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Let’s face it folks, we all need to be able to store food, be that in the short term or even for longer periods of time. To do this we use a whole range of different methods to get the job done. We use bags, cans, jars, freezer bags and even Tupperware to make sure we can keep our food stored in the best ways possible.

Most people will agree that proper food storage is essential to the well-being of everyone in the family. With a little extra knowledge on the basics of successful food storage, you can ensure that you keep your family safe. It will also help make your food budget last a great deal longer and that is always a good thing.

Below we will take a look at some tips and techniques that can pay big dividends if you follow them through.

Storing Food – The Right Way

As I mentioned at the start, food storage is best done if you look at it from both the  long and short term perspectives.

Long Term Food Storage

tins of sardinesWhen out shopping if you can buy in bulk such things as canned and preserved foods, in a good variety, then these will keep a long time and are ideal in the unlikely event of issues such as emergencies.

These are things like natural disasters, being laid off work or even times when work is only temporary. It is important always to try and have something to fall back on if times start to get hard financially.

We would recommend that when doing your regular shopping, spend around 10% of your budget towards these types of items. The type of things we are talking about is canned fish like salmon and tuna, dried beans, tinned fruits and other products like flour, rice, and nuts.

When it comes to short term foods we discovered these produce saver sheets which are great for extending the life of fruit and other vegetables around the home. They are a great little buy and will add a few days to the normal shelf life of fruit and veg.

How To Store Food Safely?

When storing any type of food that is perishable, pay attention to your food storage methods to avoid as much waste as you can. However, both long and short term food storage requires safe methods and containers.

Containers

Always store bulk foods, such as rice, flour and dried beans in plastic or tin containers to protect against dampness and insects. Whole grains, such as wheat germ or wheat flour should be stored in the fridge or freezer. Canned goods are best stored above the ground in a dry location.

It is important to constantly rotate your canned stock with your most recent purchases at the back. They do this every day in the supermarkets and you should do it at least once a month in your own home. A fast way to do this is to put a label on top of the tin and write clearly the end of life date. That will save you hours of time trying to read those sill labels that many of the manufacturers use.

We have all discovered perishable foods such as that bit of egg salad from last week’s lunch in a sorry state of waste. An easy way to avoid that happening is to store these in small date-marked containers on a designated shelf. This will allow you to see at a glance what should be used soon.

Vacuum Sealing Your Food

Foodsaver Automated Vacuum Sealing SystemAnother great way of storing food is to use a vacuum sealer. These are really useful gadgets and can extend the length of any food stored inside them. I use my own machine on a regular basis.

There was a little bit of an initial investment. That said I know that I have saved a lot of money over the years by using one of these. Most people will know that if you want to keep food fresh, then sealing it inside an airtight bag, is a great way of achieving that.

These are also pretty easy to use and are great for storing food in a freezer, to be used as and when you need to.

I have reviewed those in detail and you can read about those by clicking here.

The Herb & Spices Store

If you are anything like me and you love to cook, then a variety of herbs and spices in your kitchen are an essential. They are however expensive, but indispensable to varied and interesting menus. Buy in quantities you will use in six months and store in a cool, dark location to maintain freshness.

Ideally I would recommend growing your own in small pots outside to always have a fresh supply. Hopefully you have found these quick tips helpful. If you put the dates on food I can assure you that you will throw less food out, and also save yourself a great deal of time.

About the author 

Enda

I enjoy cooking and love using a whole variety of small kitchen appliances. On this website, I review many of the best kitchen gadgets that are fun to own, and even more fun to use.

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