When the summer season begins, it increases the temperature and food storage can become a concern. Proper food handling and storage methods need to be followed in order to prevent food poisoning. This will ensure better health promotion and help in disease prevention.
Some food storage tips can be of help especially in the summer
- Store fruits, vegetables, bread, milk and milk products under refrigeration.
- Cook fresh food using fresh material as far as possible. Keep leftover foods to the minimum and store them in the refrigerator. They should be consumed in the next two to three days or else it is better to freeze them.
- Make sure the leftovers foods are properly placed in safe, airtight containers that are sized as per the quantity of food. Increase the setting for better cooling in the refrigerator.
- Frozen foods should be removed and thawed before using. Read the instructions carefully and use the frozen products accordingly.
- Packed foods and drinks often have a limited number of days within which they should be consumed. Read the instructions and follow them properly. For example, if fruit juices or soya milk large tetra packs are to be consumed within 3 to 5 days, stick to their rule.
- Throw away the remaining portion if it is not finished in the suggested timeframe as microbial activities may have started in such products.
- Clean the refrigerator daily to avoid contamination. Avoid overcrowding and consume refrigerated products as early as possible.
- Watch out for puffed packages especially in case of fruit drinks, milk products and soymilk. It is ok to throw away any foods that smell suspicious or different than usual.
- Avoid leaving cooked food in the kitchen and particularly in the sun.
- Make sure you are aware of the quantity of food to be used for a given meal. If you plan to keep the remaining for the next meal, refrigerate it as soon as it cools down. It is better to separate the part to be stored beforehand and keep in another container to avoid contamination during meals.
- Use clean hands and wear a cooking apron while cooking.