Foods that benefit from fridge (part II)

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Remember part I? let’s get on with some more foods that benefit from our fridge, shall we?

NUTS & SEEDS

Nuts and seeds contain natural oils — aka those fabulous unsaturated fats — so they run the risk of turning rancid if stored at room temperature for too long. While you probably won’t get sick from eating rancid nuts and seeds, the flavor will definitely leave something to be desired. To keep nuts flavorful longer, be sure to store them in airtight containers in the refrigerator. Doing so prevents them from going bad and losing their natural flavors. You can store them this way for up to a year!

MEET, FISH & POULTRY

Fresh meat, poultry, and seafood should be placed in the fridge in its original packaging. Keep them in a separate drawer at the bottom of the fridge to avoid risk of cross-contamination with other foods. To freeze your proteins for a few weeks’ time, you can place the packaged items in resealable freezer bags and place them in the freezer. If you intend to leave them in the freezer for much longer than a few weeks, remove them from their packaging and place the pieces directly in the freezer bags before freezing. Bacon can last in the fridge unopened for up to two weeks and about one week after opening. It can live in the freezer for up to one month.

Processed meats from the deli can be stored in the fridge for up to five days and in the freezer for up to two months. Cooked sausages can last in the fridge unopened for about two weeks and are fine for one week after opening. Like deli meats, they can be frozen for up to two months. While you’re better off not freezing cured meats like salami, they do tend to last much longer when frozen. They can be refrigerated unopened for up to three months and up to six weeks after opening.

Take good care of your food!

SYRUPS & JAMS

Fewer things are more delicious and nostalgic than a steaming plate of pancakes covered in butter and maple syrup. And although no one wants to pour cold maple syrup all over their pancakes, it’s important to refrigerate all syrups once they have been opened. As long as you store opened syrup properly, it has a shelf life of up to one year, which is pretty impressive. If you want to warm it up, zap the amount you want in the microwave before serving.

Similar rules apply to jellies and jams. Spreads that you can at home, as long as you can them properly in sanitary conditions, is fine on the shelf until you break the seal. Then it has to be refrigerated, and usually has a shelf life of about a month (though low- or no-sugar spreads may not last that long). Monitor spreads for any changes, such as yeasty or alcohol odors, and discard it if you detect such smells.

Don’t forget your syrups & jams

Hope you enjoyed it. See you tomorrow!

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