How to Unpack Groceries and Keep Food Fresh

Putting away groceries? An unpacking strategy goes a long way to keeping food fresh.

Unpacking groceries may seem like a mindless task, but a few important steps can help you make the most of the food you buy.

To keep food fresh and safe to eat:

  • Put perishable items, such as meat and milk, into the freezer or fridge right away to avoid spoilage. 
  • Store eggs (in their carton) and dairy products inside the fridge, not on the door (it’s the warmest part of the fridge). 
  • Put meat and poultry into containers on the bottom of the fridge so juices won’t drip and contaminate other foods. 
  • Split bigger packages and freeze in meal-size portions for easy defrosting. 
  • Store unwashed vegetables and fruit in separate drawers of the fridge so they stay fresh longer. 
  • To store leafy greens, wash in cool water, dry, wrap loosely in paper towels and store in a container in the fridge. 
  • Keep tomatoes on the counter out of direct sunlight so they stay fresh and flavourful. 
  • Keep potatoes, sweet potatoes, garlic and onions in a dry, cool and dark place that is well ventilated. 

Spending a few minutes organizing your fridge will help keep food fresh and safe to eat. You’ll cut down on wasted food too!

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