How to store fruits and vegetables

How to store fruits and vegetables

The best way how to store fruits and vegetables in a well-ventilated room or a refrigerator is by following these instructions:

  • remove packaging before placing produce on the shelves or in a refrigerator since it can be contaminated,
  • repackage into containers made of easily washable material,
  • check daily for signs of spoilage and remove already spoiled pieces,
  • check freshness daily and remove parts of green vegetable that turn yellow.

How to store fruits and vegetables in a refrigerator when you have meat in it? -You have to make separation.

Storing in a refrigerator

In some cases, foods require special storing treatment:

  1. when the label defines the storing temperature,
  2. when the label stipulates the food must be stored in a refrigerator,
  3. when the food has been thermally processed.

Temperature in the refrigerator must be checked regularly, at least twice a day, i.e. once per shift.
It is necessary to check it with a thermometer in the morning at the beginning of the shift and later when the day ends.
If the temperature is not correct, action must be taken immediately.

When storing produce in a refrigerator, follow these instructions:

  • store the food immediately after it is received,
  • make sure the refrigerator temperature is suitable,
  • remove the packaging before storing,
  • do not clutter the refrigerator so as to maintain air circulation,
  • separate meat from produce,
  • use airtight containers made of easily washable material or open dishes properly covered with foil,
  • thermally processed food must be cooled before stored,
  • take the food out based on “first stored first used” principle,
  • mark the date on thermally processed food,
  • check expiration dates regularly and remove expired food,
  • if the refrigerator brakes, check all the food and the temperature; if the food is still usable transfer it into a another refrigerator; if not, safely remove it.