Where Does Food Go? Food Storage Tips for Your Home!



Do you ever find yourself wondering where to keep certain foods?  While it may seem easy to figure out which foods should be kept in the refrigerator or freezer, some foods may not be so easy to figure out.  Check out the details below for more information on how and where to store your foods!


Fruits and Veggies
Most fruits and veggies can be stored in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator.  A few fruits and veggies taste best when stored on the kitchen counter at room temperature.


Fruit or Vegetable
Storage Location
Shelf-Life
Potatoes
Kitchen counter, or other cool, dark place
Use within 3 weeks
Tomatoes
Kitchen counter
Use within 1 week
Onions
Kitchen counter, or other cool, dry place
Use within 2 weeks
Melon
Once ripe on the counter, store in the refrigerator until ready to eat
Use within 1 week
Peaches, Nectarines, Plums, Pears
Once ripe on the counter, store in the refrigerator until ready to eat
Use within 1-2 weeks


Meat/Fish/Poultry
Store these items in the refrigerator.  Keep them in their own drawer or on the lowest shelf if your refrigerator to keep any raw juices from coming into contact with other foods.  Be sure to freeze meat, fish and poultry by the date on the outside of the packaging.


Dairy and Eggs
Store these items in the back of the refrigerator where it is the coldest.  Use by the date on the outside of the package.

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