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The Ultimate Guide to Storing Food in the Fridge and Freezer [Infographic]

The Ultimate Guide to Storing Food in the Fridge and Freezer [Infographic]

While it’s a pretty straightforward decision for some foods, with others, it can be tough to know exactly what should be stored in the fridge and what would be better off in the freezer.

And there’s currently a lot of debate over whether we should really believe the expiration dates that we see on our food’s packaging, as you can see in this Time article, but it’s really important that you don’t take unnecessary risks.

Get it wrong, and best case scenario you have to chuck something out and let it go to waste, or worst case scenario, you and your family wind up with food poisoning!

Why Is It So Important?

Your fridge and freezer aren’t just big cupboards to shove food in, they perform very special functions, keeping all of your groceries fresh and at the optimum temperature.

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Food generally needs to be kept at a lower temperature so that bacteria and other microbes can’t grow and ruin your food, but some things can be left for much longer than others.

Most things clearly just come down to common sense, but with things such as seafood which can be dangerous if not stored properly, it can help to know exactly how long it’s safe to keep things for.

While there are many resources out there on the internet telling us how best to prepare our meals, there’s actually a surprising lack of information on how best to store it.

And while the taste of our meals is obviously important, safety always needs to be your first consideration when it comes to food.

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Of course, the answer to how long you should store food depends on how quickly you plan to consume it, but there are some rough guidelines which you can follow.

What Temperature Should My Fridge Be?

Firstly, your fridge should have a temperature of somewhere between 3˚C (37˚F) and 5˚C (41˚F).

If your fridge is any warmer than this, you risk the food going off, and any colder and your food will lose valuable nutrients and fresh foods can be spoiled.

As for the freezer -18˚C (0˚F) is an ideal temperature which will keep your food safe and stop bacteria from forming.

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The Guide

Thankfully, this great guide to storing food in the fridge and freezer from SousVideTools.com gives some handy guidelines on how long you can store everything from meat, poultry, seafood to dairy, fruit and veg.

Here are some of the key points from the infographic below:

  •  Most fish and seafood will last around two days in the fridge (a little longer if cooked).
  • Fruit and veg will last longer (closer to a week).
  • The general rule is that milk will last a week in the fridge, but always have a quick sniff to make sure it’s ok!
  • Cheese and butter are longer lasting dairy products and it will be ok for as long as three to four months.
  • A lot of food can be frozen for as long as six to twelve months (although it could come out a little mushy once you defrost it).

Remember: these are just guidelines. As you can see, the amount of time foods can safely be stored can vary greatly, and you should always use your judgement and not consume anything which looks or smells like it has seen better days.

Also remember that many items are better off not being stored in the fridge at all. For example, onions and potatoes are probably better in a cool low moisture environment such as a dark cupboard.

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You can check the infographic out for yourself and maybe even print it out and stick it on your fridge!

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    Featured photo credit: Sous Vide Tools via sousvidetools.com

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    Last Updated on September 18, 2020

    7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

    7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

    Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

    Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

    1. Exercise Daily

    It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

    If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

    Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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    If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

    2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

    Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

    One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

    This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

    3. Acknowledge Your Limits

    Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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    Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

    Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

    4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

    Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

    The basic nutritional advice includes:

    • Eat unprocessed foods
    • Eat more veggies
    • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
    • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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    Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

      5. Watch Out for Travel

      Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

      This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

      If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

      6. Start Slow

      Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

      If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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      7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

      Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

      My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

      If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

      I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

      Final Thoughts

      Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

      Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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      Featured photo credit: Alexander Redl via unsplash.com

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