Tips For Stocking Up
Learning all the different methods for batch cooking, canning, preserving and pickling, and freezing is important but it is equally important to know how to store those foods afterwards. There are four factors – temperature, moisture, atmosphere and container choice – that affect food storage. You must be aware of these four factors when looking to gain the optimum results for your efforts:
Cooking food according to the recommended temperature is the safest way to ensure bacteria or other contaminants are not a subject of concern. Prior to cooking food, however, you need to be certain that the food you are buying is kept in the proper section of your local grocery store or market and that it is kept at the proper temperature. Before purchasing food, check the date on the label to ensure that it is not past its freshest due date. Also, if you are purchasing a frozen item check to see that it is not semi-defrosted or too frozen, which may subject it to freezer burn.
Check your refrigerator and freezer for the appropriate recommended manufacturer setting and keep it at the highest setting recommended to avoid spoilage or over freezing. A refrigerator or freezer thermometer that you purchase separately is an item I recommend keeping on hand to check the temperature inside both of these appliances from time to time.
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