The Importance of Proper Food Storage


by Sil Pancho



Appropriately stored food is important and though, it is an easy task if the amount of food is less, but how exactly do you store food in larger quantities? Understanding proper storage techniques will not only aid in retaining freshness, but can also eliminate wastefulness, reduce the risk of contamination and unnecessary spending.

Before you can think about how to properly store your food, it is vital to ascertain that is in good condition. This is especially true, if you intend on storing foods for a long period of time. Packaging can be a great help in maintaining quality and freshness. Purchase canned or vacuum sealed goods when you can. For meats such as beef, chicken, seafood, turkey, poultry and game, use or freeze it before the specified date on the packaging.

If space is a problem, don’t purchase more than you can store. Make a list before heading to the store to avoid impulse buys or redundant food. Label and seal your loose food items – such as rice, cereals and pastas – in bags and air-tight containers. Store your canned goods in boxes or bins and keep them in an area that is cool and free of moisture. You can be ready to cook up some healthy, tasty meals just by following these basic steps.

Correct food storage is important to avoid spoiling. It will not only save you money, but it can keep food from becoming contaminated and thus making you or your loved ones seriously ill. Different foods have different storage requirements, always check the packaging for dates and storage instructions and be aware of the variety of food storage options available at your local market.

Perhaps the most common choice for food storage is plastic storage bags. Often freezer-proof, they can be simple sandwich bags without a seal or they could have a zipper- or press-seal to keep the air out. There are also specially designed bags for fruit and vegetable storage which allow some air into the bag. Fruits and vegetables can last for up to six weeks in such bags.

Another popular option is plastic storage containers. There are some that are designed to withstand extremes of heat and cold, and you should choose carefully according to your needs. There are various shapes and sizes, some with compartments which can be particularly helpful when preparing foods in advance for later consumption. They are made for both domestic and commercial use and typically made to be microwave and dishwasher safe. Some containers are made to be disposable after a few uses, this is important to note because some plastics can release chemicals into foods after a while. Again, read your labels carefully.

The arch enemy of healthy, fresh food is air. Air can quickly deteriorate your food, but there are options to combat this particular villain. Vacuum sealers remove air and leave an airtight seal. Your choices for food storage are numerous, however if you make informed choices about storing your goods, you’ll waste less food, spend less money and be a lot happier in the end.

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