You may have heard about spring-cleaning your house but have you heard of spring-cleaning your refrigerator? As the birds get chirping, the flowers bloom and the sun shines higher, it’s time to re-evaluate your fridge.
This spring ritual is more than just making your house look tidy. Old food or improper food storage can create bacteria that cause illness.
So, how can you get started? First of all, clear everything out of the fridge and freezer. To do good job you need to use with an antimicrobial agent so, for a natural thorough clean, use baking soda and white vinegar. As a final touch, wipe a little vanilla throughout. Do the same with your freezer.
After the big clean, evaluate your food. Check the use-by labels and the general appearance of all the food. Mould, strange colours or textures are obvious red flags for potentially dangerous bacteria. If anything looks or smells odd, don’t risk tasting it. Use the rule ‘When in doubt, throw it out’!
Now it’s time to reorganise the fridge and freezer. Here are some storage tips to help you stay healthy:
• Keep your eggs stored in cartons – they stay fresher for longer.
• Store leftovers in tightly sealed containers and use within 3-5 days.
• Before freezing, wrap food in two layers of freezer safe wrap.
• Don’t wash your fruit and vegetables until you are ready to use them.
• Store vegetables and fruit separately – in plastic bags or airtight containers.
• If you have to store raw meat or fish, keep it at the bottom of the fridge – in a plastic bag or an airtight container.