Storing food: storage tips for vegetables, fruit, dairy and meat

Vegetables, fruits, dairy and meat are subject to spoilage if you do not store them properly. An overview of the best storage tips per product group.

Storage tip: eggs

What is the best way to store eggs? Before you want to store the eggs, you need to clean them with a cloth. The fact is that clean eggs without feathers and debris have a longer shelf life than eggs with dirt on them. You cannot store eggs indefinitely (after all, they are an animal product): a maximum of three weeks. The best place is a cool and dark place, for example in the vegetable drawer of your refrigerator. Many people store their eggs in a special egg rack in the refrigerator. That’s not the smartest place. The refrigerator door opens and closes frequently, causing temperature fluctuations and condensation. Do not store eggs near strong-smelling products such as garlic or fish. Eggs have a tendency to take on the smell and taste of other products through their shell. In addition, store eggs with the point down. This way the yolk stays in place best.

Storage tip: potatoes

It is best to buy potatoes in small quantities. A potato that is left for too long will soon develop shoots. Preferably store them in a dark, cool place such as the vegetable drawer of your refrigerator. Store them in their original packaging. Today’s packaging is specially designed for optimal storage. Do not store potatoes near citrus fruits (lemons and oranges), onions and dairy products. Potatoes have a tendency to take on the aromas of these products.

Storage tip: tomatoes

Never store tomatoes – loose or on a bunch – in the refrigerator, but place them on a tray at room temperature. You can also put them in a bowl in a cool storage room, but never place them next to aubergines, cucumbers or zucchini.
A refrigerator temperature should be below 7 degrees. The following fruits and vegetables are best stored in the refrigerator:

  1. Strawberries
  2. Endive
  3. Asparagus: preferably wrapped in a damp cloth
  4. Cauliflower
  5. Broccoli
  6. Mushrooms
  7. Cabbage varieties
  8. Leek
  9. Salsify
  10. Sprouts
  11. Salad
  12. Spinach
  13. chicory
  14. Carrots

The following products are best stored at room temperature:

  1. Eggplants, never near tomatoes
  2. Bananas
  3. Citrus fruits
  4. Zucchini, never near tomatoes
  5. Kiwi
  6. Cucumber, not near tomatoes
  7. Tropical fruits
  8. Tomatoes

It is best to store:

  1. Potatoes
  2. Beans
  3. Zucchini
  4. Celeriac
  5. Onions

Storage tip: bread

It is best to store bread in a sealed plastic bag or a bread bin. Use the bread you think you will need and freeze the rest.

Storage tip: milk

Milk spoils very quickly. Every time you take a pack of meld out of the refrigerator, you reduce its shelf life by as much as a day. Immediately put a carton of milk back in the refrigerator.

Storage tip: meats

Pre-packed meat products have a relatively long shelf life, but certainly not indefinitely. The shelf life of meat products also decreases rapidly as soon as you take them out of the refrigerator. Then quickly put them back in the refrigerator. If you have any doubts about the freshness of meat products, it is best not to eat it. Spoiled meat can cause a number of diseases.