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Our in-depth guide discusses the best kitchen storage solutions and how you can store your food for improved food hygiene.

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Learning the best kitchen storage ideas and tips cannot only help you save space in your kitchen, but also keep it tidier - ideal for those who have small to mid-sized kitchens and less space to work with. With the right kitchen cupboard storage hacks and food storage jars and containers, you can optimise your kitchen.

There are numerous benefits to space-saving and keeping kitchen worktops clean. For starters, having designated places for your cookware, ingredients and kitchen utensils makes them easier to find. No more second-guessing where you placed your wooden spoon or frying pan, saving you from the frustration of being unable to find the right equipment.

As well as learning the best ways to store your cookware and kitchen equipment, understanding how to safely store food in your refrigerator, freezer and cupboards can not only help you organise your kitchen but reduce the risk of cross-contamination.

Food Storage Temperatures for Each Food Group

Storing food at the correct temperature is essential in any kitchen for improved health and safety and a prolonged shelf life. Here are the optimal temperatures for the core food groups.

Dry Foods or Canned Foods

Dry and canned foods are typically kept in cupboards or pantries and are the easiest to store temperature wise. Room temperature is desired, but for countries with a warmer climate such as Australia, you may have to consider that your cans could swell because of the higher temperatures. Within the UK though, your dry and canned goods should be fine being neatly stacked in a cupboard.

Ideal temperature for dry and canned food: 10-15C.

Dairy Products

Dairy products such as cheese, butter and milk should be refrigerated and kept cool to keep them from going off or curdling. Certain dairy products can absorb odours, so you may want to keep these products wrapped up in their own protective coverings.

Ideal temperature for dairy products: 2-4C.

Produce (Fruit and Vegetables)

Storing produce can be tricky due to its various stages and individual requirements. For example, bananas should not be stored in a refrigerator because they turn black more quickly and should preferably be stored between 10-15C.

Most produce should be stored in the refrigerator between 2-4C to prevent rapid deterioration. However, there are certain storage rules that can help specific types of fruit and vegetables.

  • Soft fruits such as raspberries, strawberries and grapes cannot be stored for too long, whether they're kept in or out of the refrigerator. This is because they naturally deteriorate quickly. Ideally, you should buy soft fruit as and when you need it.
  • Unripe fruit can be kept out of the refrigerator, but it will unripen more slowly if slightly chilled within the fridge. How you store your unripe fruit depends on when you want to eat it.
  • Hardier vegetables like carrots, parsnips and potatoes can last for a couple weeks and can be stored outside of a refrigerator, while delicate vegetables such as lettuce does not keep for as long and should be kept in the fridge and eaten as soon as possible.

Ideal temperature for your produce: 2-4C.

Fresh Meats, Poultry & Seafood

Fresh meats and poultry are the most difficult and critical food group to store. Ideally, you should store raw meat and poultry on the bottom shelf of the fridge to stop possible cross-contamination. If you are thawing out meat in the refrigerator, you should place it on a plate or in a container so that the meat juices do not drip onto other foods.

Ideal temperature for fresh meats, poultry & seafood: 2-4C.

What are the Correct Frozen Food Storage Temperatures?

The optimal temperature to store your food in the freezer is -18C. This slows down the process of food deterioration.

How you organise your fridge is incredibly important, because not only does it help keep order within your refrigerator, but it also reduces the chance of cross-contamination.

Top Shelves

The top shelf is ideal for items that do not need to be cooked as there is no chance of raw juices dripping onto other foods and causing cross-contamination. While raw meat shouldn't be stored on the top shelf, cured meats are allowed.

Middle Shelves

A refrigerator's middle shelf is perfect for dairy products like butter, cheese and yoghurt. You may also want to store your eggs on the middle shelf as opposed to on the door rack, which is prone to temperature fluctuations.

Bottom Shelves

The bottom shelves are the coldest part of the fridge, making them ideal for storing raw meat, seafood and poultry. The cold temperatures lock in the food's freshness and prevents harmful bacteria from forming and settling on the food.

Not all refrigerators are the same, and some come with a specially designed compartment made for raw meat. If your refrigerator comes with one, then make sure to use it instead.

Drawers

Most refrigerators come with drawers located at the bottom, perfect for storing vegetables or fruit. Ideally, fruits and vegetables should be stored separately because of the natural gases that vegetables produce that are prone to over-ripen fresh fruit.

How to Organise Your Fridge

How to Package Food for Long Term Storage

While raw or uncooked foods can be stored loose or kept in their original packaging, leftovers and certain ingredients like flour should ideally be stored in food storage containers for improved organisation and food hygiene. Having a variety of food storage containers can be incredibly handy if you enjoy baking, meal prepping or freezing leftovers for another day.

Airtight Food Storage Containers

Airtight food storage containers are recommended for storing leftover food as it reduces the risk of air or bacteria getting into the food container and spoiling the food. They also stop unwanted moisture from entering and causing ingredients such as flour to clump, cookies to go soggy or cake to dry out.

Airtight food containers help keep your food fresher for longer, but they're also great for meal prepping. If you make a batch of food, you can split the meal into servings and freeze them for a later date.

Kitchen Storage Jars

Although airtight storage jars are great for meals and cooked ingredients, kitchen storage jars are perfect for raw materials such as sugar, flour, loose leaf tea and coffee grains. Kitchen storage jars can also be a stylish way to store and present your cereal or grains like rice.

Much like typical food storage containers, try and find airtight kitchen storage jars as they stop bacterial growth.

Bag Clips

Have you ever opened a family bag of crisps and realised that you have no way to store them and stop the crisps from softening and losing their crunch? Bag clips are ideal for keeping air and moisture out of your food packets, making your food last for longer. Use them for crisps, cereal, bread and much more.

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A small kitchen does not mean that you cannot have the kitchen equipment that you desire. Rather, it means that you could benefit from being more efficient when stacking and storing your pots and pans so that you can save space but also keep them safe. We have an in-depth and handy guide on how to care for your cookware and store your pots and pans properly.

Here at ProCook, we offer great kitchen storage solutions for all kitchen sizes and styles.

Pan Protectors

One of the best ways to save space in your kitchen is to locate a cupboard that can hold most of your pots and pans and learn to stack them without causing them harm. One way you can do this is by investing in some ProCook Pan Protectors, which provide a protective barrier between your pots and pans and stops them from scratching off their coating and helps them keep their non-stick properties.

Our ProCook Pan Protectors can be used for saucepansfrying pans, casserole dishes, saute pans, stock pots and woks

Knife Storage Solutions

Having a proper storage solution for your knives and knife sets is ideal as it not only protect your knives from harm and prolongs their lifespan, but it also makes your kitchen much safer. There are a variety of knife storage solutions available, depending on how you wish to store your knives and your kitchen's aesthetic. Knife block sets are ideal for those who wish to beautifully display their knives, whereas knife storage cases allow you to store them away in a drawer but also help you transport your knives.

Benefits of Kitchen Storage Solutions

  • Keeps your kitchen equipment organised and in place
  • You know where everything is kept and makes for a seamless cooking experience
  • Extra workspace
  • Makes your kitchen a safer space to cook in

How to Create Storage in a Small Kitchen

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How to Keep Kitchen Worktops Organised

By keeping your kitchen worktops free from clutter, you can make cooking much more enjoyable. What's more, keeping cookware and kitchen knives in designated and appropriate places and off worktops makes your kitchen more hygienic and much safer, reducing the likelihood of accidents occurring.

Suction Hooks

Rather than leave your oven gloves or tea towels on the kitchen worktops, hang them up. By doing this, your kitchen will not only look tidier, but your kitchen linens will also be kept cleaner for longer. Check out our selection of suction hooks within our kitchen storage range.

Utensil Pots & Holders

While a drawer for your utensils may seem like a great idea, having loose utensils can make your kitchen seem disorganised and cause harm to them. You can help protect your kitchen utensils by keeping them in a utensil pot or holder on a kitchen worktop. Not only does this make it easier and more convenient to grab your utensils as and when you need them, but they can also add style to your kitchen.

Chopping Board Sets

Having several chopping boards for certain ingredients is common within a kitchen, but when you have multiple chopping boards, where can you store them? While you may want to use a thick wooden chopping board to cut your bread on, we also offer various chopping board sets that have a stand so that you can vertically slide each chopping board into the hub and keep them neatly stacked against one another - making them a great and viable kitchen storage solution.

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Whether you have a small, mid-sized or large kitchen, keeping it organised can enhance the cooking experience and improve the aesthetic of your kitchen and its worktops. A tidier kitchen can also promote better health and safety, reducing the risks of cross contamination and keeping sharp objects like kitchen knives safely stored away. The right kitchen storage solutions can help you achieve a beautiful and practical space to cook and live in.

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