Airtight Food Storage Containers
Airtight food storage containers ensure that food does not go to waste. You will find both plastic food containers, airtight glass containers great for leftovers, cakes, bread, flour, coffee, lunch, and more.
Freezing food can be a great method of preserving food longer and saving money. Instead of tossing out the extra homemade chicken noodle soup you made for dinner, freeze it. This comes in handy if you happen to make a lot of one particular food, like soup. You may not want to eat chicken noodle soup for three days in a row, which is about how long the USDA would say the soup was still good enough to eat if stored in the refrigerator. You might not be able to eat that much in three days either. A good way to save time and money is to make large batches of food, like homemade soup, and then freeze it in single use containers for a quick lunch or freeze in family sized containers for a quick dinner for your family. The time you put into making homemade soup one night can save you time another night. Plus, that will be less food you have to buy next month. Homemade soup, if properly stored, can be frozen for up to two to three months. Knowing how to properly store and freeze your food will help you plan your meals better and shop more cost effectively. It will also save you time in the long run.
Food should be stored at 0° F in your freezer. If it is properly sealed and kept at this temperature, the food will be not only safe to eat, but will keep the nutrient content, better color, and better texture than if improperly stored. Freezing at this temperature prevents microbes from being active and from multiplying. Proper packaging is what insures the quality of the frozen food and will prevent freezer burn. Vacuum sealing can prevent freezer burn. Storing your food in containers that can be vacuum sealed can prevent freezer burn. Vacuum seal containers are available at SpaceSavers. When storing food in the refrigerator or freezer, it is a good idea to store the food in containers that have air tight and water tight seals. You will find many different kinds of containers like this on SpaceSavers. Most you can take from the freezer straight to the microwave to thaw, which is one of the safe methods of thawing out food. You can also thaw out food in the refrigerator or in a properly water tight sealed container immersed in cold water.
In order to maximize the quality of the food you store in the refrigerator, the food should be in sealed containers and kept at 40° F or lower. This will help maintain freshness, color, and keep odors contained. If you don’t think you can eat your leftover meat dishes within three to four days, you can freeze them for up to two to three months. Make sure to label your containers with the date you have frozen them and what they are. Erasable labels work well for this. You can re-use not only the storage container, if you use one of the many freezer safe food storage containers from SpaceSavers, but you can then, re-use the labels as well. Erasable labels are also available at SpaceSavers. Raw ground meats will keep for three to four months in the freezer. Raw poultry, if kept whole, will keep for up to a year in the freezer. If you cut the bird up, it will keep for nine months, which is plenty of time to eat it.
Save money by storing your food in properly sealed containers. Preserve the quality and the look of your food. Make life easier by cooking in bulk and freezing either individual meals or family sized portions, so you can have a night off from cooking later down the road. Log onto the FDA or the USDA website for further information on freezer and refrigerator storage.