Christmas is not too far off, and by now you’re probably feeling the chilling bite of winter in full. Some would say that this is probably not a good time to discuss cold storage, what with the temperatures being low enough as they are.
However, with lots of food and presents gathering within our homes, now would be a good time to look at what sort of things may require cold storage. The amount of things that do need placing in the fridge or freezer may in fact surprise you.
So what are some of the goods you have that may need to be kept in cold storage?
#1 Whole Wheat Flour
The first impulse when storing flour is to place it, in its bag, within the pantry or cupboards along with the rest of your baking goods. Certainly there’s nothing wrong with storing it in the pantry, especially if you expect to be using flour frequently.
However if you place your flour into a freezer bag and place it within your fridge, you’ll soon find that your flour lasts nearly three times as long as it would otherwise. This gives you a lot more time to prepare for any Christmas baking you may have lined up. Professional bakeries use cold stores to keep their produce fresh and safe from contamination.
Another surprising product best kept in cold storage is lipstick. After too long in a room temperature storage container, you’ll eventually find they just don’t work as well as they used to. However placing your lipsticks in a box at the back of the fridge can go a long way into extending their shelf life. This is great if you want any lipstick you wish to give as a gift last that extra bit longer once it’s changed hands.
Like bakeries, florists often use cold rooms to store their stock, making them last longer. Placed within a sealable bag, fresh-cut flowers can last twice as long when placed within cold storage. Of course that still isn’t very long when compared to other products, so make sure that you buy any gift flowers as close to the day they’re given as possible. If necessary, give flowers out early. No one will mind overmuch.
#4 Cologne and Eau du Toilette
As anybody who uses it knows, cologne and other smelly stuffs do eventually go off if left alone for a while. However what most don’t know is that placing them in the fridge makes them last longer by a significant margin.
If you’ve bought someone a bottle, or you have a particularly favourite brand you’re hoping to wear to a function, then consider placing it within cold storage. Kept in a cool place, and your cologne or aftershave can last for several years more. Definitely a great way to get the most bang for your buck.
#5 Biscuits and Cookies
Last but not least, biscuits can also last a lot longer if kept in the fridge than if placed within the pantry. While certainly drier than most places, biscuits and cookies can still go soft from moisture hanging around in the air. Keeping them in cold storage, therefore, can help them last for as long as an extra week.