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Enhance the longevity of your groceries with proper refrigeration

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The ESE5608TA is designed with a multi-airflow system that optimises circulation within the fridge, keeping temperatures constant in all areas.Where you place your food items matter. Vegetables belong in the crisper compartment, while items that can better withstand constant temperature changes, such as preserved food, can be stored at the door.

With modern lifestyles becoming ever busier, daily visits to the market have been replaced by weekly visits to the supermarket. Yet maintaining a healthy diet entails cooking and eating as much fresh food as possible.

With hectic schedules that may change on short notice, it’s easy to over-estimate the amount of groceries you’ll need for the week. However, it would appear that many are loathe to throw out food that they see as safe for consumption. The Electrolux Asia-Pacific Food Survey 2012 found that more than half of the respondents from developed countries such as Singapore, Korea, Taiwan and Australia will still consume food after the “Best Before” date.

If you find yourself unable to consume everything you bought that week, there are ways to prolong the lifespan of fresh foods with proper storage in the refrigerator. Here are some tips.

Ensure proper airflow

To start, check that your refrigerator and its contents are conducive for proper air circulation. This is critical for proper refrigeration and freezing as improper circulation can cause temperatures to differ in different compartments and cause the fridge to operate inefficiently, using more power than it otherwise would have.

Find where the air vents are in the fridge and be sure not to cover them. Ensure that you do not overfill the fridge, and leave spaces between products to allow air to circulate.

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The ESE5608TA is designed with a multi-airflow system that optimises circulation within the fridge, keeping temperatures constant in all areas.

Refrigerator models like the Electrolux ESE5608TA are designed with a multi-airflow system. This allows cold air to circulate freely amongst the various shelves and drawers, keeping all areas in the fridge at a consistent temperature for proper – and longer storage of fresh food.

Sort and organise

Have you ever heard of the saying “One rotten apple spoils the barrel”? This is because an apple, especially a bruised or rotting one, gives off a lot of ethylene gas, speeding up the ripening and rotting of other produce.

Where you put your food items matter. If you like your apples cold, put them in a plastic bag first before storing them next to other items. Similarly, don’t store tomatoes and cucumbers next to each other uncovered.

Always put milk on a shelf and not on the door, as items on the door tend to be exposed to room temperatures more often. The door should be left for less perishable items such as soft drinks, condiments and salad dressings. Eggs should be stored upside down, with their large end pointing up – this can keep them fresh for weeks.

Storage

Where you place your food items matter. Vegetables belong in the crisper compartment, while items that can better withstand constant temperature changes, such as preserved food, can be stored at the door.

The ESE5608TA has multiple compartments to help you sort and organise your storage to lengthen the lifespan of your food. From a crisper with adjustable humidity for fruits and vegetables, to multiple storage bins, a deli compartment for dairy products and separate freezer compartments, there is no lack of options for optimum storage for your weekly marketing.

Cover or bag it

Never leave uncovered foods in the refrigerator. They may contain bacteria that can then jump to other raw meats and cooked leftovers, spoiling them before their time. Try to use zipper bags to store opened food items, or wrap them in foil before putting them in the freezer.

Manage the moisture

Depending on the food item, you may find that storing it in water keeps it crisp and fresh longer, as is the case with radishes. For others like the fruits in a crisper compartment, put a clean, absorbent paper towel at the bottom of the drawer, as this absorbs excess moisture and keeps the produce from spoiling longer.

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