Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Proper Ways to Store Meat, Seafood and Produce

Food wastage is something we do not want to do especially during these uncertain times. Just think of those people in other parts of the world that are going hungry and here we are, improperly storing our food and making it spoil. 


To avoid this, here are some tips on proper food storage:

Meat, Poultry and Seafood

Raw meat must be thoroughly washed in clean, running water and drained. Place meat, poultry and seafood in resealable plastic bags, like zip lock bags and store them in the bottom shelf of your freezer. You can also have an option to prep a meal by cutting the meat into desired chunk sizes and putting in the marinade. Label the bags and again, store them in the freezer. This would make meal prep a whole lot easier. Don't forget to label them with the date of purchase. Practice the "First In, First Out" rule when deciding what to cook for dinner.

Vegetables

Vegetables can also be stored in zipper bags and kept in the crisper section of your refrigerator. Carrots, cabbage, potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower are examples of such. Some vegetables need to be wrapped in paper towels to absorb excess moisture before storing. Other vegetables can be pre-cooked or blanched and stored in the freezer for use later.

Fruits

The best way to preserve fruits is my making them into jam or preserves, especially if you want to keep seasonal fruits available for the family anytime of the year. However, others would prefer to freeze them. Strawberries, blueberries and raspberries can be frozen and stored for later consumption. 

Resealable plastic bags or zip lock bags do really help a lot is food storage and organizing the contents of your refrigerator. It keeps the food fresh, so wastage is minimal. You can also use it to store left over chips and nuts or trail mix. But its use is not solely for food. You can also use those plastic resealable bags to keep your office drawer organized. Keep pens, paper clips and other small items in them and your drawer will look tidy!

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