Let’s face it, most of our adulthood is a continuous process of faking it until you make it. After all, most aspects of adult life are not things we were explicitly taught how to handle. So it’s unsurprising that many adults don’t know the best place to store common foods and household items. In fact, we’ve compiled a list of nine things you probably have in your luxury apartment in Tulsa right now that most people are storing incorrectly. Wondering where you should store them instead? Read on so you can enjoy longer-lasting foods, cutlery, and more.
Potatoes, Onions, & Garlic
Let’s get the first three items out of the way in one fell swoop. Potatoes, onions, and garlic should be stored in a cool, dry place, not on the countertop or in your fridge. A cabinet or the pantry can be a good option. Storing them correctly will make these foods last longer and retain their best flavor.
Is your wine stored upright in the fridge? It shouldn’t be! While it shouldn’t matter too much for wine that is stored for less than a few days, ideally wine should be stored between 50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit and on their side so that the cork doesn’t dry out. Getting a wine rack can help keep bottles from rolling if you want to start storing them on their sides.
Although many of us toss our knives in a drawer and call it a day, it isn’t a great way to keep your knives in good condition. Storing them in a pile in a drawer can dull them and also makes grabbing a knife more hazardous. Instead, it’s best to opt for a knife block or knife tray that keeps knives separate and makes them easy to access. A magnetic knife strip can also be a good option.
A lot of folks are storing tomatoes in the fridge, but there’s a better way! Tomatoes actually stay fresher and have a better texture and flavor when stored on the counter than in the fridge. Consider having a bowl out on the counter to store fresh produce like tomatoes and avocados.
Nonstick Pots & Pans
Are your pots and pans stacked in a cabinet somewhere? Nesting pots and pans inside one another can scratch the nonstick coating, which not only damages them, but can also result in flecks of coating coming off in food when you cook, which isn’t great for your health. Consider buying a hanging rack for your pots and pans if possible, or store with a dishcloth between each pan if you need to stack them instead.
Are your medicines stored in your bathroom? Most people are, but storing in the bathroom can actually introduce moisture and heat (typically due to hot showers) that reduces the effectiveness of many medications. Storing them away from moisture and heat is better, so consider putting them in a hall closet, or other location that is dark, dry, and cool.
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