Your freezer is looking chaotic? No idea where anything is or what the best-before date is? You're not alone. With our tips and insights we'll show you how to organise your fridge and freezer.
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Who doesn’t know the nuisance of trying to grab something from the freezer, and finding yourself combing through half opened packages, loose vegetables rolling around and unlabeled tupperware boxes. It becomes painfully obvious that the freezer is in a pretty chaotic state and some organisation might do it some good. We’ll explain how to best organise your things and how to preserve your food best.
A real meal prepper has countless tupperware boxes in hers or his fridge/freezer, but without labelling, the contents remain mysterious until it's on your plate. To avoid confusion, and to allow yourself to navigate all your meals easily, label everything you store. All you need to note is the meal or type of product and the day in which you froze it. That way, you know exactly what to expect, you know how much you have of each item, and you have a rough timeline of when you should eat your meal. If you’re buying frozen food, then you don’t have to go these lengths, as all the information is already there.
Once you’ve successfully identified content and expiration date, the remaining question is where to best store your items. Which section is suitable for what? Do you store larger items at the top or bottom? Some of these questions are self-explanatory, depending on the size and number of compartments of your freezer.
|1 Star *||Up to -6 °C||Short-term storage||Up to 1 week||Diverse|
|2 Stars **||Up to -12 °C||Medium-term storage||Up to 3 weeks||Diverse|
|3 Stars ***||Up to -18 °C||Long-term storage||Several months||Premade meals, Baked goods, Raw doughs|
|4 Stars ****||-18 °C and colder||Freezing and long-term storage||1 year and beyond||Fruit, Vegetables, Frozen meals, Ice cream, French fries|
As you can see, different compartments of your freezer have different functions. The right storage of your food not only facilitates structure and organisation, but also ensures that your products keep.
For our Every. products, sufficient cooling and the proper storage is important to maintain the consistency and quality of the products. Our soups, bowls, raw cakes etc. keep for up to a year if you store them properly and don’t interrupt the cooling chain. All the necessary information can of course be found on the individual packages as well. In case you’ve already thawed your Every. Dish and decide to eat something else, you can simply store it in your refrigerator for up to 2 days, but no longer. Once the thawing process has started, do not refreeze.
Even frozen foods can spoil if stored incorrectly. To avoid this happening, we have put together some useful tips to help you. Not only will this help reduce unnecessary food waste, but it will also save you valuable time next time you’re searching for something in your freezer.
There is a range of foods that actually don’t keep longer frozen, but actually spoil faster. These include foods that have a high water content (e.g. cucumbers, watermelon, lettuce) raw vegetables (e.g. tomatoes, potatoes and apples) as well as vegan alternatives (e.g. yoghurt, milk). These foods are altered once they thaw, which affects their texture. Water-rich vegetables get an unpleasant watery consistency while vegan yoghurts and milks can become gritty.
Frozen foods are a great alternative to fresh produce. Frozen fruit and vegetables are not only practical, they tend to be richer in nutrients and vitamins. Did you know that spinach stored in a refrigerator loses 50% of its Vitamin C content in just 2 days? The advantage of frozen foods is that all the nutrients are optimally preserved and remain virtually unchanged until you heat them up. Finally, you can save plenty of time avoiding the cleaning, peeling and chopping required of fresh vegetables, by buying the frozen counterpart. Here are some quick and easy recipes which will help you use up any frozen foods you have in your freezer.
250 g gnocchi
Frozen peas and carrots
1 clove of garlic
Salt and pepper
Oil for frying
Frozen peas and carrots
2-3 medium sized potatoes
500 ml vegetable broth
Frozen fruit mix
1 vanilla bean
10g corn starch
250 ml oat milk (or soy milk)
2 TB date syrup
Sprinkle of turmeric powder
In conclusion, the more organised your fridge and freezer are, the more time you save. Furthermore, this is essential to avoid wasting food and letting items spoil unnecessarily. Most foods can easily be frozen, but this doesn’t protect them from spoiling eventually. That’s why it’s important that you know how your gadget works and where to best store different items. This way your food stays good for longer periods.
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