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CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – Properly storing your fruits and vegetables, meats and dairy in your refrigerator can extend the life of your food! Personal Chef Bill Collins, from ChefBill.com, showed us how!
This applies to lettuces, kale, all kinds of greens: put them in a large bowl, or stock pot, or very clean kitchen sink, and fill with water. Let it sit for a few minutes. Carefully scoop out from the water and dry, either on a towel, or with a salad spinner.
Don’t pour out greens into a strainer. Dirt sinks, and you’ll just be pouring the dirt back over the greens.
Most fresh produce will last a week or so in your fridge, and does best in the refrigerator. There are all kinds of websites that can answer a question about how long a specific food will last.
Store greens in a loose plastic bak in the fridge, if unwashed.
If you wash your greens, you can separate them from their stalk/core, but don’t slice. But you can store them in an bag or container. Why wash first? So you’ll be more likely to use them.
I use a lot of lemon zest. Zested lemons don’t last as long in the fridge. Make lemonade!
Fresh Meats and Cheeses/Rrefrigerator
If they’re wrapped in deli paper, re-wrap them is plastic, or put into a glass container
Fish will keep for a day or two, Maybe three
Chicken will keep for 3-4 days.
Beef will keep for 4-5 days
Your timing in the fridge may vary, depending on the actual freshness of the meat/poultry/seafood