is wrong. Some foods can have their shelf life shortened in case they are placed in the fridge.
The latter is, in fact, not the only place where foods can be stored. If you want to enjoy tasty healthy veggie dinners with fresh veggies, keep the latter on the table or the shelves of your kitchen.
Not all veggies and greens can remain fresh even if they are not placed in the fridge. Here is the list of veggies and fruits that can be placed only on the kitchen table or shelf:
• Avocados: the storing of such a fruit is a bit special. If it is still ripe, it could be placed in the fridge at low temperatures. However, if it is not completely ripe, it should not be placed in the fridge, for the cold can hinder the ripeness progress.
• Eggplant: such a veggie cannot bear low temperature or be put in the fridge. Therefore, they are the kind of veggies to be placed on the kitchen shelves at room temperature.
• Cucumbers: this veggie can be, in fact, stored in the fridge but only for a couple of days. If you are wondering about how to store and keep cucumbers fresh, then putting them on the kitchen shelves or kitchen table is the solution.
• Tomatoes: the natural flavor of tomatoes will be likely lost in case they are put in the fridge. The ripeness process becomes slower because of cold air, resulting in less-juicy tomatoes. Preferably, keep the tomatoes outside at room temperature to use them fresh.
• Citrus fruits, inclusive of oranges: such fruits can serve as excellent and natural kitchen table decoration. There is no need to place such fruits in the fridge!
3. What should be preserved in the fridge to stay fresh?
Mostly, groceries’ shopping for people is an exhausting task. But here is a question to folks who think in the same way: how do you expect you can survive if you don’t have any foods around? We suppose that air is what these folks think they need to survive.
Let us cut the chase; groceries’ shopping is inevitable, plus it is a way to ensure that your body will receive healthy nutrition. If you want the nutritional value of certain foods to be preserved, those foods on their own right must be stored in the fridge. Here are examples of such foods.
• Flour: you won’ t find it difficult to store flour, but how to store properly is the core of the whole thing. Bugs and mold can pop up in flour when the latter is preserved in a spot with high temperatures and humidity. Put the flour in a closed jar and place it in the fridge.
• Nuts: where do you usually store your Blue Diamond or Fisher Nuts? Not all nuts can remain fresh at the room’s temperature. A safer option is preserving the nuts in the fridge.
• Celery: some veggies and greens can be stored in kitchen cabinet organizers at room temperature, while others must be placed in the fridge. This applies to celery that should be wrapped in aluminum foil and placed in the fridge.