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5 Tips to Keep Food Stored Properly

Food storage is an essential part of any pest-control regimen. Keeping insects and other bugs from smelling your food supply is a simple preventative measure that anyone can take when minimizing the chances of a pest infestation.

Tip #1

Adopt a system that allows you to quickly identify the approximate dates on the food. This is a common technique used at fine restaurants when protecting the food against various pests. This technique is effective because it was developed by an industry that may face heavy penalties if an insect infestation is detected. Food rotation means that the oldest material is the first to be used. This requires you to organize your food supply and even label the outside of the containers.

Tip #2

Take extra precautions when dealing with fruit. Fruit usually needs time to become fully ripe, and this means that you will need to leave it on the counter or in a plastic container until the desired level of ripeness occurs. Once this happens, make sure that you store the fruit in the refrigerator immediately. To help ripen other fruits, store them in plastic with bananas, which contain ethylene. This will accelerate the ripening process, and you will be able to refrigerate them quickly. Avoid ripening fruit in air-tight containers because this could cause them to spoil. If you see any fruit flies, store the fruit in the fridge immediately.

Tip #3

Keep all grain products stored within airtight containers. This includes food like rice, beans, lentils, wheat, oats and other grains. Use glass jars with airtight lids or plastic containers that also have a special design that keeps the air out of the container. There is a high chance that bugs can get into the container if air can also seep through the lid.

Tip #4

Keep in mind that root vegetables do not need to be stored in airtight containers. Anything that grows underground can be kept inside a simple brown paper bag in an area of the pantry that is dark and cool. Breads should also be stored in brown paper bags, and these can be simply placed on the counter top or inside of a bread box.

Tip #5

Store refrigerated items in sealed containers, and keep the inside temperature consistent and optimized for freshness. Any food that is stored in a fridge within a certain range can begin to grow bacteria, and this will ruin the food.

Accel Pest and Termite Control

These are several easy methods that can be used when storing dry food, and this will help you to maintain the safety of your family. Consider these simple tips and tricks when storing your food supply. If you require additional assistance, contact Accel Pest and Termite Control.

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