Most people believe that preserving food is simply the act of putting it in a freezer. The only way to get the most value from preserving food is to store the food in the proper way. If the food is properly stored, less money the owner spends less on food and derives more value from the food that you do buy.
The aim of storing food is to keep it fresh, this will not happen unless the food is stored in a suitable container. Simply covering the food with a sheet of plastic wrap will lead to the food being dehydrated and inedible. Plastic containers are the most suitable containers for freezing foods in. They are not expensive and are available almost everywhere. Place the containers in a part of the freezer which allows the cold air to circulate around the container. This allows the food to freeze evenly. The containers are then moved once they are frozen. The same principle applies to liquids, for liquids use bags which have resealable opening s. Always remember to mark the date of freezing on food stored in any freezer.
Some people still ask “why should I store food when I can buy”. There are several good reasons why food is stored. A few of these reasons are:
Leftover food is a great gift to those members of the family who live busy lives and may not have the time to cook for themselves all the time when they come to visit. Parents who work long hours, new parents tired from staying up all night, students and single members of the family will all be grateful to have food pre cooked for them. Aside from the gratitude these meals from family members also save them money; they would otherwise have spent on eating out.
The frozen leftovers will be the basis for other meals for the family. Meats such as chicken, turkey and so on are added to or form the main ingredient of soups, stews and a host of other meals. The combination is endless. Remember these foods can last a few days in the fridge, but to keep them for longer requires storage in a freezer. Of course every time the owner uses leftover food for a meal, that reduces the food waste and saves the home owner the cost of more groceries.
As mentioned in the preceding paragraphs, properly preserving leftovers in the proper containers will save both time and money. What most people tend to overlook is the attendant health benefits. Eating food cooked at home in most cases is better for the health than eating the usual foods purchased at convenience food outlets. The convenience food tends to contain too much saturated fat and excessive salt. This healthier diet in its own right saves you money. Less unhealthy foods means less illness in the long-term and less money spent on treating the illness, drugs, insurance premiums and doctors. Make sure that the containers used to store the leftover foods are thoroughly washed after each use. This will stop cross contamination and keep the family safe from harmful bacteria.