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Healthy Guide to Storing Food

Posted on Aug 26, 2014

Maintaining a nutritious diet is essential when trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but there are cases when food is stored inadequately, which can be health threatening for people who already have a weak immunity system. Foods that are not stored properly can develop bacteria and germs that make you more prone to getting sick. First of all, you need to invest money in a high-quality refrigerator than enables you to adjust temperature and humidity, and that can be adapted to accommodate foods according to your needs. In order to find the best unit, you should read a few of the reviews published on There, you will find helpful information that will help you determine which are the features that will help you keep food fresh for longer periods of time. Nevertheless, even if you have a state of the art fridge, you still need to abide by some food storing rules.

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Tips for storing meat

Poultry, seafood and other meat are the most liable to spoilage. Therefore, in order to store these aliments properly, you have to leave them in their original packaging. In case that you want to cook meat the same day you bought it, or the next day, you can keep it in the refrigerator, otherwise, you need to freeze it. Keep in mind that if you intend to store your meat for several months, it is recommended to cut it into pieces and wrap each piece in plastic bags. Also, take note that clams and other live shellfish should not be taken out from their original packaging, not even for a minute, because that would cause them to open, and that is when they are not safe to eat anymore.

Tips for storing dairy products

All dairy products should be kept in the refrigerator, but if you like to buy yogurt, or milk when they are on sale, you can keep them in the freezer, too. The only rule that you need to respect in this case is to put them in freezer-proof glass jars, or bottles, and leave a little space at the top of the container to allow them to expand.

Tips for storing  fruits and vegetables

According to all nutritionists, produce must be refrigerated unwashed, because when they are left wet, they are more prone to spoilage. However, if they have significant amounts of dirt or sand on them, you can rinse them and wrap them in paper towels to allow them to dry entirely. Take note that paper bags trap ethylene gas inside, which has the effect of a maturing agent on fruits like apples, apricots, bananas and avocados. Therefore, if you want your fruits to last longer, you should wrap them loosely in a plastic bag. The same rule applies for vegetables, too.