Most of us just stick our leftover food in the refrigerator and expect it to last for ages. Or worse yet, we even forget to cover our groceries and keep them in the wrong place, paving way for bacteria to form and contaminate our food which we have to end up throwing away. This can lead to serious health problems in the long run such as food poisoning.
Another consequence of improper storage is so much food being wasted, which otherwise could have been utilized. In fact, on an average, Malaysians waste enough food to feed 12 million people per day. These statistics emphasize the importance of food preservation and the dire need for food safety hacks more than ever.
There are several factors to consider before storing your food, for e.g. temperature, that should ideally be 0 degrees in the freezer, and below 40 degrees in the refrigerator, whereas moisture should not exceed 10% for foods that need to be stored for a long time. Other factors to consider include where the food is stored, as some containers may carry chemicals that can be transferred to your food and if consumed, can be hazardous to your health. Moreover, food should never be stored in direct sunlight as this can have diverse effects such as loss of Vitamin A, B₂ and C, and discolouration of pigments.
Keeping these factors in mind, let’s take a look at some tips on how to store our food better to ensure a healthier lifestyle.
Fresh herbs last longer if kept in a dry place. In fact, there are several ways to dry your herbs at home, which will last you throughout the season. If you live near busy areas such as g residence kuchai lama, g residence kl, pantai hillpark for rent, or mont kiara condo, then make sure to dry your herbs indoors in a warm and dry place, as they tend to collect dust, dirt and attract insects outside. This is especially important for herbs with low levels of moisture such as sage, thyme, oregano and parsley etc. Let your herbs dry for up to 3 weeks, but don’t forget to check up on them regularly.
On the other hand, herbs with higher levels of moisture such as basil and tarragon , should not be hung as they tend to catch mold fast. For these options, you can opt to dry them using a dehydrator, or you can microwave or refrigerate them.
Some berries such as strawberries, blackberries, and huckleberries need to be washed immediately before being refrigerated, in order to remove any dirt and debris. This is especially important if you live in city areas like g residence desa pandan, which are more prone to dust.
However, other berries such as raspberries, blueberries, and grapes should only be rinsed before eating as their outer layer tends to soak up liquid at a faster rate, making them prone to bacteria. In order to make your berries last even longer and kill bacteria immediately, rinse them using diluted vinegar.
3. Apples and Potatoes
Potatoes should always be stored in the cupboard or pantry, and away from onions as both release moisture and gases, which cause the other to spoil faster. On the other hand, storing potatoes next to apples can stop potatoes from developing sprouts early. Potatoes should also never be kept in direct sunlight or cold environments, whereas apples should always be kept in sealed plastic bags to retain their crunchy skin.
4. Preserve Leftovers
Cut down on wastage by making your food last longer through proper storage. If you have extra sauce, or salsa leftover from last night’s pasta, freeze and seal it in an air-tight jar, instead of sticking it directly into the fridge. This will stop the growth of bacteria and mold, and can easily be used again for another dish. Not all frozen food has to be unhealthy!
You can also store your cut up fruits and vegetables inside glass jars, and place a paper towel beneath to soak up excess moisture. This will ensure your fruits stay fresh for a long period.
Invest in a bread box to store your bread, and avoid keeping it in the refrigerator as this will cut its lifespan drastically by making it more susceptible to mold. Bread boxes will help retain your bread’s moisture, while simultaneously making sure its corners remain crispy for up to 4 days.
Bread boxes and other storage supplies can be found at any Cold Storage outlet, near KL properties such as G Residence, Seni Mont Kiara, and Pantai Hillpark. To look for all the available properties, you can head over to Edgeprop.
Keep these food storage hacks in mind the next time you go grocery shopping, or even the next time you decide to cook a delicious meal. Not only will you save up on money by purchasing less food in the future, but you can avoid wastage and ensure safer eating habits while simultaneously utilizing all the space in your fridge!
Check out the video below for more information regarding food storage: