Proper Food Storage when using a vacuum sealer
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30 July 2007
Proper Food Storage Proper storage of food is very important for your health and it depends on you to provide proper storage solutions at home. It also plays an important part in reducing the risk of food poisoning. Some food needs to be stored in the fridge and consumed within a specific time span. On the other hand there are some items like canned food, pulses and flour that can last much longer and can be stored at room temperature. Even dried foods have a limited storage time. So make sure that you know all the storage instructions related to the place and time, before storing any eatables. Storing large amounts of food will need more space and since food starts getting spoilt quickly, you should find the right solutions for food storage to save money. Always purchase food that is fresh, especially if you wish to store it. This is applicable for fruits and vegetables that perish fast. Fresh farm produce can be purchased and placed or canned in vacuum sealing, to keep it fresh much longer. Storage of food is a considered to be a traditional domestic skill and is of great importance industrially. You can store food for several purposes. It can be done to prepare for famine or scarcity of food, for taking advantage of short-term surplus of food, to enable a balanced diet throughout the year, preparation for several events or even planning for an emergency. You need to treat and handle food in way so that there is no spoilage and foodborne illness that results on account of the storage. When you buy food from the grocery, there are some guidelines that you need to follow for the food to remain safe from any microorganisms. Always defrost and wash out the refrigerator at least three times a week and make sure that you clean any spillage immediately. Before storing food, clean the larder, cupboards and pantry. You should keep checking for signs of mice, ants, cockroaches or any other pests, on a regular basis. Avoid shelving against the wall in the kitchen and keep a space of thirty centimeters, so that it is easy for you to identify the trail of mice, if present. Food that can perish fast should not be kept in the larder, but the fridge like milk, meats and cheese. Cleaning equipment and chemicals should be kept out of the storage place. Place them in a separate cupboard and lock it. Storage space for keeping food should be designed in a manner so that it stands against the interior walls only. This will ensure that the space will always be dry and cool. There should be no drainage or water pipes running through storage spaces. The supplies should be rotated thoroughly. Always remember to store eggs and vegetables in a separate storage area, but failing that keep the root vegetables at the bottom of the refrigerator in suitable closed containers. There are special storage solutions available in the market, which allow the veggies to breathe and remain fresh. Before beginning food storage, you need to assess your needs, depending on the size of your family. When you go shopping, check for the expiry date on the food package. Purchase food in bulk only when you can consume it within the recommended period of time. Try and buy food that is at the correct temperature, for instance, dairy products should always be cold, while cooked products like chicken should be hot. Keep the cold perishables in the freezer. Once opened, food can be either stored in a foil, leak proof plastic bag, plastic wrap or an airtight container, so that it is safe from drying out or getting contaminated. It is best to store food after vacuum packing it. It is a method to store food and prevent it from getting contaminated. Some food items can be stored in a vacuum environment like an airtight bottle or bag. The vacuum environment will eliminate the free moisture and oxygen that makes the bacterial growth easy. This method can be used for storing cereals, cured meats, nuts, smoked fish and cheese. It can also be used to store fresh food items like freshly picked vegetables, meats and liquids like water and soup. You can use vacuum sealers to vacuum pack your food. There are various models of good quality vacuum sealers available in online stores and shops in UK. The Vacuum sealer is an appliance that sucks out air from food packets and containers and seals it. This is done to avoid oxidation because in this process there are chances of moisture and oxygen triggering a chemical reaction that can result in the deterioration and spoilage of food items. So make sure that you buy a good vacuum sealer and accessories like compatible rolls, compatible food saver bags to keep the food stored safely.
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