Follow the following guidelines for safe and proper storage of food, after a wholesale purchase or after a festive dinner:
1. Food shelf
When placing food on shelves, the shelf should be in a cool, dry place. In addition, many foods should not be exposed to direct light. Temperatures should be kept at 70 degrees. F or less. All food must be kept in an airtight container. Food can be stored in the original packaging if it has not been opened. Otherwise, it is better to use a clean, clean container with an airtight lid.
2. Storage of chilled food
Some people have an extra refrigerator just to keep food chilled. This is convenient because you can keep leftovers for a few days without food hindering everyday things like milk and eggs.
Refrigerator temperatures must be set between 33 ° C. F and 40 degrees. F for maximum food safety. It is easy to check the temperature by keeping a thermometer in the refrigerator. To store chilled food, wrap it in foil, plastic wrap, plastic bag or seal it in airtight containers.
3. Store the food in a freezer
Freezing temperatures should be kept at 0 degrees. Pro or under and like a refrigerator, it’s a good idea to leave a thermometer in the freezer so you can regularly check that the temperature is set correctly. Meals or food must be frozen in containers intended only to be stored in the freezer. Wrapping food properly before freezing is the best way to prevent freezing.
It is also best to label the outside of the food package with the current date and use the approximate time tables below to determine how long you can store food in the freezer:
Raw meat: 6 to 12 months
Fresh poultry: 6 to 12 months
Fish and shellfish: if already purchased frozen, from 6 to 12 months
Wild: if it is purchased fresh or brought home fresh after hunting, it can be frozen for up to 3 months. Note: if you have a freezer, you can freeze the freshly slaughtered game for up to a year without losing the taste.
Boiled meat and leftovers: 2 to 3 months
Smoked meat: 1 to 2 months
Types of food storage containers
Vacuum food sealers keep food fresh in the refrigerator, freezer and on a shelf in the pantry for longer. LEM heat sealers are perfect and convenient for the home butcher to seal fresh meat after hunting. Vacuum food packaging machines are designed to remove all air from the packaging before the bag is sealed.