Need help preserving fruit and vegetables amid regular load shedding? Here are a few handy tricks to stop power cuts from spoiling your food.
Mzansi may have a new minister for electricity but it will be a while before you or your perishable food items get a break from Eskom’s blackouts. So while we wait, have a look at these top tips on preserving food.
According to Faaizah Laher, a registered dietitian and spokesperson for the Association for Dietetics in South Africa, the proper storage of all fruits and vegetables will extend their shelf life, preserve their nutritious value, and prevent spoiling.
In an article published on Health For Mzansi, Lahera’s advice is to move perishable items to the front of the line so they may be prepared as soon as possible.
“A fridge needs to be at a minimum of two degrees to keep its contents cold and viable. Bacteria can grow from five degrees upwards, and these temperatures can pose a risk for food-borne illnesses.”
Open bowl and airtight container tricks
Apart from preserving vegetables according to their storage needs, celebrity chef Siphokazi Mdlankomo says airflow is important.
“The best way to allow free circulation of air is to store them in an open bowl or paper bag. Do not store them in a sealed container without ventilation, such as a zipped plastic bag or lidded glassware.”
Want to know what to do with leafy vegetables like spinach and lettuce? In the article, Mdlankomo breaks down her airtight container trick.
She also shares why freezing whole tomatoes is one of the best long-term storage methods. The article also feature storage tips for meat and seafood.
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