As I awls said the kitchen is the heart and centre of the home but most important thing in kitchen is to taking care of food .Temperature, light, and oxygen can all impact food’s flavour, texture, and shelf life. If something is not packaged or stored correctly, the end result can be disastrous for your meal. So you need to be very careful while storing your food .here are some tips how to store your food.
1. Never Use Plastic container to store your food use glass container :
There has been a lot of publicity in recent years regarding bisphenol A, or BPA. This chemical is found in plastics and is banned in some cases in various countries and a few states, particularly for its use in baby bottles and other child-related items. The FDA very recently decided not to ban the chemical’s use in the U.S.
There’s no conclusive evidence of BPA’s effects on the human body, but it has-been shown to act like the sex hormone estrogens and lead to adverse developmental effects in animal models such as mice.
2. Never reheat food in plastic
Even if your food containers are labeled as one of the safe plastics, always transfer food to a glass or china dish before reheating in the microwave. All plastics contain possible harmful chemicals, and when heated, those chemicals can leech onto the food that is next to them. Take-out containers are one of the worst culprits when it comes to plastics that contain toxic elements, so never reheat food in those containers.
3. Best Storage Techniques
Pasta, rice, beans, and grains are cost-effective food items to buy in bulk and to store. Sugar, flour, and other dry baking ingredients also are best purchased in bulk.
After purchasing, take the food from the original packaging and store it in an air-tight container. Place the container in a cool, dark, and dry place. You might also try purchasing food-grade plastic pails and gamma lids to hold these dry foods for long periods of time.
If you don’t plan to eat the meat you purchase within a week, then freeze it. Additionally, if you buy more than you need for one meal cut the meat and freeze small pieces individually. This way, when it’s time to cook the food you won’t need to defrost the entire lot; you can simply take what you need and keep the rest frozen.
Leftover meats can be frozen for two to three months while whole, uncooked cuts of meat can be frozen for up to a year. To avoid freezer burn, wrap pieces of meat in either foil and/or plastic wrap multiple times and store in an air tight container or bag.
When cooked food is stored it loses moisture, so keep in mind that all food will dry out over time. Keep stored food away from sunlight and tighten packaging so there is no air circulating near the food. Most leftover cooked foods need to be eaten within a week unless they are frozen.
4. What Not to Do When Storing Food
- While a food may be stored correctly, that doesn’t mean it will taste good after a certain period of time. Always write the date on the container and eat the food within a year (sometimes sooner).
- When freezing, do not keep meat in its original packaging, since it is not air tight.
- Don’t allow foods to defrost on a counter. Keep them in the refrigerator until one hour before cooking. After cooking, refrigerate food within two hours.
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