How to properly store your groceries: dairy edition
From yoghurt to cheese, here’s a guide on where and how to store your dairy products to help them reach their maximum shelf lives.
Have you ever wondered why your pack of cheese turns mouldy quicker than expected? That’s probably because you’re not storing your groceries in the right places and in the right ways.
To help you solve the mystery of your favourite yoghurt’s shelf life, and whether you should keep your bread in the refrigerator or on the countertop, we consolidated a guide on how to properly store your dairy groceries so that they stay fresh for longer. Bookmark this.
Milk should be discarded after one week of opening, no matter what the expiry date states. Store milk in the refrigerator but avoid placing it at the storage container on the refrigerator door. Opening and closing the door will allow warmer air to penetrate through, causing milk to spoil more quickly. Also, avoid using translucent containers — light exposure will speed up the shelf life of milk.
Bread should be placed on the countertop and sealed in a bag free from air to avoid mould from forming due to moisture. You can usually keep bread for up to three days, or according to its stated expiry date.
Yoghurt & Ice cream
Great news! Yoghurt can still be consumed even after its printed sell-by date if it is properly stored. But once it is opened, yoghurt can only be kept for a few days in the refrigerator, tightly sealed with its foil seal or a container to keep moisture away. Storing yoghurt in the freezer, where bacterial growth is low, can allow it to last up to one month. Ice cream should be stored in the freezer (duh) and can last up to four months.
Eggs & Cheese
Eggs can last for more than three weeks in the refrigerator, while cheese should be wrapped in a layer of parchment and plastic. Depending on its moisture level (from soft cheese to hard cheese), it can kept in the refrigerator from one week to one month.
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