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Food Storage Guide; Storing Fresh Food; Storing Frozen Food - Whirlpool ED22DK Use & Care Manual

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Food Storage Guide
There is a correct way to package and store
refrigerated or frozen food. To keep food fresher,
longer, take the time to study these recom-
mended steps.
Storing fresh food
Food placed in the refrigerator should be
wrapped or stored in air and moisture proof
material. This prevents food odor and taste
transfer throughout the refrigerator.
For dated
products, check code date to ensure freshness.
Leafy vegetables
Remove store wrapping and trim or tear off
bruised and discolored areas. Wash in cold water
and drain. Place in plastic bag or plastic con-
tainer and store in crisper.
Vegetables
with skins (carrots,
peppers)
Store in crisper, plastic bags or plastic container.
Fruit
Wash, let drv and store in refriaerator in olastlc
bags or crisper. Do not wash or hull berries until
they are ready to use. Sot-t and keep berries in
their store container in a crisper, or store in a
loosely closed paper bag on a refrigerator shelf.
Butter or margarine
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Keep opened butter in covered dish or closed
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compartment.
When storing an extra supply,
wrap in freezer packaging and freeze.
Cheese
Store in the original wrapping until you are ready
to use it. Once opened, rewrap tightly in plastic
wrap or aluminum foil.
Leftovers
Cover leftovers with plastic wrap or aluminum
foil. Plastic containers with tight lids can also be
used.
Storing frozen food
The freezer section is designed for storage of
commercially
frozen food and for freezing food at
home. For further information about preparing
food for freezing, contact your local Cooperative
Extension Service or check a freezer guide or
cookbook.
Packaging
The secret of successful freezing is in the
packaging. The way you close and seal the
package must not allow air or moisture in or out.
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Packaging done in any other way could cause
Most -neat can be stored in original wrapping as
food odor-and taste transfer throughout the
refriaerator and drvina of frozen food.
long as it is air and moisture proof. Rewrap if
necessary.
See the following chat-t for storage
times
Rbid polyethyle~e~plastic)
containers with
tight fitting lids, straight-sided
canning/freezing
jars, heavy-duty
aluminum foil, plastic-coated
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Storage
chart for fresh and cured meat*
APPROXIMATE
TIME
TYPE
(DAYS)
Chicken
.._.... 1 to 2
Ground beef
1 to 2
Steaks and roasts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 to 5
Cured meats
.._...___._.__._.._.
7 to 10
Bacon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 to 7
Cold cuts
3 to 5
Variety meats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 to 2
'If meat is to be stored longer than the times
given, follow the directions for freezing.
NOTE:: Fresh fish and shellfish should be used
the same day as purchased.
paper and nonpermeable
plastic wraps (made
from a Saran film) are recommended.
Follow
package or container instructions for proper
freezing methods.
Do not use:
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Bread wrappers
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Non-polyethylene
plastic contamers
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Containers without tight lids
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Waxed paper
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Waxed-coated
freezer wrap
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Thin, semi-permeable
wrap
The use of these wrappings could cause food
odor, taste transfer and drying of frozen food.
Eggs
Store without washing in the original carton on
interior shelf.
Milk
Wipe milk cartons. For best storage, place milk
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Freezing
Do not expect your freezer to quick-freeze
any
large quantity of food. Put no more unfrozen food
into the freezer than will freeze within 24 hours.
(No more than 2 to 3 pounds of food per cubic
foot of freezer space.) Leave enough space for
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