Storing food can always be a frustrating problem, especially if you are a sucker for fresh food.You may have been greeted with the disappointing site of rotting food in your refrigerator or pantry a number of times. In spite of the care taken, stored food inevitably rots and eventually gets thrown out. For those who could do well with some storage tips, here are a few:
As soon as you bring cilantro or coriander leaves home, keep them upright in a glass of warm water. Later cover the roots with paper and then store them in the refrigerator. Avoid washing the leaves before storing.Store potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, and garlic in a cool, dark, well-ventilated place. You can put an apple with the potatoes to prevent them from budding. Make sure that you change the apple every week.
To retain the flavor of tomatoes, store them outside the refrigerator until they are cut. Except for Eggplants and capsicums, put your vegetables in plastic bags and then store them in the vegetable crisper in your refrigerator. This will prevent the loss of moisture and nutrients.To keep carrots fresh cut the tops off and pack them in plastic bags before keeping them in the vegetable crisper. Mushrooms should be packed in Paper bags before being refrigerated.
Most fruits do well outside the fridge. But Apples and berries should always be refrigerated, so that the crispness of the fruit is preserved. On the other hand, bananas should never be stored in refrigerators as their skins become black. Citrus fruits can be kept at room temperature unless it is very hot.If you have cut a fruit already, then to preserve it add a few drops of lime juice before returning it to the fridge.
Storing Dairy and Products
For diary products it is very important to check the manufacturing date before you purchase them. Make sure that you don’t buy milk which will expire in two to three days and once purchased, refrigerate them immediately.Always keep meat and fish in the coldest part of your fridge. Uncooked food should not come in contact with cooked food. Storing eggs in the cartons they come in. this prevents the loss of moisture.
While preparing food try to eat leave it outside the fridge for the least amount of time. Leftovers should be returned to the fridge as quickly as possible. To retain the freshness of flour, semolina and gram flour store them in the refrigerator. Even the freshness of coffee powder can be retained if you store them in the refrigerator in plastic bags.
Check your shelves for items are near expiration or that already expired to avoid any poisoning. Store these food items away from your cleaning products, make sure that cabinets for your chemicals are far from your food storage to avoid any contamination.Also, make sure its out of the reach of your children.
Food storage is one thing to ensure the overall health and safety of your family so you better practice extreme caution. Follow these tips and you are well on your way towards survival and good health.