Storing Your Produce: Better Safe Than Sorry

Julia DuBois

| 2 min read

Produce storage
We are very well advanced these days in regards to the quality of our food. It’s safe to say we’ve come a long way from having to salt everything in the attempts to keep it from spoiling.
But there are still a few places here and there where being extra safe in the storage and preparation of our food can help you avoid picking up some nasty bugs.

Here are some you can try today!

  1. Make sure your fridge is the right temperature — about 41 degrees or less. You want it to be cold enough to ward off the growth of any pesky bacteria.
  1. Always make sure that raw meats don’t touch anything else. Raw meat is a perfect breeding ground for things you just don’t want to ingest.
  1. A very simple and sometimes overlooked step, wash your produce thoroughly! You’d be surprised how much good a little hot water and a little vinegar will do.
There are plenty more food storage tips in this article, and all of them are simple, to the point and easy to follow.
There have been many outbreaks of foodborne illnesses in the past that could have been avoided by more thorough storage and preparation of food. Hopefully with these handy tips you can avoid the next one!
What steps do you take to safely store and prepare your food?
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