Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Food Storage 101 : Where and How to Keep Your Food Properly

Food storage is as important in any kitchen as food handling, and knowing where to properly place your ingredients can help reduce your kitchen waste and help you save money, too. You’ll also be helping the environment by doing so. Additionally, proper storage is vital for food safety, and improper storage is as much to blame for cross contamination that happens as a result of food poor preparation.

The kitchen and dining area certainly has plenty of spaces where your food items can be stored. But if you’re still unsure about correct food storage, follow this guide:

The Refrigerator

The temperature of a high-quality refrigerator remains generally constant, so it’s the perfect place to store ingredients and food items that cannot be kept on the counter top. 
Meat that you intend to consume within 4 days, as well as fish that you plan on cooking in 2 days, can be kept in the coldest part of the refrigerator. Meanwhile, pies that contain eggs should be covered and stored in the refrigerator, along with certain herbs and yeast.

The Freezer
In the freezer, you’ll want to keep the items that can spoil when not kept in very low temperatures. These include your meats, fish, frozen stock, pies and pie crusts, cakes wrapped in plastic wrap and then tin foil, citrus zest, and coffee, among others. Do mind how long they’re being kept in the freezer, though. Also, make sure that they are properly kept in containers that prevent their juices from leaking.

The Pantry
Here you’ll want to keep your spices and nuts, which should be stored in air-tight containers when possible so that they will be able to maintain the right moisture level. Dry good are also stored in the pantry, and they can generally last for up to six months unopened - sometimes even longer, depending on the best before date printed on them. Once opened, though, the contents should be transferred to an air-tight container to ensure its freshness, and might need to be stored in cooler temperatures, such as those in the refrigerator or freezer.

The Counter
Alliums such as onions, garlic, and shallots can be kept on the counter provided that they’re stored in a cool and dry place. Fruits such as bananas and melons, vegetables like potatoes, tomatoes, and winter squash can be displayed out on the counter. Additionally, you can also keep bread, cakes, and pies out unless they come with specific instructions to be kept in the refrigerator.

An important thing to remember is that storing food in the right temperature can inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria, which can cause illnesses when ingested. To be very certain about correct storage, you can also check the label on the food item. By correctly storing the stuff that you eat, you’ll not only be taking care of your health, you’ll also be saving money and lessening food wasting.

What are your thoughts on properly storing food to save money and keep your family safe? Do you have certain way you store your produce, bread or other groceries to keep them fresh longer? Share your ideas below with a comment!

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