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  • From: Nimer <nimerjaber1@xxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Sat, 07 Feb 2009 19:44:36 -0700

Check the articles here, especially the first one.

Nimer J

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Posted: 06 Feb 2009 10:24 AM CST

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How to Properly Store Food <>

Posted: 06 Feb 2009 09:55 AM CST

Using proper methods to store food helps retain nutrient content, fresh appearance, flavor, and texture. Exposing food to light, heat, moisture, and air can decrease nutrient value, and increase the risk of food poisoning. Here are some tips to help you properly store a variety of food types:


   * Fresh fruit tends to lose its vitamins when kept at room
     temperature, but tropical fruit can go downhill quickly when
     stored in the cold. Most fresh produce should ideally be kept at
     around 50degrees F or 10 degrees C.
   * Avoid storing fresh produce in plastic. The plastic doesn't allow
     air flow and the fruit will rot faster. Instead use cellophane or
   * Lettuce, cabbage and carrots keep well at about 30 degrees F
     (0degrees C ) and can be kept in a cool basement. Wash and dry
     lettuce and keep in a sealed bag with a paper towel to absorb
     excess moisture. Wash other salad vegetables just before use to
     prevent spoiling.
   * Always wait until you are ready to use berries before you wash
     them. Washing before storing them will cause them to spoil.
   * Cut the tops off of all root vegetables before storing. Leaving
     them on will allow the tops to continue to draw nutrients from the
     edible roots.
   * Store potatoes in a cool dark place. When potatoes are exposed to
     light, poisonous alkaloids can form.
   * Before freezing vegetables, always blanch them for a few seconds
     in boiling water, then put them directly into cold water. Frozen
     vegetables that are not blanched often break down because their
     natural juices freeze and cause ice crystals to form, or because
     of enzymatic activity. Blanching prevents this problem. (Always
     cook frozen vegetables straight from the freezer. If allowed to
     thaw, it could encourage the activity of residual enzymes and

       Dairy Products

   * Milk and cream should always be kept in sealed containers so that
     they do not take on the odors of other foods. Milk keeps its
     nutrients longer when stored in a carton rather than in glass or
     plastic bottles. Exposure to light can destroy some of the
     riboflavin and vitamin A content.
   * Butter and soft cheeses should be wrapped tightly and kept
     refrigerated. Hard and ripened cheeses ( Parmesan etc.) needn't be
     refrigerated. Keep them loosely covered in a cool, dark space. If
     any mold appears, trim it off and the cheese is still safe to eat.

       Meat, Fish, and Poultry

   * Meat and fish should always be kept in the coldest part of your
   * Shellfish should only be kept in the refrigerator for a few hours,
     but will keep considerably longer in the freezer if packaged
     properly. Try to avoid wrapping meat and fish in plastic wrap
     before freezing. It allows moisture to escape and can cause
     freezer burn.
   * Hot dogs and commercially package cold cuts will stay fresh until
     they reach their expiration date, if you don't open them. After
     they are opened, store in an airtight baggy and use as soon as
   * Dispose of any meat that has an unusual smell or is discolored


   * Exposure to light can rob oil of vitamins E, A and D. Store oils
     in the refrigerator or a cool dark cupboard. Make sure that they
     are tightly sealed so that they don't take on the smell of other
     food items.
   * Store bought mayonnaise can be kept refrigerated after opening,
     but it is best to discard leftover homemade mayo to avoid salmonella.


When packaging leftovers, make sure the container isn't too big. You don't want a lot of extra space. If you are using a zip lock bag, be sure to remove as much air as possible before sealing it.

The TipNut blog occasionally digs up advice from really old cookbooks, and tips like this result: Spreading a thin layer of butter on a block of opened cheese keeps it soft, and prevents molding. The key is to get the butter lightly spread on the cheese you aren't serving yet, and to cover the end you exposed by cutting.

. If you don't like the idea of plebian butter infecting the taste of your aristocratic cheese choices, simply shave off the borders of your block before serving.

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