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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 March 13, 2019

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

    You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

    Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

    1. Work on the small tasks.

    When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

    Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

    2. Take a break from your work desk.

    Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

    Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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    3. Upgrade yourself

    Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

    The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

    4. Talk to a friend.

    Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

    Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

    5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

    If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

    Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

    Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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    6. Paint a vision to work towards.

    If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

    Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

    Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

    7. Read a book (or blog).

    The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

    Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

    Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

    8. Have a quick nap.

    If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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    9. Remember why you are doing this.

    Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

    What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

    10. Find some competition.

    Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

    Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

    11. Go exercise.

    Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

    Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

    As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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    Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

    12. Take a good break.

    Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

    Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

    Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

    Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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