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Better Fooding – Tips & Tricks for Correct Food Storage!

“Annam Bramha, Raso Vishnu, Pakto Devo Maheshvarha, Evam jnaktva tu yo bhunkte, anna dosho na lipyate.” The above quote in Sanskrit correlates food with the Hindu God trinity. It means that the creative energy in the food is Bramha. The nourishing energy is Vishnu. The transformation of food into consciousness is Shiva. If an individual understands this then any impurities in the food you eat will never become a part of you. However, correct food storage is imperative for the food to be in a consumable state. This is where sustainable fooding at home, especially within the kitchen, finds its relevance.

Here are some time-tested tips and tricks for the same:

Buying Process: Plan the menu for an entire week and then accordingly do the grocery and vegetable shopping. This allows one to cook with fresh ingredients.

Cook as per the need. Do not irresponsibly cook a large amount of food and then waste or leave the scope of storing it in the refrigerator.

Post bringing to home: Sanitize any food item brought from outside before storing. Washing with hot water is helpful to decontaminate products that are in plastic bags or wraps.  For paper bound food products, let them sit in sunlight for about a day and then store.

Storage in Refrigerator: Sustainable fooding at home
Storage in Refrigerator: Sustainable fooding at home

Refrigeration Best Practices:

  • Ideally, the refrigerator should have a temperature maintained between 2- 4 degrees Celsius (35-39 °F). While for the deep freezer the temperature has to be set in between -18 to -15 degrees Celsius (-0.4 to 5 °F).
  • Bimonthly, clean the refrigerator and the trays from inside with a soap solution.
  • Perishable items like fruits, vegetables, dairy items, raw non-vegetarian items, eggs and of course the cooked food items can stay fresh from 3 to 7 days in refrigerated conditions.
  • Designate racks in the refrigerator for arranging things. Define the product category like dairy, greens etc. and arrange the same together. inside the drawer and so on. This ensures the smells of varied food items do not mix.
  • Store eggs in the same boxes as they come from the market after proper sanitization.
  • Non-vegetarian food of all types should be stored in the freezer. Seafood preferably should be stored in a separate icebox and then kept inside the freezer.
  • Always cover the containers of cooked food items when stored inside the refrigerator.
Dry Food Storage: Sustainable fooding at home
Dry Food Storage: Sustainable fooding at home

Dry Food Storage Sustainable Fooding at Home:

  • Arrange non-perishable food items on the shelves in air-tight containers.
  • Containers, where the dry food is stored, should be cleaned regularly to avoid germs, rodents and unwanted pests.
  • For stacking dry ingredients the same principle as that of retailers should be used. This means that the products having earlier manufacturing & expiry dates should be stored in front to be used first.
  • Dry foods should not be stored near microwave as exposure to heat might age them faster.

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Quick guide for storing some daily used staples, fruits & veggies:

  • For storing any kind of flour, it highly advisable to store in small quantities and not more subject to consumption.
  • Wrap banana’s stem with a cling film to make it last longer.
  • Grow and store Coriander and other green vegetables in a deep dish filled with water inside the refrigerator.
  • Cut the top part of root vegetables like carrot, beetroots etc. for making it last longer.
  • Keep onions and potatoes separately. In an open, dry space. Same is with garlic.
  • Keep dry fruits in airtight containers and then in the refrigerator.
  • Fresh fruits like strawberries, apricot, grapes, and green onions that age faster have to be stored in the fridge as soon as possible to prevent spoilage.
  • Do not refrigerate pomegranate, oranges ginger etc.
  • While leave avocado, kiwi, peaches, pear guava in open space for ripening and then should be stored in the fridge.
  • Store daily used oil in cool dark places. However, refrigerate oils extracted from nuts like Peanuts oil etc. as they tend to become rancid faster.

Hope these tips are a ready reckoner for your next food storage activity.

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(25) Comments

  1. Jyoti Jha says:

    Wow, some really great tips. Thank you for sharing these. very helpful!

  2. Madhu Bindra says:

    These are really useful tips. Thanks for sharing them.

  3. alpanadeo says:

    Thats exactly how I store. Currently, whenever I get the grocery, I am chopping them and transferring it to freezer bags. It is always better to freeze these cut veggies rather than worrying about making them otherwise they will go waste.

    1. Same Pinch 🙂

  4. These are great pointers for sustainable fooding at home and all these must be followed religiously considering the times that we are living in. Thanks for this informative post!

  5. Great in depth Info there Judy…very helpful for the young homemakers

  6. I really appreciate your detailed post on optimal food storage at this time when we need to stock up on essentials. All your tips are easy and practical to follow.

  7. Milan says:

    Thanku for sharing these tips on correct food/fruit storage. Learnt a few myself, especially in dry fruits

  8. Hey must tell a helping hand post for this current situation which all we are going through… Storing food or other essential things has become so mandatory now.. Thank you for sharing a detailed and informative post…

  9. These are some really good tips for proper storing of food and other groceries. Proper storage is absolutely neccessary to achieve zero waste which is so desirable.

  10. This post is going to be useful in the long run. These are some great tips you have mentioned in this post. Bookmarking the same.

  11. Loved this post! During lockdown, we really have to ensure that food is stored correctly and it’s long lasting. Thanks for the tips.

  12. Wow this is so perfectly explained blog post on food storage. I follow some of these tips myself. But I loved reading how meticulously you have explained for longer storage. Most of the times my leafy vegetables get spoiled though.

  13. Thank you for sharing this! I threw 1 kg vegetables 2 days back because they had rotten inside the refrigerator… These tips will help a lot!

  14. Such in depth storage tips post Judy, I really found it very useful especially in today’s times

  15. Better fooding is the need of the hour because fridges are full most of the time in this lockdown. Thank you for sharing this post.

  16. This is really awesome post.. You have covered all possible points. Cook as per need is the best thing.

  17. Sustainable food habits everyone should follow. Agree we should only cook the amount of food which is needed and avoid food wastage

  18. This detailed post will be useful for many. We don’t store vegetables in fridge as now we have shifted to use them every day fresh.

  19. Neha Sharma says:

    These are some really helpful practical tips for storing food for sustainable fooding during this lockdown period. Thanks for sharing these tips.

  20. jhilmil says:

    The idea to clean all the veggies & fruit with hot water is always no.1 on my list . Specially during this COVID panedemic , hygine take presedence over eerything .

  21. Thanks for sharing this with me, it’s really important to know how to store your food. And all your tips are really important and easy to do

  22. This is such good tips and tricks you have shared for food storage. I have also made some process on storing foods properly so that they don’t go bad.

  23. Tips are awesome, some I apply but some I don’t. I don’t stock vegetables and fruits for so long. I always believe in don’t waste food. Cook fresh and eat fresh.

  24. Richa sharma says:

    A very good article for day today life.
    We can use all these tips in this lockdown. Keep sharing such articles in future as well

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