How should raw food stored?

Raw food and cooked food should be stored separately in the refrigerator. Bacteria in raw foods can contaminate cold-cooked foods, and bacteria can multiply to dangerous levels if food is not fully re-cooked. Always store raw food in sealed containers or covered at the bottom of the fridge. Raw meat, poultry and fish in sealed containers to prevent them from touching or leaking other foods.

Raw meats should always be stored in the bottom of the fridge to avoid cross-contamination. Make sure each item is wrapped or in a sealed container so that it does not come into contact with other foods. Most bacteria that live in fruits and vegetables can be easily washed with soapy water and a suitable plant disinfectant. They carry fewer bacteria and don't leak blood.

Raw meats always have some bloodshed, they carry millions of bacterial cells. Usually, fruits and vegetables are stored separately from meats because they require different storage temperatures. Fruits and vegetables tend to change color or lose quality at colder temperatures. Especially at the temperatures needed to keep meats fresh.

The ideal operating temperature for a vegetable refrigerator is 5 to 7 ºC (41 to 45 ºF). Store safely and smartly: raw meat goes to a specific place in your cold storage. With all meat, seafood, poultry, and other cold storage items, there is a hierarchy of how items should be placed on shelves. Raw meat should go below prepared foods, fruits and vegetables, and fish and seafood, and should go above ground beef and poultry.

This is based on safe cooking temperatures of food to ensure the safety of diners, as you progress on the shelf, the cooking temperatures of the items increase. Therefore, you rotate your stock so that no food ends up expired, which unnecessarily increases your food costs. Cooked foods can be kept up to 3 days before the natural bacteria they contain begin to grow and cause food to disappear. Ready-to-eat foods are stored in the upper part of the refrigerator, away from raw food so that harmful bacteria cannot be transferred from raw food to cooked food.

When you open a can of food and you're not going to use all the food right away, empty the food into a bowl or other container and put it in the refrigerator. Cross-contamination occurs when raw food juices come into contact with safely cooked foods or other raw foods that don't need to be cooked, such as fruits and vegetables. Any food that has passed its expiration date should not be consumed, since harmful bacteria have had a chance to grow and make the food dangerous to health. These are foods that should not have any bacteria present because they have a direct risk of causing food poisoning.

If you thaw raw meat or fish and then cook it well, you can freeze it again, but remember not to reheat food more than once. Refrigerating food properly is important to ensure that your food remains safe to eat and prevent harmful bacteria from spreading from raw to ready-to-eat foods. Preparing raw foods may seem like a lot of work at first, but when you get used to thinking about the future and setting aside some time each week to prepare them in advance, it becomes much easier. Food poisoning is caused by bacteria in food that has been stored, prepared, handled, or cooked improperly.

Some foods should be kept in the refrigerator to prevent bacteria from growing on them, such as sell-by foods, cooked foods, and ready-to-eat foods, such as desserts and cooked meats. Over the past two Tuesdays as part of the Food Safe Families campaign, I blogged about two basic food safety steps that are important but easy to implement in your food preparation routine: cooking and cleaning. This advice does not apply to foods sold in cans that have resealable lids, such as golden syrup and cocoa, because these types of foods do not react with the can. Establish a designated area for the preparation of raw meat: raw meat contaminates everything it touches, while it is not stored in a container.


Lance Bujarski
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