Sunday, October 27, 2013

5 Refrigerator Rules

Everyone gets a little confused about what can go or stay in their refrigerator. How long can I keep these leftovers? When did we open this salsa? Do pickles ever expire? I did a little research and compiled it all for you all. My family is beginning to experiment with meal prep and it can be a great thing but you have to follow these rules. Here are five rules for your refrigerator to keep you and your family safe.

1. Freeze or Refrigerate food within 2 hours of cooking.

2. Only keep leftover food 3-4 days. After 4 days eat it or freeze it. Mark your leftovers so you remember how long they've been in there. Get creative, Color Code or use stickers.

3. If its growing, TOSS IT. Any mold or signs of fuzziness should be tossed, even if it smells okay.

4. Ditch the door: Don't store Milk or Eggs in your refrigerator door because the temperature fluctuates. Store your eggs, milk, and anything with short shelf life in the middle of your shelf where the temperature is the most consistent.

5. Re-use those left overs. Left over rice, chicken, and veggies can go together to create great soups, stews, or casseroles. Get creative with your leftovers and try not to be wasteful. Check out this website for ideas for your leftovers. The Left Over Queen