Everything seems to be getting more expensive – from electricity and living expenses to food and entertainment. So, where do you turn to cut costs? Well, if we consider how much money we spend on food and how often it goes bad before we get around to eating it, the kitchen is a good place to start.
If you are like many South Africans and only hit the shops once a month or every two weeks for a massive grocery haul, storing your food properly is very important. How do you make food last longer? What tricks can you apply to ensure it stays fresh and usable for the longest possible time?
Tip 1: Invest in a secret weapon – LG InstaView fridge
The LG InstaView fridge is a complete game changer when it comes to keeping your food fresher for longer. Apart from the obvious double-tap glass panel that lets you look at your fridge’s contents without opening the door and letting cold air escape, it has two unique features that make this fridge a must-have for any food lover.
The InstaView’s Moist Balance Crisper has a lattice designed lid that traps evaporated moisture trying to leave the drawer. By retaining essential moisture, your vegetables will stay fresh and crisp for longer. Its FreshBalancer function also optimises the humidity in the fridge, allowing you to toggle between the fruits or vegetable settings for crisper produce that retains healthy nutrients for longer.
Tip 2: Separate certain foods
As you may already know, some foods stay fresher at room temperature, and others prefer the chill of the fridge. But why? It’s actually quite simple. Certain foods, such as dairy products, ready-made meals, leftovers, and other perishables, need the cold to slow down the growth of bacteria.
Alternatively, foods like unripened bananas, avocadoes and tomatoes, as well as honey and coffee are considered to be non-fridge items that can be left out. Just bear in mind that these fruits, along with many others, such as pineapples, mangoes, and naartjies, will continue to ripen outside the fridge, so if you want them to last longer, split the batch and store some in the fridge for a later date.
Tip 3: Pack the fridge neatly
If you’ve ever chopped an onion and stored it uncovered in the fridge, you’ll know how quickly the smell starts affecting everything else in there. The InstaView shines here as well. The HygieneFresh+ intelligent 5 stage air filter not only removes bacteria up to 99.99%, but it also minimises bad odour in the refrigerator. This way, you won’t have any unpleasant smells and flavours transferring to other foods.
The takeaway from this: keep your fridge neat, clean, and logically organised to avoid having to throw away food before the expiry date.
Tip 4: Don’t overstock!
Before you head out to the shops, make sure you do a quick stocktake to avoid buying duplicate items. Things like pasta and tomatoes have a strange way of multiplying if you don’t keep track. Use what you have in the fridge – think frittata for the little bits of veggies, cheese and meat that that you might have left over. And if you do buy more that you need, think about cooking it and saving it in the freezer instead for a busy weekday.
Tip 5: Store the right foods in the right place
The way you structure the layout of your fridge can also impact how long foods last. Raw meats, poultry, and fish always need to be sealed and placed on the bottom shelf where it is the coldest. Firstly, so they don’t absorb any strong smells, and secondly, to avoid dripping and cross-contamination of other food.
Store items such as water, drinks, kiddies snack and the items your family most often looks for in the InstaView’s Door-in-Door. This innovative solution gives the family access to their favourite fridge items without losing a lot of cold air.
Tip 6: Check sell-by dates
Of course, to make food last longer, you need to check the sell-by and use-by dates. And when shopping for groceries, make sure to follow the golden rule of thumb: first in, first out. This is how store employees are taught to stock shelves, meaning that you’ll find the freshest food secretly stashed at the back.
You can make your groceries go further by just making small tweaks to the way you pack and store your food items.
Investing in an appliance with all the latest technology, like the LG InstaView fridge, makes keeping your food fresh for longer simple. The efficient energy usage means you not only save on your grocery bill, you save on electricity costs as well.