Store & Preserve.
There are several foods that cannot be preserved in the fridge, such as: dry food (cereals, rice, pasta, flour), cans, products in glass containers before opening (e.g. jams, honey) and several types of juices and beverages. There are rules to follow for these categories as well.
Make sure the storage area is dry, cool and free from strong smells.
Store foods or beverages away from any cleaning products or chemicals.
Protect foods by keeping them in sealed bags or containers. This will keep them fresh longer and prevent the mix of smells, as well as any raids by insects or ants.
Never store flour on the floor. It can attract ants, mice and other unwanted visitors.
Always read the user instructions. Some foods must be refrigerated once opened.
In general terms, you can freeze all types of raw or cooked food, as long as you follow the hygiene rules below:
Make sure that the food is properly sealed in an airtight container, wrap or plastic bag.
Freeze before expiry date.
Follow the freezing/thawing instructions shown on labels, if any.
Thaw in the fridge and not at room temperature or in water, as this might cause quick development of microorganisms.
Make sure the food has been deep frozen.
Cook the thawed food very well, following the safe cooking instructions.
Try to consume in 2 days or so of thawing.
Raw meat and poultry
Place it inside an airtight container during thawing to prevent drips on other foods.
If cooked at the right temperature, thawed meat, poultry and fish can be refrozen.
General Preservation tips
If you have food leftover, first let it cool down. Once cool, place it in the fridge immediately and no later than 2 hours after. In summer months, this period is limited to a maximum of one hour.
Do not consume food that was cooked more than 3 days before. In the case of rice, the maximum period that it can stay in the fridge is 1 day.
Do not store canned food inside their container. Transfer to an airtight glass or plastic container.
If making cold dishes that will not be consumed immediately, cover with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and put in the fridge.
Do not store potatoes in the fridge, as this can result in a chemical alteration while cooking them. Keep them in a cool and dry place.
Raw meat and poultry
Store everything separately on the lower shelf of the fridge and wrapped in cling film or placed in closed containers to prevent drips on other foods.
Protect other foods (cheese, fruit, vegetables) from any leaks and odours. Wrap them in cling film or put them inside food bags. If possible, note the store date for better planning and monitoring.
Always remember that raw meat must be kept away from cooked meat.