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Storage Facts To Store Your Food Properly

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People who have large families or shop o



n a budget often buy in bulk. The tricky thing about buying in bulk is how to store the excessive stuff. If you are in the habit of storing food or want to start, here are some great storage facts that will help you to a great extent.  


 


Food Storage Facts


Refrigeration/Freezing


  • To stop bacterial growth, refrigerator temperature must be set at 40°F or colder. Freezers should be set at 0°F or colder.

  • Foods remaining constantly frozen will stay good as long as they are in that state

  • Foods needing refrigeration, right after purchase from the super market or after a meal should be popped into the fridge immediately.

  • Foods that are left outside for more than couple of hours after consumption will have to be tossed due to bacterial growth that will happen.

  • If a particular food is going to take more than a couple of hours to defrost, thaw it out to maintain their temperature below 40°F.


 


Shelf Storage


  • Stock up canned foods and other shelf-stable goods in a cool, dry place, away from extreme temperature.

  • High-acid foods, like tomatoes and other fruit, can be shelved up to one and a half years; low-acid foods like meat and vegetables, up to two to five years. High acid foods can result in the corrosion of the lining of the can but as long as it is the can isn’t ruined, the food should be good to eat.

  • Botulin is a fatal toxin that can thrive in improperly canned foods results in a highly morbid condition called Botulism. Never eat canned goods without inspecting them after opening the tin. Puffed tins must be promptly discarded. According to the USDA, leaking, or roughly dented cans; splintered jars or jars with unfastened lids; canned food with a nasty odor; or any container that squirts liquid when opening are unsafe.


 


Dating the Product


The United States does not utilize a countrywide food dating system; it is only practiced in about 20 states. Where food dating is enforced, you’ll generally find these dates:


  • “Sell-By” lets the store know how long to put the product out on the shelf. Purchase the good before the date expires.

  • “Best if Used By (or Before)” is recommended for optimal flavor or quality.

  • “Use-By” is the final date advised for the use of the food while at its best quality. This is not a safety date. Even if the date goes by while stored at home, it can probably be consumed if stored properly.  


 


With these great storage facts I have just mentioned, remember to keep food away safely and stay healthy.


 


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