Home food storage solutions for every space
It would be difficult to find someone who would not agree that these days, food is expensive, and that is especially true for fresh food items. From meat to produce, you spend good money on your groceries, and the last thing you want is for any of it to go to waste, which is why effective food storage is essential in order to keep both your food and your food budget looking good.
Cold Food Storage Options
For things like beer, wine and preserves, which do well when stored in the cold but which don't necessarily have to be consistently kept at refrigerator temperatures, a cold room or root cellar is perfect. However, since most modern homes have neither of these features, a garage in a cold winter climate will do just as well -- sometimes too well, as in very cold weather you will have to make sure your cold storage area doesn't turn into a freezer.
But if you don't have a winter-weather garage handy, or if the idea of keeping food out beside your spare gas can, hedge clippers and pet food storage bin doesn't appeal to you, then you are like most people, who need to store all of their cold food in their trusty refrigerators.
Maintain Freshness with Food Storage Containers
Perhaps the most important aspect of maintaining the freshness of food in the fridge is your choice of storage vessel. Quality food storage containers that seal tightly are a must because oxygen spells disaster for food freshness, drying out some foods and accelerating discoloration and spoilage in others.
In the case of raw fresh produce, another commonly overlooked culprit responsible for premature wilting, browning or molding is moisture, even, and sometimes especially, when it is kept in a sealed food storage container. Fortunately, there is a simple and very affordable way to combat excess moisture and the damage it can cause: put a paper towel in the container with your produce. The paper towel absorbs some of the water that would otherwise be absorbed by the pepper, kale or collard greens, helping the vegetables to stay crisper, longer.