Food Safety Ideas
Contributed by Carol McCoy
I want to share some food safety ideas with you. Protect your valuable natural foods by storing them properly. Insects will choose whole foods over processed foods every time, so don’t give them the opportunity: keep whole grains and legumes in airtight jars in a cool, dark place.
Troublesome as it may seem, it is vital to store unrefined flours, oils, nuts and seeds (this includes peanut butter and salad dressing) in refrigerator in hot weather. Always refrigerate wheat germ, Parmesan cheese, dried coconut, dates and figs. These foods are as perishable as produce and spoil more quickly than you can imagine. Many people, unable to recognize the taste of rancid nuts or oils, eat them unknowingly and it can be a serious health hazard.
Store herbs and herb teas in a cool, dry place away from the oven and stove top.
Store baked goods at room temperature for two to four days, depending on the weather, then refrigerate.
There are many things that would store very well in the freezer if you have the room such as flour, corn meal, nuts. You can also freeze butter and cheese, if needed.