Once you bring your food home from the grocery store and open it, moisture, light, and air can change its flavours very quickly and cause it to spoil.
Here’s how you can keep some of your foods fresh and tasty:
Canned tuna or salmon will stay fresh after opening for one to two days in the refrigerator. Transfer canned fish into a sealed container once it’s been opened.
Peanut and other nut butters will stay fresh after opening for two to three months in the pantry and three to four months in the refrigerator.
Packaged deli meats will stay fresh after opening for three to five days in the refrigerator. If you don’t use unopened packages of deli meats within two weeks, you can also stash them in your freezer for one to two months.
Dry cereal will stay fresh after opening for two to three months in the pantry. To help your cereal stay crunchy and tasty, fold down the package liner after opening the box or transfer into a sealed container.
Ground coffee will stay fresh after opening for two to five weeks in the pantry or six to twelve months in the freezer. Moisture can cause coffee to develop off flavours. Transfer ground coffee into an airtight container to prevent it from becoming stale.
Spaghetti sauce will stay fresh after opening for four days in the refrigerator. Even though unopened, spaghetti sauce has a shelf life of eighteen months, however, check the expiry dates to make sure.
Olive oil will stay fresh after opening for three to five months in the pantry.
It’s important to store meat safely to stop bacteria from spreading and to avoid food poisoning.
Store raw meat and poultry in clean, sealed containers on the bottom shelf of the fridge.
When you have cooked meat and you’re not going to eat it straight away, cool it as quickly as possible and then put it in the fridge or freezer.