There’s nothing worse than having a house full of family and friends for the holidays and finding out that your vegetables are past prime, your bread is stale, and the cheese has grown an unsightly green beard. Keep your foods at their best by using these handy tips:

  1. Store cheese in cheese paper or parchment paper instead of foil or plastic. Plastic wrap, foil and other non-porous materials can suffocate cheese, altering its flavors and accelerating spoilage. Cheese paper allows cheese to breathe while maintaining optimal humidity.
  2. Wrap bread in a dish towel and put it in a paper bag or use a bread box to keep it fresher longer. Bread actually goes stale faster in the refrigerator than it does at room temperature, so keep it out of the fridge. If you still have some left after a day or two, wrap it up and freeze it for longer-term storage.
  3. Wrap lettuce in aluminum foil to keep it fresh longer. A plastic lettuce storage container will also help, as well as wrapping the head in damp paper towel. The best place to store lettuce is in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator.
  4. Whirlpool brand has refrigerators featuring a Full-Width Temperature-Controlled Pantry drawer that is perfect for helping to keep party platters, meat and cheese trays, and even sheet cakes at their freshest. Maytag brand has a similar Temperature-Controlled Wide-N-Fresh™ Deli Drawer.