Tired of throwing away food that goes bad? Learn what to buy and how to preserve food so that it lasts as long as possible

It is not so difficult. It's all about finding tricks to preserve food for longer, knowing how to organize and store food in the fridge or how to freeze and defrost food in the safest way. Bacterial contamination can occur at any stage of food production. Even before reaching the supermarkets. But it is essential that you know how to preserve food to avoid upset.

Tips for buying food safely

It is very important to carefully read the Expiry dates and avoid buying food that is near the end unless you plan to eat it right away. In the cart, place raw meat and poultry in separate bags of the rest of your purchases. And it never hurts clean and disinfect reusable bags before and after purchase.

Once in the supermarket, the best thing is leave for last shopping for fresh or frozen food. That is always the last, in order that they spend the least time exposed to unsuitable temperatures. Especially in winter. And, obviously, if you go shopping, save the food for last and put it all in the fridge or on the shelves as soon as you get home.

Another interesting tip is throw away dented cans or packages or with torn labels. In the same way, avoid buying fresh fruits and vegetables that are dented or with soft or bruised areas, as they are usually entry points for bacteria.

Tips for Storing Food Safely

The first thing you need to do is make sure your fridge is set up for cool to 4 ° C or less and that the freezer is at least -18 ° C. Store raw meats and poultry in a tightly closed container or plastic bag at lowest shelf from the refrigerator to prevent possible juices from contaminating other foods. And consume the leftovers from the fridge within two or three days.

Another very useful trick is to keep leftover meats and roasts in small pieces and put them in the fridge within two hours since you cooked them. Do not wait more. Put leftovers (and especially high-risk foods like rice, pasta, or soups) in shallow containers to allow them to cool quickly. Don't overload the fridge either, as that can make it difficult for food to cool properly.

Tips for Cooking Food Safely

Food can go bad even when you cook it. Make sure to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after touching raw meat or poultry, using the bathroom, sneezing or coughing, petting an animal, taking out the trash, using your phone, and other activities with the risk of causing contaminated hands.

Always clean kitchen utensils, cutting boards, countertops, and other surfaces thoroughly with warm, soapy water, especially after handling raw meat or poultry. Use only clean dishcloths and scouring pads. And take the ingredients out of the fridge only when you're going to use them. Wash all fresh produce well before peeling or cutting. Water will always be your great ally in the kitchen.

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