Having a house full of raw ingredients does not guarantee that you have something to eat or that you are equipped to prepare a meal for visitors. You still need those ingredients to be fresh if you don’t want to disappoint–or cause someone’s trip to a hospital in Utah due to food poisoning.
Be ready to prepare food at any time. Here are some reminders:
Set the Right Refrigerator Temperature
The refrigerator is supposed to keep ingredients fresh, but if it’s not at the right temperature, the items you store in it will still spoil. You may not think something is wrong, but wait until you open that freezer and see that the meat portions have gone bad. All the items that are supposed to be frozen will not remain in good condition if they are not frozen, so get that fridge repair scheduled with All Pro Service, Inc. as soon as possible.
Store Dried Ingredients in Tight Containers
Dried ingredients such as rice and flour should remain dry until you are ready to use them. To keep them from going bad or being unusable, keep the lids of containers sealed tight, and store them together with dried ingredients. Keep the pantry organized and properly labeled, especially if you are keeping them in identical containers. The last thing you want is to screw up a recipe because you put in salt instead of sugar.
Your refrigerator will be the storage space for both raw and cooked items. What you have to remember is that these should not be stored carelessly, so the bacteria from raw ingredients do not make their way to other items inside the fridge. You might be serving compromised food if you simply store them without thinking about what is beside or above them.
With the number of items you might have to store in the kitchen, you need to pay attention to where you put each item. They should be in the best place in terms of temperature, freshness, and safety from bacteria.