Stocking Refrigerated & Frozen Goods

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How to Store Fresh Vegetables

Most fresh vegetables need to be stored in the refrigerator to stay fresh for very long. Store vegetables at room temperature only if you’re using them that day. Vegetables differ in how long they stay [more…]

Freezing Fresh Vegetables

Fresh vegetables are quick and easy to freeze. And if you blanch your vegetables before freezing them, they retain their fresh qualities after you freeze them. Follow these steps for freezing vegetables [more…]

What Foods Not to Freeze

In practice, any food can be frozen. In reality, not all food freezes well because of its texture or composition. Don’t freeze foods you can’t defrost and eat later. Here’s a list of foods that don’t freeze [more…]

Shelf Life of Dairy Products

You need to store all dairy products, including milk and cheese, in the refrigerator. Each kind of dairy product stays fresh when stored in the fridge for a different period of time: [more…]

How to Buy Eggs

When buying eggs, you have several factors to consider. Most recipes call for large eggs, so keep that in mind when buying. Besides the size of the eggs, also consider the specialty eggs available, which [more…]

How to Buy Fresh Fish and Shellfish

When buying fish and shellfish, freshness is the most important factor. If you don’t know how to buy fish, use your eyes and nose to seek out telltale signs of quality. [more…]

How to Buy Beef

When buying beef, consider its grading and cut. Also, buy beef with good marbling (flecks of fat) — the more marbling there is, the more moist and tender the beef will be. Beef is graded according to the [more…]

How to Store Fresh Fruits

Most fresh fruits are quite perishable and require refrigeration. You can leave some fruits out to ripen, but when they’re ripe, they last longer in the fridge. Here are some suggestions on storing fresh [more…]

How to Buy Chicken

Knowing how to buy chicken will result in quality meals. When buying chicken, look for Grade A poultry. It’s economical because it has the most meat in proportion to bone. The packages should be well-sealed [more…]

Freezing Fresh Fruit

You can freeze fresh fruit for all kinds of uses, from pies to jams, and they last for quite awhile in your freezer. When you freeze fresh fruit, follow these steps: [more…]

A Few Good Cheeses

If you get to know your quality cheeses, eating it can be a wonderful change of pace. Add some good cheese to your pantry for parties, snacking, and pairing with wine. When buying cheese, remember that [more…]

Freezing Fresh Herbs

The flavors that fresh herbs add to just about any dish are truly tasty. Frozen herbs are a great compromise when fresh herbs aren’t available. Frozen herbs are great in cooked dishes, but they aren’t [more…]

How to Pick Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

When choosing fresh fruits and vegetables, a few common rules apply. Avoid fruits and vegetables that have brown spots, wrinkled skin, mold, or don’t look . . . well . . . fresh! Here are a few other produce [more…]

Identifying Lettuces (or Mild Greens)

You can find mild greens (lettuces) in your local supermarket, and these greens can create mouthwatering lettuce salads. Typically crunchy and slightly sweet, here are the most popular mild greens: [more…]

Identifying Pungent Greens

Pungent greens have a bite. These greens make excellent additions to salads with a mild greens base. You can also use pungent greens in a variety of dishes. Here’s a list of the most common types of pungent [more…]

How to Buy Fresh Greens

Greens that you buy at the supermarket or the farmer’s market may not always be fresh. When buying fresh greens, check for signs of aging. Greens is the catchall term for green leafy vegetable including [more…]

Staples for Your Pantry, Refrigerator, and Freezer

Family hungry and nothing to cook? Make sure that never happens again. If you always keep these staples in your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer, you’ll never again be stuck with no option but takeout [more…]

Refrigerated and Frozen Staples

Refrigeration extends the life of most fresh foods. Items that you want to keep very cold — milk, juice, stocks, beer, leftovers, and seafood, for example — should be placed in the back. And what about [more…]

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