[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Did you know that 70% of the food that is wasted in the UK is done so at home! Getting savvy with freezing and storing your food correctly could help the average household with children save around £60 per month simply by saving food that could have been eaten from being thrown away! Knowing how to correctly store your food correctly will not only help you avoid food poisoning but will also help you keep your food fresher for longer AND help you to reduce food wastage! Here’s what you need to know when it comes to storing your food…..
Use by Dates vs Best Before dates…First things first, it’s important to know the difference between these two types of dates! Put simply…
- Use by dates are there for your safety – These dates must not be ignored as you often can’t tell if food is unsafe by its appearance, smell or taste! The good news is that it is perfectly safe to cook or freeze food right up until (and including!) the use by date.
- Best before dates are about quality – Food is safe to eat past its best before date; providing there are no visible signs of mould or decay, but it mightnot taste as good!
Fridge StorageKeeping your fridge at the right temperature and organised will not only help you prevent cross contamination of bacteria between foods but also help keep your food safer and fresher for longer! Most importantly, check your fridge is running below 5⁰C! Research shows that 70% of fridges in the UK are set too high; meaning that dangerous food poisoning bacteria will grow faster and that your food won’t last as long as it could! But how should you organise your fridge?! Check out our handy guide below:
Freezer StorageWhen it comes to feeding your little one, grabbing home cooked meals from the freezer can be a life saver; which is why our My Little Foodie meal kits are designed with enough leftovers to keep for another day! But how long can food stay in the freezer? Ideally, you should aim to use any portions of baby’s food in the freezer within 1- 3 months. It’s important to know though that the safety of the food will not be affected if your baby’s food has been in the freezer for longer than this (providing it has remained frozen solid). The freezer acts as a ‘pause button’ on bacteria, however, the quality of food in the freezer will deteriorate over time.
Where’s best to store……In the Fridge….
- Meat & Fish
- Dairy products
- Ripe Avocado
- Leafy vegetables
- Citrus Fruits
- Grapes & Berries
- Unripe Avocado