Farmers’ markets are every where! 🙂 Many will be open this week or weekend. You’ll find lots of healthy goodies to bring home. Make sure that you follow proper food storage to ensure you can enjoy the produce long after the market.
Using proper food storage is very important to your health and your family’s health. It is up to you to provide proper storage solutions for every type of food that comes into your home.
If you plan to store large amounts of food, you need to have the room. It is also important to realize that foods go bad quite easily and quickly. Taking the time to find the right solution to your food storage needs can even help you save money.
Proper Food Storage of Your Farmers’ Market Finds
Purchasing And Storing
It is quite important for you to purchase foods that are in good condition especially if you will have them in your home for a long period of time. This is especially true for foods that will not last for long, such as fruits and vegetables that are purchased fresh.
But, you can also package them to keep them lasting longer.
Fresh vegetables and fruits can be canned. Or freeze them and put them into freezer safe bags or containers to keep them fresh much longer.
Dehydrating your fruits and vegetables is another great option. And the package are much smaller and easier to store than the fresh produce.
For meats, it is important to use them within their date or to freeze them. You should freeze them properly without defrosting them more than once to use. You can also use a vacuum sealer to do this work as well.
Having Enough Room
One of the biggest problems that many have when it comes to food storage is that it is hard to find enough room to store it all. In order to have enough room, you can think outside the box.
You can store canned goods in boxes in a cool location as well. The basement is a good place. Shelves in the garage work too, as long as the canned goods don’t freeze.
You can add bins or containers to your kitchen as well. Or put shelves in a closet in a seldom used room, like your child’s bedroom after they’ve found their own place.
No matter which method you use, make sure you label each package with the contents and the date processed. I also include the serving size, if possible. Use the oldest packages first. Using proper food storage means keeping everyone happy and healthy!
Need More Help?
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Enjoy and Be Healthy!