FOOD STORAGE GUIDE
Wrap or store food in the refrigerator in airtight and
moisture-proof material unless otherwise noted. This
prevents food odor and taste transfer throughout the
refrigerator. For dated products, check date code to
Keep opened butter in a covered
dish or closed compartment.
When storing an extra supply,
wrap in freezer packaging and
Store in the original wrapping
until you are ready to use it. Once
opened, rewrap tightly in plastic
wrap or aluminum foil.
Wipe milk cartons. For best
storage, place milk on interior
shelf, not on door shelf.
Store in original carton on interior
shelf, not in door bin.
Wash, let dry, and store in refrigerator
in plastic bags or in a drawer.
Do not wash or hull fruit until you
are ready to use it. Sort and keep
fruit in its original container, in a
refrigerator drawer, or store in a
completely closed paper bag on a
Remove store wrapping and trim
areas. Wash in cold water and
drain. Place in plastic bag or
plastic container and store in
Place in plastic bags or plastic
container and store in drawer.
same day purchased.
Cover leftovers with plastic wrap or
aluminum foil, or store in plastic
containers with tight lids.
When storing frozen food like ice
cream for a long period, place
it on the freezer shelf, not in the
bruised and discolored
STORING FROZEN FOOD
NOTE: Check a freezer guide or a reliable cookbook
for further information about preparing food for
freezing or food storage times.
Your freezer will not quick-freeze a large quantity of
food. Do not put more unfrozen food into the freezer
than will freeze within 24 hours (no more than 2 to 3
lbs. of food per cubic foot of freezer space). Leave
enough space in the freezer for air to circulate around
packages. Be careful to leave enough room at the
front so the door can close tightly.
Storage times will vary according to the quality and
type of food, the type of packaging or wrap used
(how airtight and moisture-proof) and the storage
temperature. Ice crystals inside a sealed package are
normal. This simply means that moisture in the food
and air inside the package have condensed, creating
NOTE: Allow hot foods to cool at room temperature
for 30 minutes, then package and freeze. Cooling hot
foods before freezing saves energy.
Successful freezing depends on correct packaging.
When you close and seal the package, it must not
allow air or moisture in or out. If it does, you could
have food odor and taste transfer throughout the
refrigerator and could also dry out frozen food.
• Straight-sided canning/freezing jars
• Heavy-duty aluminum foil
• Plastic-coated paper
• Non-permeable plastic wraps
ed freezer-grade self-sealing plastic bags
Follow package or container instructions for proper
Do not use
• Bread wrappers
• Non-polyethylene plastic containers
• Containers without tight lids
• Wax paper or wax-coated freezer wrap
• Thin, semi-permeable wrap
CAUTION: Do not keep beverage cans or plastic
food containers in the freezer compartment. They may
break or burst if they freeze.
USING YOUR REFRIGERATOR