Monday, July 1, 2013

The way food is stored is just as important as how you cook it

Storing food properly not only makes it last longer but can also prevent it from spoiling.

Make sure food is stored in the appropriate containers. This can dramatically extend the storage life of the food. A container made for room temperature storage is not going to be good for in the freezer. Use the proper storage container for the job.

Refrigerator Storage    

An important thing to remember when storing food in the fridge is to make

sure the temperature is below 4°c (39°f) and above freezing. Temperatures between 4°c and 64°c are considered the "Danger Zone" since this is the range where food bacteria thrive.

Food should be covers with plastic wrap or put into a container made for the fridge. This keeps the food from drying out and also prevents odors from spoiling the taste.

Freezer Storage    

Storage in the freezer requires the right containers. Use freezer bags or a rigid container made for the freezer. This prevents the food from looking like the ice cubes in your freezer, dry and shriveled. Also remember:

  •     Freezer temperature should be no higher then -5°c.
  •     Squeeze the air out of the cont ainers. This will prevent frost from ruining the food.
  •     Rotate your stock. Use food the has been in the freezer the longest first.
  •     It is helpful to label & date foods to help prevent mystery food.

Room temperature storage    

Storing dry goods and other foods at room temperature takes the proper storage container as well. Food can go stale within a few hours if left open to the air. Store baked goods and breads in a plastic bag or sealed container. Flour, sugar and other baking products should be stored in container that is airtight.

The general rule when trying to store food is to have it in a sealed container. Whether plastic, glass or ceramic the lids should always have a sealed top. Plastic bags with a zip lock are the best for storing cookies or other baking.