Bulk home storage mistakes often have serious consequences: wasted money as well as time, and even life-threatening.
The first factor to consider when it comes to bulk home storage safety is choosing the right food storage container and how long it takes to get food from the table to the refrigerator.
Another factor to consider when it comes to bulk home storage safety is shelf placement. When we buy food from the supermarket and put it in the refrigerator, we should first consider checking the shelf life and what should and should not be stored in the refrigerator. If your fruits and vegetables are spoiling too quickly, it may be because you put them in the wrong place in the refrigerator.
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Here are some of the most common bulk home storage mistakes.
1.Bulk Home Storage Mistakes 1-Storing Food on the Wrong Shelf
An example would be storing raw ground beef over a lettuce salad. The juices from the beef can drip and contaminate the salad, and if you eat a contaminated salad, you’re likely to get food poisoning. There’s an easy way to prevent this — put the meat under the salad.
Foods that require less or no cooking are at the top. Foods that require more cooking should be placed on the bottom. This way, even if the juices from the food drip, they will be killed during the cooking process.
2.Bulk Home Storage Mistakes 2-Store Food Uncovered
Leaving uncovered food in the refrigerator is a dangerous food storage mistake that can lead to cross-contamination. Storing everything in an airtight container will help prolong its life in addition to protecting it from contamination.
If time is tight, at the very least, cover the food with plastic wrap or aluminum foil.
Store Food Uncovered
3.Bulk Home Storage Mistakes 3-Improper Use of Food Storage Containers
Ideally, food should be stored in airtight glass food containers. Unlike plastic, glass containers are microwave and dishwasher safe and are BPA free.
The worst place to store food is in those takeout containers. They’re great for transporting or storing your leftover dinner for lunch the next day, but they’re not reusable multiple times.
Improper Use of Food Storage Containers
4.Bulk Home Storage Mistakes 4-Store Food Before It Cools
It is best not to put the food directly in the refrigerator until the food is completely cooled. After the food is completely cooled, transfer it to a covered container and put it in the refrigerator for long-term storage.
5.Bulk Home Storage Mistakes 5-Refrigerate the Wrong Product
Not all products should be stored in the refrigerator. Melons, tomatoes, onions, potatoes and citrus fruits should not be refrigerated as cold air can affect their taste.
However, fruits like nectarines, peaches, pears, and avocados should be refrigerated when ripe to prevent overripening.
Another common produce storage mistake occurs with apples. Most of us keep them outside, but they should actually be in the fridge.
Refrigerate the Wrong Product
6.Bulk Home Storage Mistakes 6-Keeping the Refrigerator at the Wrong Temperature
Have you noticed that your food often spoils too quickly? The problem may not be where or what you store, but the temperature of the refrigerator itself. Check the thermostats: your refrigerator should be set to no higher than 40°F (aim to stay between 35° and 38°F) and the freezer should be set to below 0°F.
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