Proper Food Storage Techniques

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Food safety is a basic concern of every human everywhere. Using proper techniques to store your food, both with leftovers and fresh food, is important for a multitude of reasons. It can:

  • Keep food fresh, and therefore better tasting, for longer
  • Allow greater peace of mind
  • Stretch the food budget further by reducing waste
  • Help prevent health concerns

With all these benefits there’s no reason not to practice safe and proper food storage techniques. Here are a few basic principles you should always do your best to follow when it comes to food storage.

Food Storage Organization

Organization

The first and most important aspect of a clean and healthy kitchen is organization. This applies in multiple ways, and can have a large overall effect on your food storage safety. For example, an organized kitchen is easier to keep:

  • Clean and free of dirt, mold, or food stains
  • Well stocked, without old or out of date food build up
  • Well labeled and separated, which allows better food efficiency
  • Healthier

Organization is an extremely important aspect for proper food storage. It is the first step in safe food storage. So, once you’ve organized your kitchen and food storage areas appropriately, you’re ready for the next step.

First in First out (FIFO)

The rule of FIFO is that the first food purchased is the first food you use. By following this rule, and always making sure to use the oldest ingredients first, you can reign in a large portion of any waste issues you might be experiencing. Of course, depending on the volume and size of your kitchen, it’s possible to bend this rule a little. But always make sure that if any of your food items are approaching their use by date, or expiration date, you use them before they expire.

When in Doubt, Throw it out

It is often tempting to use questionable food rather than wasting it by throwing it away. Frugality makes it seem that making sure the food is well cooked is alright. But safety is always the most important aspect of food storage and preparation. It isn’t worth the pain and risk of serious food borne illness. So, when it doubt, please throw it out.

Following these principles is a great step toward a clean, organized, happy and healthy kitchen. Here are a few technical guidelines for proper food storage you should be keeping in mind as well.

Temperature Control

Temperature control is extremely important in food storage. If food isn’t kept at its recommended temperature spoilage can occur at an extremely accelerated rate. Always make sure you refrigerate or freeze any required food immediately after purchase.

The typical refrigerator temperature should be right around 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Freezer temperature should be at or below 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure to continually check this, as any fluctuation can lead to less than optimal conditions and unnecessary spoilage.

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Proper Refrigeration Storage

Optimal food storage within a refrigerator or freezer requires a variety of techniques. Food should be:

  • Kept in air tight containers – This keeps food from drying out and slows down the rate of spoilage. Because of bacteria in the air (even in cold environments such as a fridge), it’s important to keep food exposure to air to a minimum. Always make sure to look for fissures, cracks, or holes within the food container.
  • Organized accordingly – It’s important to place meats and other quick to spoil items on lower levels. This prevents their ability to contaminate other foods, as well as drip any resulting juices or fluids.
  • Well-spaced – Storing foods on top of other food, or over-packing the fridge, can affect the rate of spoilage and overall quality of the food.
  • Cooled to room temperature before storing – Placing hot or still warm food into an air tight container and then into a cold fridge/freezer can cause condensation, which will increase the rate of spoilage.

Following these simple rules can have an extremely positive impact on your food preservation.

Maintenance and Monitoring

Maintenance and monitoring is an integral part of proper food storage. Without proper monitoring, as well as maintenance, food spoilage is inevitable. Here is what you should be monitoring and maintaining within your kitchen and food storage areas:

  • Spoilage – Always keep an eye on your food, particularly those with an expiration date. These dates must be respected and followed for safety and health reasons. Also, make sure your vegetables are fresh and well monitored to prevent any risk of storage. Spoiled food will increase the rate at which the food around it spoils. Potatoes shoved away into a closet are cupboard are the worst offenders of this.
  • Refrigerator/freezer temperatures – Always pay close attention to this. Even a slight change in temperature can quickly lead to spoilage. And a whole fridge/freezer can result in a massive amount of waste.
  • Pest control – Pests are a problem no matter where in the world you are. Keep an eye on the floor, corners, and tight spaces within your kitchen to avoid having pests become a problem.

Food storage can be the difference between a happy kitchen and an unsafe environment. So always try and follow these proper food storage techniques.

Author Bio: Bryan Furgison is food enthusiast with several years’ experience in the food industry via culinary art and restaurant management. He is an online publisher for the commercial refrigeration retailer Coldtech Commercial, which specializes in prep tables, restaurant supply, commercial appliances.

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15 thoughts on “Paneer Manchurian

  1. apanirasoi said on November 24, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Nice Recipe and blog.

  2. devashree said on October 26, 2012 at 3:34 am

    easy recipe

  3. Praveen Kumar said on March 19, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Depending on one’s taste you can add mushrooms.

  4. Shushma said on March 19, 2012 at 7:44 am

    can we add mushrooms in this recipe?

  5. hrithik said on September 2, 2011 at 2:05 am

    it is nice .10/10

  6. hrithik said on September 2, 2011 at 2:02 am

    IT IS VERY GOOD. I LIKE IT VERY MUCH .IT’S VERY ,VERY, VERY,VERY TASTY.

  7. pyaar said on December 27, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    recipe is too good, and gets an awsm taste

  8. Snehal said on September 22, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    paneer manchurian with egg marination??????

  9. ishu kalra said on March 23, 2010 at 5:01 am

    100/100

  10. akshaya said on March 20, 2010 at 10:36 am

    exellent

  11. ritu said on January 7, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    what kind of flour are you using besides cornflour??

    you haven’t mentioned anything about paneer whether to soak it in water before the process or due we need to marinate the hard paneer without soaking it?? doesn’t it be hard??

  12. Praveen Kumar said on September 26, 2008 at 3:25 am

    Ria,

    Egg white is optional. So you can either add or not. depending on your taste.

  13. Ria said on September 26, 2008 at 1:09 am

    It does have egg white as one of the ingredients though.
    So I wouldnt call that 100% vegetarian.

  14. Praveen Kumar said on March 16, 2008 at 7:18 am

    brian,

    yes this is vegetarian.

  15. brian said on March 16, 2008 at 7:02 am

    I would like to know whether this receipe of manchurian is vegetarian

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