While this wastes food, it puts a strain on our wallets too.
In the UAE, we've all experienced food reaching its expiry date before we planned – so here's a quick guide on how you can make the most out of what you buy, keeping your food fresh for longer! Get your fridge organized Categorize your food.
Your fridge is king when it comes to storing food and keeping it fresh. So, make sure you're storing your food correctly by keeping your food organized in a manner where you'd be able to see all items according to their category.
For example, you can keep all the dairy items on one side, and the leftover meals on another, lower shelf. This way, you'll know how much cheese you need to stock up, or if you really need more yogurt – helping you buy just what you need.Store according to temperature and location.
Don't store fresh food in plastic bags
- Your top shelf is great for dairy products and pre-prepared items such as sauces.
- Your freezer is a favorite for raw meat or poultry – sealed in their packaging – because this is the coldest part in your fridge and avoids them from spilling.
- Shelves on the door can carry juices, eggs, butter, jam, or spreadable cheese, because this side is exposed to external air whenever the door's opened. Therefore, you can keep your jam cold and ready-for-spreading.
- On the bottom drawers, keep your fruits and veggies stored with tissue under them to contain the moisture. This can help avoid other veggies from getting spoilt due to humidity
Your fruits and veggies need air to breathe, so make sure you don't store them in plastic bags, because that would make them get spoilt quickly due to built-up moisture. Befriend the freezer
Storing your food in the freezer – especially poultry, meats and fish – contains their nutritional value. In fact, some foods are better bought frozen, like corn, green beans, and blueberries,
as a study at the University of California found that the frozen alternative of these items contained higher Vitamin C
compared to their fresh counterparts.  Declutter and store wisely
Keep spaces between the food you store so the area doesn't get too humid causing food to expire more quickly, as a crowded fridge could cause some areas to be warmer than others. Keep your fresh food whole
Avoid cutting half a tomato and putting it back in the fridge, as food that's cut gets spoilt quicker than whole food. If you don't consume it, you can store it with a foil or an eco-friendly container/packaging.
And that's a wrap! Storing appropriately can help keep your food fresh for longer and help you save on grocery shopping
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