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Are your foods getting bad fast? Maybe you are storing it wrong

Time and time again, you have to throw away food because they have gone bad too fast? Maybe you are storing it wrong! That's right.

Every German throws away nearly 82 kilos of food a year. According to a study by the Fraunhofer Institute, fruit and vegetables, but also dairy products, often end up in garbage. That does not have to be - if you store food properly.

For the most part, many simply throw their food in the fridge. Because the refrigerator keeps food fresh, right? Not at all!

Many foods have nothing to look for in the fridge or, if they come in the fridge, then only in a very special form.

Here is a list of foods that are often stored incorrectly in Germany - and how you do it right:

Avocados: Avocados are harvested immature and then taste bitter. They have to ripen - and they do not do that in the fridge. If you leave them wrapped in newspaper for 1 to 3 days at room temperature, this is ideal for them to reach the right level of maturity. If the shell yields to the touch of a finger, the fruit is just right. But if she does not feel like having time to eat the avocado, when she's ready, she lingers in the fridge's vegetable compartment for a few more days.

Potatoes: If potatoes are constantly moving, they germinate faster, so they should be stored somewhere where you do not have to run so often. In sunlight, they form the plant poison Solanin, so they better stock in the dark. You should also not store immediately next to the stove, under the sink or near a window. For heat causes the potatoes to sprout, while coldness turns the potato starch into sugar. A cold, damp cellar is the best storage place for potatoes. If you do not have a storage cellar, you should only buy potatoes in quantities that you consume within a week, otherwise they will germinate soon.

Tomatoes: Far too many people keep their tomatoes in the fridge. In the fridge, however, they lose their aroma. It's best to keep it in a warm, dark place. By the way, tomatoes send ripening gases. For this reason, store separately, otherwise fruits or vegetables could deteriorate faster in their vicinity.

Onions: Keep the onions cool, dark and dry (not in the fridge) in a basket. So they are stuck 2-3 weeks.

Pears and apples: ripe pears and apples release ethylene. This gas causes other fruits and vegetables to ripen and spoil faster. Always store apples and pears separately.

Butter : The butter tastes funny? All spreadable fats like butter or margarine quickly take on foreign flavors. Butter should never be stored next to spices or savory vegetables (eg leeks).

Bread: In the pantry you should only store bread for a short time. But if you've bought a lot, you can also cut something and freeze it. Actually ideal is a bread box. Fresh bread, however, separates moisture, which increases the humidity in the bread box. Older varieties begin to mold soon. Therefore: keep freshly baked bread always separate from older ones.

Mushrooms: Mushrooms are usually sold in plastic packaging. However, they quickly form condensation in plastic. Better: after shopping right in a paper bag or kitchen paper transfer. Then into the vegetable compartment of the refrigerator.

Ginger: He stays in the fridge for several weeks. If you wrap it in foil or in a plastic container, it does not dry out so quickly.

Brussels sprouts: Brussels sprouts you should immediately after shopping hit in slightly damp paper towel and store in the vegetable compartment of the refrigerator. He stays there for up to four days.

Extra: The perfect fridge

Store at 8 degrees cheese and ready meals. In the middle dairy products at 5 degrees. Including sausage and fish (3 degrees). In the vegetable compartment fruits and vegetables (see above). And in the door butter, eggs, drinks, sauces at 8 degrees.

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