Perfect places to store your food

Proper food storage is essential to reducing the risk of food poisoning. According to foodlink's guide to food safety, there are three key points you must always remember when storing food.

  • Store food in the right place.
  • Store food at the right temperature.
  • Store food for the right length of time.
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Where to Store Food

Cupboards and pantries are the best and easiest place to store your non-perishable food items as they are usually located directly in or just outside of your kitchen.

What's the difference between cupboards and pantries? Cupboards are basically cabinets that have storage shelves in them, which are designed to hold cups, dishes, cleaning supplies and food and are usually found in, but not limited to, kitchens. Cupboards are most essential to kitchens because of all the items used in that room that must be stored and put away. They're usually mounted on the walls, but stand-alone models can also be purchased.

So what's a pantry? The term comes from the French word "panaterie" and describes either a full-length cupboard or closet used solely to store food. Pantries are most suitable when located close to the kitchen, but some, especially in older homes, are located downstairs in the root cellar. Why? Because before refrigeration was available, most pantries had a large cold stone slab or shelf to keep the food cool and the coolest place was in the root cellar. However, pantries are now used for foods that don't need to be refrigerated, and with all the shelving can provide extra storage space for dishes, large, cumbersome pots and specialty items such as indoor grills.

Food Storage Tips

  • Store bulk food in airtight food storage containers or #10 tin cans (commonly known as coffee cans). Leaving bulk food in those clear baggies from the store makes the food susceptible to invasion from rodents, bugs and moisture - all of which can lead to you having to throw the products away.
  • Store your dry goods in cool cabinets or pantries away from any and all appliances. The heat produced by the appliances can lead to spoiling the food.
  • Make use of your kitchen storage space by taking foods such as cereals out of their awkwardly shaped boxes and storing them in stackable food containers. Just be careful not to stack the containers too high as they can be difficult to get to and dangerous if they fall.
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