As a food business which prides itself on preserving food naturally, we know the importance of making food last longer, especially if it is freshly cooked with lots of love and care. Hence, we decided to compile our best DIY methods of helping you store your food for longer, giving you the same taste and experience that you deserve with every bite. If used properly, these methods can help you be a much better cook, a host, and will make you an office pot-luck celebrity!
This may come as a surprise but it is arguably the most important tip one could use to make the greatest gains in trying to keep their food fresh. This works both for uncooked food and cooked meals, ensuring more freshness for your food overall. First and foremost, having the right temperature makes all the difference in the world. The main section should be between 36-40 degrees Fahrenheit. This keeps them cold enough without having to freeze them. Secondly, knowing what’s in your fridge is key. If you do groceries more than once a week then having a system where the older vegetables and meat gets cooked first to ensure that there is maximum freshness. Similarly for cooked meals, knowing what was cooked when allows you to have food at its freshest. Lastly, organizing your fridge to ensure that temperature and moisture are constant on all levels and airflow is not blocked.
Before modern refrigeration, canning, and drying methods made storing food for years possible, preserving the freshness of food was a task for salt and sugar. These two ingredients draw liquid out of the food, allowing it to be less susceptible to bacteria and mold, while interfering with microbe growth. Additionally, these are also used in cooking so their use can be used to spruce up any dish while ensuring it stays fresh and tasty for longer periods of time.
Airtight Vacuum Sealing
This one may be a bit difficult to execute within the household but this is one of the best ways to preserve the food. Creating a vacuum seal with the food being cooked in a clean environment reduces the chance for it to get stale or rotten or lose its freshness quickly. This is different from canning as that involved giving a water bath or steaming the food which is mostly possible only with raw fruits and vegetables, not for fully-cooked meat dishes.
So there you have it folks! These three tricks are very effective at maintaining the freshness of cooked, ready-to-eat food. Of course another way to ensure that all your meals are fresh as they can be is by going to GotMeals.com and ordering plant based
Farm to pouch fresh vegetables for yourself in advance. Each meal is portioned to one person so there is no food waste either. All you have to do is get yourself some cutlery and get ready to dig into delicious and fresh cooked food!