Healthy Living - Tips on Maximizing Food's Freshness

Enjoy top taste and great healthy foods by following the correct food storage and preparation

Fresh, tasty foods are always great!
Fresh, tasty foods are always great!

Be sure to prepare vegetables before cooking. Vitamins and nutrients are lessen when vegetables are cut and soaked in water. Essential nutrients will only be wasted once vegetables are not cooked immediately after being cut. Keep extra cuts of vegetable in a sealed bag or clean storage container. Store them in a dry cool place - the refrigerator works best for it.

Maximize fruits vitamins and nutrients by storing them correctly
Fresh fruits are always best. They are the best source of important vitamins important for the immune system. When considering to drink fruit juices, make sure you can consume them within three to four hours after squeezing. Store juices in a tightly-packed container. This is to make sure that air will never get inside and react with the juice. When fruit juice is exposed to air, rapid oxidation happens which results to losing the nutritional benefits.

Store fruits away from direct heat and sunlight. 
Well, it is true that fruits ripe easily when exposed to sunlight, but doing so will only destroy fruits' nutrients such as Vitamins A and C. Wait for fruits to ripen normally. Fruits will become sweeter when ripen. It's worth the wait, I tell you.

Maintain proper storage procedures. There are lots of ways to maintain food's freshness. One way is to store them correctly-in a right place and appropriate temperature. Ask some tips from your grocer, I'm sure he'll tell you helpful ideas on proper storage. Also learn to follow the correct preparation methods and procedures.

Do you eat meat? If yes, then you must consider this tip: eat meat and fish within three days after purchase in order to maximize its freshness and nutritional benefits. Make sure to store meat in the refrigerator or chiller.

Get a list of perishable items and consume them first before the other products
Before going to the supermarket, be sure to make a list about your week's menu and note for those perishable items. Consume those items which lose its freshness first and store them correctly. Green leafy vegetables quickly lose its high water content and tend to go limp while fruits such as apples are best consumed within one week after purchase.

Following these proper storage tips will lengthen food shelf life, thus reducing waste and cost.

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