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How To Keep Food Fresh And Tasty

By Brian Schwartz

Everyone knows that if you want to keep foods fresh, then you must have a refrigerator. The question is, what is the ideal temperature to keep the foods as fresh and tasty as possible? The best temperature to conserve your food is between 34 to 40 degrees.

It is equally as important for safety reasons that foods such as leftovers are refrigerated as soon as possible. You should never reheat foods that were left out for extended periods of time thinking that cooking will destroy the bacteria, if you did, well you thought wrong, the bacteria can actually grow to dangerous numbers and can produce toxins that are resistant to heat, not even boiling will kill this type.

Below you will find some tricks for keeping foods fresh:

- You must keep the food you store away from areas such as ovens, water pipes or dishwashers. Hot places are not good to store food, so if you have a room that does not get much sun, then this would be ideal. This room should be dark and relatively cold so that the food keeps fresh. 50-70 degress is the ideal.

- Try to keep the food in your pantry within a reachable height so they are constantly in site.

- These are the food that are good frozen: berries, soups, meats, breads and poultry.

- Foods that do not do well when frozen are: dairy products, eggs, and vegetables

- Cut leftovers into small portions before freezing, they will freeze much quicker, and thaw more easily

- Also, you should always put a date on the foods you freeze so that when you go to pick them up again, you know if they were frozen for long or not.

- Some refrigerators allow you to see the temperature. If that is your case, then make sure that the temperature inside the refrigerator is always around zero degrees. If your refrigerator does not allow you to see the temperature, then you can use a thermometer.

- Another advice would be for you to check the seals on your refrigerator and make sure that they are air tight.

Proper Thawing

Common methods such as leaving frozen meat on a counter tops, or putting frozen chicken under warm water can lead to many types of food-borne illnesses. Leaving food on counter tops in an environment that is warmer than 40 degrees but cooler than 140 degrees can multiply bacteria quickly. Additionally, the exterior of the meat that is already thawed will start growing bacteria buy the time the center is fully thawed. Keeping chicken under running warm water is equally as dangerous because you can splash contaminated water onto countertops, and nearby foods. The three recommended thawing options are; refrigerator thawing, cold water thawing in a sealed leak proof package or container, and microwave thawing.

These tips will help your foods stay fresh, as well as keep you safe.

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Schwartz, Brian "How To Keep Food Fresh And Tasty." How To Keep Food Fresh And Tasty. 19 Aug. 2010. 7 Aug 2014 <>.

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