Gone are the days of daily kitchen labour when people had enough time on their hands to buy fresh fruits and vegetables every single day. When used the right way, the art of storing food can help you maintain healthy home food eating habits with minimum effort any day, any time. Right behind the recently packed food items in your snack drawer, lie foods which you probably wouldn’t even recognize anymore. Ideally, a kitchen helps you in storing your groceries safely and hygienically. So what’s the secret behind stocking healthy fast food at home? Here are our top tips to show you how you can store groceries at home neatly and healthily.
Storing facts you must not ignore
1. Freezing to 0 degrees Fahrenheit leaves microbes inactive, but it does not destroy them completely.
2. Stop smells of other foods transferring to and from your kitchen item or items.
3. Food items when left unattended can breed bacterias and can also lead to spoiling their taste and texture.
4. Prevent loss of moisture in your grocery items.
5. Cool the hot food first, before freezing them. This can be done by placing the pan of hot food in a large container containing ice or ice water. To speed up the process, stir the food.
6. Label the freezer bags or containers with the dates- even if you have to use the food in a day or two.
7. Make sure you wash your fruits and vegetables before stirring them. This will help in getting rid of contaminants.
8. Also make sure that the raw and cooked items don’t come in close contact with each other as it reduces their shelf life.
9. Use small containers in order to freeze the food quickly to avoid bacteria growth. Each container’s capacity can be up to 4 quarts and the food item to be frozen must be, ideally, less than 3 inches thick.
10. One of the most important rules when storing food items is to leave no air possible inside the container or the freezer bag. This will help in keeping your food fresh for a longer period of time.
11. When storing meats and baked goods, it is essential to wrap them securely with foil, before placing them in the refrigerator. Wrap them in plastic or Styrofoam and make sure to use them within one month of purchase.
12. Place the food items in the coldest part of the freezer i.e. in the deep end, until the food is completely frozen.