Food Storage

When I moved to Norway, I was in total shock at how small the fridges were here! I could not understand how they managed to live. I now realize that fridges do come in American size here, but now I see it at pointless. We currently have a small dorm size fridge (pictured), it is hip tall and besides wanting more freezer space we are fine with it. I would prefer a deep freeze to pre make meals and freeze meats when I find them on offer. We shop everyday except Sunday’s, because the stores are closed (gasp!). We buy what we need for that days dinner and the next days breakfast, lunch and snacks. We are not very strict to this, if there is something on offer that we normally eat – we buy it!

I have learned since moving here not to have 50 different types of condiments and cook what we need to avoid days of leftovers. Unlike before when I lived in the States, I remember as a teen having the chore of cleaning out the fridge once a month – whew! we wasted so much food! Another thing that I am currently learning is that fruits and vegetables are to be kept in fresh air.. not in the frigid cold fruit / veggie drawers in the fridge. They did not have fridges 1,000’s of years ago and survived just fine. Now I do not plan to go back in time, I want to keep my milk, ice cream, beer and such of course. I have learned that if you store your potatoes in a dark place with apples on top of them that the apples ethylene gas will keep the potatoes fresh longer. Keep onions away from potatoes though, they make them go bad. I have learned that storing root vegetables, such as carrots, in sand so they can stand vertically (like they grow) will make them last longer – and you just add a small amount (2tbs) of water to the sand daily. Other fruits and vegetables stored over a water dish keeps them fresher longer. All these I have learned from Jihyun Ryou, she has dedicated much time to learn about this process of keeping produce alive and healthy. I have not yet built a sand box or a potato apple container… but I plan to in time! I have however stopped putting my veggies and fruits in the fridge.

Another thing that I have been noticing and hearing alot is to keep eggs on the counter, not the fridge. This I have been having trouble with for a few months now… but the next box of eggs I buy i’ll leave on the counter. I have seen this much from my Norwegian and British friends – but in America it is a no-no. I think more plays in here as well, In the States the food are bleached, cleaned and shipped across the huge country. Here my eggs occasionally come with feathers on them – which tells me they have not been cleaned like a hospital – and the shells are much thicker then in the States. I know the reason we are encouraged in the States to keep the in the fridge is to keep salmonella from developing – which sadly seems to be everywhere in the States. I would not personally keep my eggs on the counter in the States unless they were organic or free range or local farmer bought – but in Norway I will. I am on the hunt of a nice way to store them on my counter, I am not to ken on having a bright pink box out. Also, another thing I learned from Ryou is that eggs are very porous and should be allowed to breath.

These are my recent ‘ah-ha’ moments, ill share more as they come!

What do you think?