Ever read a text on the Internet claiming that you have been doing a certain everyday thing incorrectly? Something along the lines of ”You’ve been peeling bananas wrong your whole life!”, or ”This is how you properly wash hair”. We’ve never been a fan of those. Besides often falling a victim to the Appeal to nature fallacy, there is also a certain arrogance in claiming that your way is the only proper way. Having said that, there are things that can be done in an objectively superior manner. One of them is the way you store perishable food safely. Luckily, the following text will address this matter in detail.
Safely storing perishable food for everyday use
Instead of jamming raw chicken next to a freshly cut salad, opt for a way that will ensure you store perishable food safely, reducing the possibility of cross-contamination to a minimum. What you need are proper containers and the right storing method.
About your container choices
Plastic or paper shopping bags or plastic trash bags ought to be avoided when storing your food is at hand. Certain harmful chemicals or dyes from these bags can leach into the food, contaminate it, and cause rather undesirable issues. If any way possible, try to stick to the food-grade containers exclusively. Such containers are designed specifically to hold food and do not contain any malevolent substances. Also, if it ever crossed your mind, stay away from re-using food containers that are hard to clean or may contaminate stored items. Plastic water bottles and yogurt containers are good examples. Even though they are designed for storing food, re-using these tough-to-clean items is not advisable. Any kind of single-use item should be treated as such, and thus be used only once. Same goes for single-use wooden items. Popsicle sticks and shish kabob skewers are intended for one-time use.
The best location for the packed goods
Just like storage NYC operates under certain rules, in order to keep everything safe and in check, so does your refrigerator. In order to store your perishable food safely, utilize your fridge as follows:
- Meat, poultry, fish, eggs are all at the top of perishable foods. Hence, you should keep them in a refrigerator all the time you are not consuming them. Raw meet ought to stay on the lower shelves, neatly covered, in a bowl or tray to catch any leaks. Separate cooked meat from raw one. Eggs go inside the main part of the fridge where the temperatures are cooler.
- Dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt, etc) should share a place next to the eggs, causing them to last longer, due to the favorable temperatures.
- Condiments can go on the door shelves, being that this is the warmest part of the fridge.
- Vegetables and fruits ought to occupy the space in the bottom drawers.
Store perishable food safely for the move
These guides are fairly easy to follow on a day-to-day basis. However, how does one store perishable food safely at times that differ greatly from your average week? Say that you are relocating to a distant location. Eating all the perishable food you have in store might pose a challenge to most individuals. Sure, renting storage Brooklyn is great for your furniture and fragile items, but storing foods is highly unadvisable, and often prohibited. Still, this is no reason to despair. Few following steps will give you useful ideas regarding your state of affairs:
1. Use or toss
To be clear, moving perishable food with you is possible, but it comes with a limited amount of space. So, it’s best that you choose what you want to carry with you prior to the moving day. Items that are close to the expiration date or nearly empty should either be used (eaten) or tossed. A simple rule of thumb you can follow: only unopened, costly, or fresh food is worth the troubles of transporting.
2. Ship via UPS or FedEx
Or any other company of the sort. Just be aware that they are not liable for spoiled products. Pack the chosen food in an airtight container or sealable plastic bag. Proceed by placing the containers inside a foam box with thicker, insulated walls to maintain the temperature. This is a great time to use those gel coolants or dry ice (for frozen products) to keep the food cold. A word of caution: dry ice placed inside of an airtight container can rupture or cause an explosion. The foam box should then go inside a larger box, ready for shipping. Fill the extra space with bubble wrap or packing paper.
When packing for a move, you are bound to have some leftovers. Seal the box with a quality ducktape and leave a clear label saying “perishable” and “keep refrigerated”. If you so can, pay the extra fee for fast delivery, in order to ensure your food won’t spoil.
3. A convenient cooler
If you plan on having a local move, a cooler might be your go-to option. Everything that can leak or spill should be carefully sealed in an airtight container or plastic bag. The order by which you store perishable food safely in a cooler is as follows:
- first go bags of ice or ice packs
- refrigerated items should go next
- finishing up with the frozen products on the top
Contrary to some people’s beliefs, the more items you pack – the better. This will ensure that the low temperature is maintained for as long as possible. Additionally, make sure to pack the cooler last, so that you can reach as promptly after your arrival. Safe trip and bon appétit!