Food Storage; Purpose and Guidelines
The storage of food is very much important. Almost every society has learned to store foods for their future needs.
There are certain proper ways in storing foods; these should be ensured to be able to avoid the risk of food poisoning.
Different varieties of foods have different ways of storing. Some of the foods can be stored in the fridge so that it can be eaten in the future time. Some other foods especially the raw can be stored in the room temperature; however, foods have limitations as long as preservation is concern.
Foods are stored to be able to prepare in the periods of scarcity. It is also stored to be able to take advantage to the short term surplus of food in the time of the harvest.
Foods are also stored for the preparation of the special events as well as on the special occasions. It is also stored to be able to prepare for the time of catastrophe and emergency.
In the preparation the food, it is important to keep it in a clean dry and well-ventilated environment. Dry goods should be in the temperature fifty to seventy degrees Fahrenheit.
All the products should be stored and kept from at least six inches away from the floor. It should also be ensured that the raw food products are kept away from the walls in order to avoid the easy access of insects and rodents.
Cleanliness is also an important factor. The floor in the storage room or storage area should be regularly swept. The shelves should be washed regularly; this must be done to avoid the accumulation of dust and dirt.
The rotation of the stock is an important. FIFO or first in and first out should be observed to ensure that the first food that was stored is the first to be consumed.
The refrigerators where most of the foods are kept should always be cleaned.
Do not store non-food and food items in one place; separate areas should be used in order to prevent the possibility of contamination.
It is important to throw away the foods that are already infested, foods that are discolored, foods that smells bad, or have bulging or leak containers as well as those rusty and have molds.
Another is to observe the ratio of storage and consumption; it is important to store the right amount of food in accordance with the time of its consumption. It is advised to store foods that are best to be consumed within sixty days