Tuesday, August 4, 2009

You must eat what you store and store what you eat!

If you buy a lot of storage food and then just let it stay in storage without eating it, eventually it will reach a point when it may need to be thrown away. A great way to avoid problems with shelf life is to rotate your food.

What does that mean? Simply that you should eat what you store, and as you eat it you should replace it. To do that you need a system that enables you to know which stored items are the oldest so that you can consume the oldest on your shelf.

Each time you purchase food you can use a marker to clearly put a date on each can, package, or box. Then you should store those items in such a way that you can see the dates so you can take the oldest item for use in your regular diet.

Keep in mind that expiration dates on packages do not actually mean the contents have expired or that it cannot be eaten past a certain date. Manufacturers place dates on packages intended to tell retailers when to sell the product by. It is expected that a product will be purchased by the date on the package, taken home, and possibly be kept on a shelf for a time before it is opened and eaten. The expiration date is just the date when the manufacturer wants the package to be off the retail shelf, not the date when the food inside has spoiled.

You can safely purchase food and keep it in your storage well beyond the expiration date on the label. As you rotate the food in your storage select the oldest foods to eat first. If you store food in a cool, dry, dark area and rotate your food you will not have trouble with shelf life.

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