How To Refrigerate Cheese, Butter, Eggs, Meat, Poultry, Veggies, Wine + More To Keep Fresh Longer

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Rachael demonstrates how some simple rearranging of the items in your fridge could stretch your grocery dollar by keeping foods fresher longer. (And we all want to stretch our groceries as much as we can while we're trying to stay home right now, right?)

How To Store Snacks In The Refrigerator

If you're trying to eat better, make it easier for yourself by placing healthier snacks towards the front of the shelves. One of Rachael's favorite ideas is to put hummus in the bottom of a deli container and stand pre-cut carrots in the hummus. The top snaps on, and you have a portable snack!

If you have something sweet or rich to store, place those items behind the healthier ones so you're inclined to grab the good stuff first.

Also, keep bags of healthy portions of fruits and vegetables close to the front so the kids have easy access.

How To Store Cheese In The Refrigerator

As soon as you get home from the store with cheese, wrap it in parchment so that it can breathe. If parts of it become moldy, don't throw it out — just cut off the bits of mold.

How To Store Butter In The Refrigerator OR Freezer

If you bake and buy a lot of butter at a time, store only a stick or two in your fridge. The rest should go in the freezer to get the best flavor and shelf life.

How To Store Eggs In The Refrigerator

Do not remove eggs from the container in which they came. They will have a longer shelf life if you keep them in there. If your fridge has an egg holder, put the container directly into the holder.

How To Store Vegetables In The Refrigerator

An easy way to have fresh greens always available for eating is to clean and store them ahead of time. When you bring leafy greens home from the store, fill your sink with water and wash them all. Then, spin them dry and store them in plastic bags.

Save time by chopping and storing any vegetables when you buy them. You'll eat a lot more fresh veggies if all the hard work of chopping has already been done.

How To Store Raw Meat + Poultry In The Refrigerator

Always keep raw meat and poultry in the lowest spot in your fridge to avoid cross contamination due to any leakage. You could also store your meat on baking trays so if there is leakage it won't get on your shelves or drawers.

How To Store Wine In The Refrigerator

If you're a wine drinker, Rachael doesn't recommend keeping an open bottle of red more than a day, but white wine will be fine for an extra 3-5 days after you open it if you keep it chilled.

How To Clean And Sanitize Your Refrigerator

When it comes to cleaning, use distilled vinegar and warm water to sanitize and freshen your fridge.

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