The food must be fresh, safe and without loss of taste. Storage skills are very important. The American Nutrition Society found that only 40% of consumers understand that direct consumption of food stored in the refrigerator compartment above 5 degrees Celsius may cause food poisoning and other problems. According to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were as many as 76 million cases of food poisoning in the United States last year. So how long can food stay fresh in the refrigerator?
When storing food, it is best to wrap two layers of plastic wrap, or use a sealed bag to prevent air from entering. Although there is a small grid on the refrigerator door for storing eggs, it is best not to put eggs here. They should be put in a cardboard box before refrigerating. Do not wash fresh produce before storing. Store it in a plastic bag that allows air to enter. It is best to eat it within a few days.
Some fruits should not be refrigerated, such as bananas. Potatoes and onions can be stored in a cool and dry place, and do not need to be stored in the refrigerator. The remaining meals should be placed in a sealed lunch box, refrigerated after two hours of cooking, and eaten within 3-5 days. The raw meat is wrapped in a plastic bag and placed on the bottom of the refrigerator to prevent the meat juice from contaminating other foods.
Crystals will appear on the surface of food stored in the refrigerator for a long time, but it is safe for consumption because no bacteria will survive in the freezing box at a few degrees below zero. In addition, the nutritional value of frozen food will be preserved very well. Of course, their taste will definitely be worse than that of fresh food.
If you are not sure about food safety, the USDA’s advice is very simple: throw away suspicious food and don’t make jokes about health. As some food spoilage is difficult to identify with the naked eye, when the color and smell of the food are weird, even if the mold is not visible, it should be thrown into the trash can.
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