30 Foods You’ve Been Storing All Wrong

40% – that’s how much of the food you
buy ends up getting tossed right in the garbage. 40%! The culprit: improper storage. Let’s see what conditions best protect some
common products in the kitchen, and save you some money! And if you have some examples of your own,
leave them down below! 1. Tomatoes
Farmers will tell you that tomatoes get even more flavorful and fragrant if you keep them
at room temperature (about 70°F) or above. If you put them in the fridge, they lose their
best qualities, and the taste changes. It’s much better to buy small portions of
fresh tomatoes you can eat within a day. If you’ve grown them yourself, keep them
on the low shelf of the fridge. Also, ripe tomatoes make other fruits and
veggies ripen faster or spoil if they’re ripe already. If you don’t want black bananas or rotten
cherries, store the products separately. 2-3. Onion and garlic
These vegetables prefer warmer temperatures. They’re also afraid of light and won’t
like being kept in a sunlit kitchen. You’d better put them in a cool dark pantry
or cellar. They also shouldn’t be kept in the fridge. Cold and condensation can rot them. 4. Potatoes
French fries, or any fried potatoes for that matter, contain a substance that can become
toxic when kept in low temperatures. So don’t keep fries in the fridge! As for raw potatoes, they like a dark, dry,
and spacious place. Potatoes put off carbon dioxide, so if you
keep them in a spot with poor ventilation, they’ll start to wrinkle. 5. Mushrooms
If you’re going to cook them later, just put mushrooms in a paper bag and keep them
in the fridge. If you need to store them longer, first wash
them, and then dry or freeze them. It’s not good to store fresh mushrooms in
the fridge longer than 1 day, especially if you’ve picked them yourself. They’ll rot or become grubby. 6. Fresh greens and herbs
A lot of people put greens in a jar of water like you would a bouquet of flowers. Sounds like a useful tip, but this is actually
a bad idea. Fresh herbs will last longer if you put them
in a paper bag and store it in the fridge. The paper will absorb extra moisture and won’t
let the greens wilt. 7-8. Chilled poultry and meat
It’s better to buy them right before cooking. If they won’t be your dinner tonight, then
freeze meat and poultry immediately. If you need to store them in the fridge, first
wrap them in 2-3 layers of plastic film and put them on the lowest shelf. Don’t forget that meat is a possible source
of different infectious bacteria. It can be stored in the fridge no longer than
2 days, while it’s ok to keep it in the freezer for 4-5 months. 9-10. Bananas and other tropical fruit
If you remember how they’re grown, you’ll understand that the cold of the fridge won’t
do tropical fruits any good. To slow the ripening process down and keep
the skin from darkening, put each fruit in a separate paper bag or wrap it in plastic
film. Then keep them it in a cool dark place. 11. Honey
Honey should be stored in a glass, ceramic, or metal container. The ideal place is dark and dry, so a shelf
will do just fine as long as the cabinet has a door. If you keep honey where sunlight can reach
it, it’ll lose its antibacterial properties. Honey can absorb fragrances, so it should
be stored away from garlic, onion, and other infamously odorous products. If you make your own honey, don’t use an
old pickle jar for the same reason. 12. Eggs
Contrary to what refrigerator manufacturers seem to think, it’s not a good idea to store
eggs in the fridge door. Each time you open it, the eggs get exposed
to lower temperatures in the air. That constant change makes them spoil faster. Keep them in the carton, and store them on
the upper shelves further back in the fridge. The carton prevents them from absorbing odors
through their shells, and the back of the fridge won’t be as vulnerable to temperature
fluctuations. 13-15. Milk, yogurt, and hard cheese
Milk and yogurt also shouldn’t be kept in the fridge door – they spoil there faster
than anywhere else. The best place for their storage is the middle
shelf. The less milk or yogurt is left in the package,
the farther to the back wall of the fridge it should be since it’s colder there. As for your cheese, wrap it in plastic film
or foil to prevent mold from growing. This will also keep the product from drying
out. 16-17. Grapes and berries
The best place for grapes is a ventilated plastic bag like the one they’re kept and
sold in at the store. The same is true of other berries. But before you put them in the plastic bag
or fridge, be sure to dry them off with a paper towel. Getting rid of that moisture will prevent
fermentation and rot. If you want to save cherries, don’t remove
and throw away the stems. Otherwise, the berries will start leaking
juice and spoil sooner. 18. Apples
Apples shouldn’t be refrigerated. They’re also pretty finicky, so keep different
kinds of apples separate from each other and put them in the pantry or cellar. They’ll stay fresh through fall and winter
if you put them in boxes full of wood shavings or onion skins. They’ll absorb moisture, so the fruit won’t
rot. If you’ve started eating an apple but want
to finish it later, dab the rest of the fruit with a few drops of lemon juice and put it
in the fridge. It won’t get dark or spoil. 19. Vegetable oil
Don’t store it in the fridge – that’ll ruin its taste. Oils should be kept in a dark place at room
temperature. If you can’t find a dark place in your kitchen,
wrap it in foil. 20. Carrots
Young carrots can be kept in a dark cool place where they’ll stay fresh and crisp for a
long time. You can even store them like that for the
whole winter! It’s a bad idea to store carrots in the
fridge, especially close to tomatoes or other fruit, because they’ll get bitter. 21-22. Grains and flour
The first thing you need to do after picking up some flour or oats is to take them out
of the packaging they’re sold in. Transfer them to a glass or ceramic container
with a tight lid to keep bugs out and prolong their freshness. You can put them in the fridge or another
cool dry place. Rice can be kept in such conditions for years,
buckwheat – for 3 years, and oats – for about 6 months. 23. Watermelon
Watermelon (and regular melon) will keep better if you store it at room temperature. Not to mention, it’s better for you that
way too. When stored in the fridge, melons lose the
antioxidants that are found in them naturally. If you want to serve them cold, just put them
in the fridge for 15 minutes. 24. Bread
Bread should be stored in a plastic ventilated bag, a cloth, or a paper bag, where it can
stay soft for 5 days. If you’ve bought a lot of bread and need
to leave for a couple days, you can put it in the fridge. Low temperatures save it from mold, and it’ll
stay fresh and tasty. 25. Pet food
Yes, pet food can go bad, and it should be thrown away when it does. So, let’s try to prevent that waste by storing
it properly. Keep dog or cat kibble in a closed container
in a cool dry place. If you’ve opened canned food, keep it in
the fridge and use it within 2 days. 26-27. Coffee and tea
Store tea and coffee in a dark dry place in a nontransparent container. Keep them away from food with a strong odor. Avoid damp and sunlit places, and don’t
store tea and coffee close to sources of warmth such as a microwave or oven. 28. Sugar
The main enemy of sugar is humidity – dampness will cause clumps to appear. That’s why it’s important to store sugar,
both white and brown, in an airtight container in a dry place. Sugar absorbs odors, so make sure the container
you store it in doesn’t smell of anything. 29. Chocolate
Chocolate should be stored at room temperature in a dry place that’s exposed to sunlight
because, well, obviously. If you put it in the fridge, a white film
will appear on it. No worries, though – that’s just cacao
butter. 30. Leftovers
It’s a big mistake to make soup or hamburgers for a whole week unless you’re going to
freeze them. The longest time leftovers can be stored in
the fridge is 5 days. But it’s not a universal rule. If there’s mayo in a meal, it should be
eaten in 2 days max. Meals containing milk, eggs and yogurt can’t
be eaten after the expiration date of any of these ingredients. It also works only if you’ve put the meals
in the fridge no later than 2 hours after cooking. Hey, if you learned something new today, then
give the video a like and share it with a friend! And here are some other videos I think you’ll
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  1. Early

  2. Sorry but who has a cellar?

  3. One tip: Don't make a lot of food

  4. My teacher said that you should store food where u find it in the supermarket

  5. 8:41 no we dont have to store it i am sure u guys got me 😅😂

  6. I miss banana,

  7. Bright Side = Everything that you need to know that you didn’t know that you needed to know.

  8. Wow, I have been doing it so wrong!

    Tomatoes 0:24 🍅
    Onion and garlic 1:00
    Potatoes 1:20
    Mushrooms 1:44
    Fresh greens and herbs 2:06 🌿
    Chilled poultry and meat 2:29
    Bananas and other tropical fruit 3:00 🍌
    Honey 3:24
    Eggs 3:55 🥚
    Milk, yogurt, and hard cheese 4:26
    Grapes and berries 4:57
    Apples 5:28 🍏
    Vegetable oil 6:00
    Carrots 6:12 🥕
    Grains and flour 6:33
    Watermelon 6:59 🍉
    Bread 7:21
    Pet food 7:42
    Coffee and tea 8:01 ☕
    Sugar 8:22
    Chocolate 8:41 🍫
    Leftovers 9:01

  10. Hey there, BrightSiders! What’re your favorite salad ingredients?

  11. Make ill guess you age 2019

  12. Good concept for keep the foods as fresh 👌😉😋💪

  13. Wow!

  14. Sounds like I have a decision to make

  15. Thank you for that information.
    I needed to learn about this, also I shared it.

  16. Floridians I work with need to see this 🤣

  17. Very edifying. THANKS A TON!!!

  18. I never put fruit outside the fridge. I used to but was infested with fruit flys one year and will never do that again. Those things were nasty to get rid of.

  19. I'm the 18th Comment and like!

  20. You have obviously never had dry aged steak.

  21. I didn't know that about storing them in the fridge thanks for the amazing inspirational thoughts thumps up

  22. 40%? Not in my house, not any more. We now plan meals for the week and buy accordingly. We save A LOT of money, it's a bit time consuming, and we do cook on the weekends and freeze some things. I will say that the $150 we now save a month is well worth the effort. One tip my mum taught me, do not keep veg and fruit next to each other on the counter.

  23. Now we need a separate navigation system for a refrigerator.

  24. Wait… Garlic or onions is to scared away vampire right? And vampire are scared of light and garlic and onion are scared if light too what?

  25. don't keep a refrigerator to keep food fresh at home

  26. Just buy tapperware stuff

  27. you should put orange on lower part of the fridge for 10-15 minutes and cool down for 3 minutes and you will recieve a easy to peel fresh orange.


  28. Tip:

    Eat at a resturant

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  30. 🤐🤐

  31. Chop up that unused celery after making your recipe, place in freezer bag, put in freezer, add a handfull when cooking. Celery adds alot of flavor to most dishes and its high in B vitamins.

  32. Honey and salt are the only things in the world that has half shelve life of 100 years!
    So, if you see expiry date printed on the honey bottle, know that its not pure.

  33. For the 2% of people who see this,

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  38. my Mom put everything in a closed container or wrap it with journals paper

  39. Thinking about odors, f you have a Thermos or similar bottle that you drink from every day, you can clean it nicely with water and a little baking soda. Fill it about halfway and add enough baking soda that the water looks cloudy after mixing. Shake well. Brush around the threads and anywhere where your mouth touches often. It'll be very clean and all odors gone.

  40. Put your box of baking soda in a plastic bag so it doesn't exorb all The spices in your cupboard because that's what baking soda does it exorb

  41. Tamarind and it's byproduct won't be spoiled till a week

  42. I put my flour and corn meal in the freezer…i really like yalls video

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  44. UHm, who puts flour in the fridge???

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  46. Wow… I've been storing food the wrong ways. I really appreciate this video!

  47. This is a brigth idea and i can apply this for kitchen ..

  48. Wow I wish I knew all these tips something that may seem useless may actually be useful especially for food

  49. Hay Donald Trump. Most of us aren't rich and don't want bugs. So nearly all of this video doesn't work. Think Micfly!

  50. Where do I store the booties I eat?

  51. "If you make your own honey"

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  53. It realy helpt us

  54. 40% Of food gets thrown out
    The poor: Laughs at rich people for throwing away their money.

  55. Who should be studying but instead ending up here …lol so mee

  56. We have a potato that's been in our pantry for years. Did you know that potatoes will start growing tiny looking trees?

  57. Also if your power goes out and you have meat in your freezer. You'd better cook it right away or throw it away. Doesn't matter if you just bought it. Otherwise it will stink up your whole house. This is the worst smell imaginable, a sewer would smell like the world's best barbeque in comparison.

  58. Foil or plastic wrap around the stem end of the bananas keeps them from ripening too quickly

  59. Peanut butter, cookies, brownies. Don't keep them exposed in the fridge. They'll taste very weird.

  60. Where do you get your info from???

  61. I store loads of this stuff wrong. I have limited storage space in the kitchen in my current rented house, so I have to store eggs in the fridge, but yes, I store them correctly. Fruit goes off a heck of a lot quicker if stored outside the fridge. I keep bread on the middle shelf in the fridge along with butter, cheese, precooked meat in heat sealed plastic tray packs, same goes for cooked fish. The raw stuff and any other main meal items goes on the bottom shelf in my fridge and sometimes, plastic carton bottles of milk, which are sealed, so there's barely any chance of cross contamination. I keep all vegetables in the fridge, again, to stop them rotting so quickly.

  62. Not good to store bread in the refrigerator! I always store mine and plastic zip bags. I buy several varieties and then portion them out and put some in the freezer.

  63. He said 11 but it came up with 12?

  64. It's very interesting

  65. 3:24

  66. Make Next Video "What If India Ask's British To Return Everything They Looted From India?"

  67. 30 channels you've been watching all wrong

    1. Bright side
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    continue the list or put hate comments idk

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  69. Your voice is soo calming . It makes my day everytime😘😘😘

  70. Great video!! Tfs:)

  71. I always put my flour in the fridge or even the freezer cuz I don’t want meal bugs

  72. If I would store my watermelon outside, you couldn't even eat it. We have temperatures of 104ºF. And in 15 minutos it won't be cold.

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  74. who doesn’t put honey on the shelf

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  79. I have always stored tomatoes in the fridge and they have never ever changed in flavour and they stayed fresh for weeks so still using the fridge. I kept my mushrooms in the fridge and they lasted ages and no change in flavour. I buy fresh chicken from a butcher and keep it in the fridge for 3 or 4 days. No problems.

  80. Me:watch's video
    Grandma listening to video:moves every thing

  81. 1:29 always keep fries or chips in the freezer

  82. First of 300 comment

  83. I also store legumes and powdered spices in the fridge

  84. How about fresh squeezed juices like orange, lemon bla bla and how long should it be best for use?

  85. Put lettuce in foil and in the fridge it will stay crispy and fresh

  86. I would never keep it 5 days o.o 2 days tops and that's still depending what it is

  87. cucumbers, tomatoes, feta

  88. My mom said it not true lol

  89. I feel like seafood left overs should only be kept in the fridge for two day max. The taste and texture changes afterwards.

  90. Strawberries!!!!!

  91. 30 reasons I don't care

  92. Hi

  93. Cool 🙂

  94. If no one knew this then i'm questioning your life.

  95. Okay. So. Um. All of this is kinda totally wrong. First of all…why! Oh why store food..any food..at 70 degrees Fahrenheit? That's like the absolute worst temperature to store anything at. Its called the temperature danger zone, from 41 to 135 degrees Fahrenheit. Ever heard of it? Literally on google every where when you look it up. That's if you even did your research. I don't think fully at least. I'm not very reliable being just one person on the internet but there are teachers of culinary arts and associations like the FDA that will all tell you to never ever do that with food when storing it. Its a sacred law in the world of cooking. Bacteria loooves to grow within 41 and 135 degrees F and even MORE between 70 and 120F. I just can't believe that that false information was shared with thousands of people. That temperature can grow very harmful bacteria in minutes. And THAT is called time and temperature ABUSE. I'm seriously not making this up. Its on google and I've had a teacher tell me the very same thing for years. I've studied this. My teachers have spent longer studying these dangers. Don't do that. Please. Anything below 41 F and above 135 F is definitely okay when storing food. Thankyou. I just don't want anyone to get hurt because of this piece of false information from kind of an untrustworthy source. I mean. Getting info on how to store food from the internet? Yeah like the internet never lies.


  97. Good video. Learned some things. The only nonsense is that melons (or anything for that matter) will get cold from only being in the fridge for 15 minutes. Freezer, yes; fridge, no.

  98. Chocolate is eaten right way, no chance of it being damaged.
    Leftovers are barely possible if you have dogs.

  99. So…..we don’t need to spend 3k $ for a refrigerator? Lol. Guess we don’t need refrigerators

  100. I actually make sure my berries are wet before I put them in the fridge, because they get mould when they are dry, but when they are wet they last forever

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