A complete food storage guide


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Storing your food well should be a priority for you especially if you care about your well being. The following tips will show you how to safely store your food. You can read more by visiting this website below

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A complete food storage guide

  1. 1. http://www.wikihow.com/Store-FoodIt is important for you to know how to store your food properly as aprecautious method against consuming contaminated food.Poorly handled food or poorly stored food can harbor organisms that causefood borne illnesses which are a danger to your health. The following foodstorage guide will help you to properly handle and store your food.Choose the right space for your home food storeIt is important to identify the storage space that you intend to use as yourhome food store. Choose a storage space that is convenient, with sufficientspace for a proper home food store. The following are some of the qualities and conditions that a proper homefood store should have. 1. The store should be cool, dry and dark. The store should be far away from rooms that have other heat sources such as the furnace room, water heaters freezers amongst others. Exposure to direct sunlight will affect the shelf life of the stored foods. This is because such appliances and equipment generate heat which will in turn increase the room temperature affecting your food stuffs. 2. The food home store should be kept dry at all times to avoid creation of moisture which will affect the stored food. 3. The food homes store should be well ventilated at all times. This means that the room that you choose as your home food store should have a good air circulation. 4. Choose a room that is conveniently located near the kitchen to make it easier for you to access the food that you want to prepare.
  2. 2. Classify your foodsThe first order of business when planning on how to store your food is togroup it into different classes (dry foods, fresh foods, liquids among others).Eggs and dairy productsThe eggs and dairy products should be kept in their respective boxes in thefridge.Make sure that you keep the eggs and dairy products far from any strongsmelling foods. This is mainly because the egg shells are porous and can easilyabsorb flavors and smells from other foods in the fridge. All your butter and bread spreads should be kept in their own separatecompartment in the fridge in properly sealed containers.Fresh foods (fruits and vegetables)If you have potatoes, you should keep them in a dry, dark and cool place.Keeping them in a moist environment will cause them to sprout and spoil.This also applies to foods such as onions, garlic and any other fresh foods thatdon’t have to be kept in the fridge.Fruits should be kept in a dry and dark place to avoid speeding up theripening process. If you have some fruits that you want to ripen, then youshould keep them in a plastic bag for a few days as a way of speeding up theripening process.For fresh leafy greens, wash them and dry them thoroughly using a saladspinner. Store them in the fridge in a sealed plastic container on a paper towelbase in order to absorb excess moisture.Tomatoes should be kept out of the fridge in a paper bag in a dry and coolplace for a longer shelf life. You can keep sliced tomatoes in the fridge in atightly sealed plastic container.When you are storing mushrooms in the fridge, remember to keep them inpaper bags as opposed to plastic bags which cause them to become mushy.
  3. 3. Meats, poultry and fishThis goes without saying, all meat products should be kept in the freezercompartment in tightly sealed plastic containers. Avoid storing uncoveredmeat products because this is not hygienic at all. Remember to wash the meat,fish and poultry products well before storage.BeveragesAll your beverages and drinks kept in the fridge should be tightly sealed toavoid contamination. This is crucial in avoiding spills in the fridge making it tolook messy and smelly.Cooking oil, spices and condiments Make sure that you keep your cooking oil in a safe place at all times, giventhat fact that most cooking oil is sold in glass bottles. You can dedicate aplastic container to keep your cooking oil instead of a glass bottle which canbreak easily. Your spices should be kept far from other food stuffs given the fact that theirflavors can be easily absorbed by other foods.Ensure ample air circulation in the fridgeIt is common practice for most people to have so many types of food in theirfridge. This can however cause the fridge to lack ample space for good aircirculation.It is always advisable to use up all the older stock in your fridge before youbuy more food products.Clean any food spills immediatelyIn order to avoid food contamination, you should clean any food that spillswhile in storage. Food spills will often attract unwanted rodents and insectssuch as rats, cockroaches and ants. Make sure that all your food storage spacesare clean at all times.Use proper storage containers
  4. 4. When storing food products, you should make sure that you keep all yourfood items in tightly sealed containers. Dry food stuffs should be kept inplastic or metal based tightly sealed containers to prolong their shelf life. Avoid using plastic containers that previously had chemicals or paint, this isunsafe for human consumption. You should buy empty containers or usecontainers that were previously used in restaurants.Estimate the amount of food that you consume monthly A proper food storage guide should include an estimation of how much foodyou consume monthly. This information will guide you on how much food youshould keep in your home food store.You should also bear in mind when storing food the expiry dates of the foodproducts. Avoid buying too much food that might go to waste or spoil. Buying food in bulk is economical, but buying excess food that you don’t needis not advisable. Buy the right amounts of food that you know you willconsume within a certain to avoid food contamination from expired foodproducts.Take note of the storage life for the food productsIt is important to know the shelf life of the food before storage. This is becausethe food’s shelf life is highly determined by the temperature conditions, lightand moisture levels. When buying food products it is important for you to read the recommendedstorage room temperature and conditions for a prolonged shelf life.The mistakes to avoid with food storage1. Improper storage containers- Make sure that you store your food in tightly sealed containers to prolong the food shelf life and avoid the food from getting contaminated.2. Mixing different foods in storage- Storing different foods that are exposed together is a recipe for contamination and spoilage.
  5. 5. 3. Lack of proper ventilation in the food store- Most food products should be kept in a dark, dry, cool place in order to prolong their shelf life.4. Buying too much than you can consume- You should avoid buying too much food that you will fail to consume before the expiry dates recommended for the different foods in your store.