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Food storage - fresh taste with a clean conscience

Storing food in the right way saves both money and the environment. With a little planning, you can enjoy better meals and make your wallet fuller and your footprint greener. See all Orthex and GastroMax food storage products and tips below!

1. Use airtight boxes

Always store food in airtight boxes that will keep it fresh for longer and ensure that the flavours and odours don't mix. Use only food-grade, high-quality plastics. GastroMax food storage boxes offer an airtight and modular storage solution for both dry storage and the fridge. The airtight lid keeps moisture, odours, dust and bugs away. The boxes are, of course, made of safe plastic which is tested BPA free.

2. Store at the right temperature

The storage temperature has an effect on the quality and taste of food and also how long it stays edible. The recommended temperature for the fridge is +2 to +6 ⁰C. Remember that the temperature differs inside the fridge; usually the door and the vegetable drawer are the warmest and the lower shelf is the coldest. Dry food should be stored at room temperature. 

3. Freeze with ease

If you have a lot of leftovers, freeze them as soon as possible. The flavour, colour, structure and vitamin levels will stay almost as good as they were when fresh. The recommended freezing temperature is –24 ⁰C. For storage it is –18 ⁰C. Use long-lasting boxes with tight fitting lids that are safe and BPA free such as Orthex freezer boxes.

 

4. Waste less 

The amount of food waste varies greatly between households. If we waste edible food, its production costs are born for nothing. Remember three things: eat the foods that are the most likely to go bad first, check the fridge and kitchen cabinets before going to the shop and eat the leftovers for lunch or freeze them.

 

5. Don't mix best before and use by dates

A best before date means that the typical qualities of the food are preserved to this date, if it is stored properly. After this date the product may lose some of these qualities (e.g. cheese may be harder), but the food is still edible. The use by date is used on products that may be harmful after that date and should not be eaten. These foods include raw meat, fish and raw milk.