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Home food storage tips and advice

Proper home food storage is important for several different reasons. First of all, organizing your food properly can save money; for example, it could stop you from doubling up on food items you already have. Secondly, proper food storage ensures that your food won't spoil. However, there is more to food storage than simply organizing your pantry. Here are some handy food storage tips.

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Equipment Needed for Food Storage

To ensure that you always follow best practices in safe food storage, it pays to invest in certain equipment to keep food fresh:

  • Food storage bags can be purchased at your grocery store or local discount store. It pays to keep several sizes and types available. These bags can be used to freeze meat, store snacks and even store food for lunches on the go.
  • If you want a greener option, food storage containers are your best bet, but not just any type will do. To keep your food both fresh and organized, get stackable containers that have airtight lids. These containers should allow you to stack them tightly, taking up little cupboard space.
  • The classic bread box is an essential piece of food storage equipment. Not only are they good for storing loaves of bread, but they're also a great place to store pastries.
  • Types of Food Storage

  • Dry goods storage is the most common because it lasts the longest. Canned foods, pasta, dried beans and other dry foods can last for many months, sometimes years.

  • For those who want to save money (and who doesn't?), consider bulk food storage. When buying in bulk, think of how to store these foods. Most often, you'll find that bulk food is packaged in large containers, and if it's not eaten or stored properly, it can easily go to waste.

  • Cold food storage and perishable food storage should get the most attention. It's important to store these foods at the proper temperature in your refrigerator and freezer and take all the necessary measures to keep them fresh. The alternative is eating spoiled food – and that will likely make you or your family extremely ill.

Written by Amy Brantley