Food Storage Tips #4

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Proper food storage helps to preserve the quality and nutritional value of the foods you purchase, and also helps make the most of your food dollar by preventing spoilage. Additionally, proper food storage can help prevent foodborne illnesses caused by harmful bacteria.

Food Selection
Buy food from reputable producers or retailers, with a known record for safe handling. Select dated products only if the “sell by” or “use by” date has not expired. While these dates are helpful, they are reliable only if the food has been kept at the proper temperature during storage and handling.

Food Storage
To retain quality and nutritive value, stock only the kinds and amounts of food you can store properly. Proper storage means maintaining a clean refrigerator and freezer. Avoid overcrowding the refrigerator. Arrange items so cold air can circulate freely. To reduce dehydration and quality loss, use freezer wrap, freezer-quality plastic bags, or aluminum foil over commercial wrap on meat and poultry that will be stored in the freezer for more than two months.

Source: http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/foodnut/09310.html

There are many ways to organize your freezer. Below are some tips.

How to organize NORMAL freezer

How to organize CHEST freezer

There are more guides on food life span: refrigerator & freezer storage chart – simple and elaborate version.

I hope this information will be put to good use. Remember, these are just recommended guidelines. If you have a better and more efficient food storage method, by all means continue with it and share with us.

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