5 Ways You’re Reducing The Shelf Life Of Your Food

Do your foods seem to spoil or go stale fast? There are several factors which may be impacting or reducing the shelf life of your foods. So stop sabotaging your food budget and ensure that you’re not making these mistakes.

Five ways you are reducing the shelf life of your foods:

1. Improper storage of perishable and non-perishable goods

  • Storage is too wet or too dry
  • Storage has direct sunlight
  • Storage temperatures fluctuate
  • Using non-food grade containers for food storage
  • I like using the Lock & Lock containers by Starfrit, the Pop canister set by OXO, as well as the Fresh Works Produce Saver Set by Rubbermaid

2. Standing with the fridge door open for extended periods of time

  • This habit lets hot air into your fridge and lets the cold air out
  • Not only can it increase your energy costs, it can spoil your food quicker
  • I like to create an inventory list on a dry erase memo board, so we know what’s inside (a chalkboard would also work)

3. Not adopting a first in, first out food storage policy or rotating your food storage

  • Avoid placing new food in front of old food in your pantry, freezer or refrigerator
  • Rotate your food stock so the food expiring first gets used up first

4. Setting the thermostat of your refrigerator too warm

  • Can cause harmful microorganisms to grow at a faster rate
  • Food can go bad before there are any physical signs, which could lead to illness if consumed

5.  Letting oxygen into your food packaging

  • Air is the enemy when it comes to preserving the shelf life of food
  • Remove all air when storing foods, using a Foodsaver system can help

Do you have any tips to add to keep foods from prematurely spoiling?

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2 thoughts on “5 Ways You’re Reducing The Shelf Life Of Your Food

  • November 26, 2017 at 12:09 am
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    Wow! These are great tips and I was happy to learn about the Lock & Lock containers by Starfrit, the Pop canister set by OXO, as well as the Fresh Works Produce Saver Set by Rubbermaid.I will be checking some of these out as I like to keep my food as fresh as possible.

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  • November 26, 2017 at 3:55 am
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    The point you made about rotating food in the refrigerator really hit home for me. I have been careless in this regard. Thanks for the tips!

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