An Expose to Food SpoilagePosted by Sandra Arachie
Food products often become unsuitable for ingestion due to inconsistencies in food handling, packaging or storage. These inconsistencies cause the growth of microbial organisms such as mould, yeast and bacteria on food surfaces which lead to a change in overall colour, texture, taste and smell of affected foods.
Apart from microbial activity; rodents, parasites, insects, natural food enzymes, hot or cold temperatures as well as time are all factors that contribute to food spoilage. It is important to note that food spoilage not be confused with food wastage which is just a byproduct of food spoilage.
Food spoilage is quite a broad subject matter. Today, we look at 6 ways to prevent food from going bad in the fridge/freezer.
1. Avoid washing fresh produce prior to storing in the fridge as dampness promotes the growth of mould.
2. All foods to be stored in the cooling unit must be sealed in air-tight containers and allowed to cool. Placing hot foods in the cooling unit raises its temperature and increases the risk of food spoilage.
3. Store washed vegetables in ziplock bags
4. Properly wrap meat before placing it in containers to prevent contamination with other foods. This helps the meat maintain its fresh taste and appearance.
5. Frequently used items should be placed in front to prevent air loss when opening/closing fridge/refrigerator doors.
6. Do not overfill the cooling unit to promote even airflow and consistent refrigerator temperature.
It is also very important to be on the lookout for the 'food danger zone' which typically occurs when foods out of refrigeration are left for longer than two hours, unattended. OrderEat wishes you a better time at prevention of food spoilage!