Not all fruit is the same, and this is also apparent when determining the correct storage. This is why we have made it our business to find out the correct storage for almost 70 different types of fruit and many other product groups. For each foodstuff, there are different data concerning where and how long it should be stored. But what if your groceries are already inedible before the stated time? Read on to find out why this might be.

Storage in BioFresh drawers

If you store your groceries in your Liebherr refrigerator at the right temperature as recommended, you’ve already made a good start in ensuring that they stay fresh for longer. But there are many other factors that affect product shelf life. Consequently, the storage time may differ from the stated BioFresh storage data.

1. The condition of the groceries in the supermarket

You should not just grab the nearest product in the supermarket, but look at the item a little more closely. With fruit and vegetables in particular, which can be easily damaged, it is important to pay attention to their condition while still on the supermarket shelf. Does the product already have several dents? Is it next to other foodstuffs that already show traces of mould? All these are important factors that can significantly affect storage time afterwards. These foodstuffs are often perfectly fine for consumption soon after purchase, but are unsuitable for a longer storage time.

Storage at the grocery store

The ripeness of the products is also a determining factor. For example, if you buy a very ripe avocado, it will only keep for a few days even if stored at the right temperature. However, if you have chosen an unripe, hard avocado, the product still needs to ripen and can therefore be stored for much longer.

2. Transport

Another crucial point is the correct transport of your groceries. It is important to ensure adequate refrigeration during transport, especially with perishable product groups such as meat, fish and seafood. The refrigeration chain must not be interrupted, particularly in summer, when temperatures are higher, as otherwise pathogenic or spoilage microorganisms, such as bacteria, can multiply. This causes your product to spoil faster. Our tip is to always have a cool bag handy in hot weather. This is the only way to guarantee the right transport conditions and to ensure that your purchase can be enjoyed for longer.

3. Storage in the refrigerator

Once at home, the correct storage in the refrigerator is crucial. The key factor is not only the optimum temperature, but also how the foodstuff is packaged and what products it is stored together with.

Particular care should be taken with fruit and vegetables. The reason for this is that certain types ripen after harvesting and emit the ‘ripening gas’ ethylene, and these include apples and tomatoes, for example. More sensitive foodstuffs, such as lettuce, may spoil more quickly if stored next to ethylene-emitting foodstuffs.

So, as you can see, there are many different factors that affect the shelf life of our groceries. It is therefore quite possible that the storage time of your groceries may differ from our stated data. Nevertheless, we make every effort to provide the most accurate storage data possible, and to do this, we are continually expanding our extensive knowledge databases in cooperation with recognised research institutes.

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