Autumn and winter holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Hanukkah, all mean large feasts when family and friends gather together to indulge and enjoy the bounty of life. Large feasts may involve hams, turkeys, chicken, and a huge array of casseroles and side dishes, not to mention desserts. Because abundance is important to such feasts, it usually happens that there will be leftovers. These leftovers will need to be stored, so they can stay fresh and be enjoyed at a later date. But storing leftovers needs to be done safely, and in the proper type of container. Read on to learn a few tips about storing your holiday leftovers.
When it comes to storing holiday leftovers, the most important thing is safety. Many people are not aware of this, but there are plastics that are actually not safe for long, or even short term food storage. This is because the compounds that make up the plastic are not stable, and may contaminate the food. According to Modernsurvivalblog.com, plastic containers safe for food storage are generally HDPE, LDPE, and PE plastics, while for liquids, PETE plastics are typically recommended.
The next most important tip is that your container should be airtight. Air is the number one accelerant to food going bad, so a container with a strong seal is preferred. This is particularly important with meats, fish, and dairy products that will go bad quickly.
Because holiday feasts usually involve a lot of time cooking, and all the mess that incurs, people tend to microwave their leftovers. If you use containers that are microwave safe, you can easily stick those mashed potatoes in the microwave and zap them until they are warm and delicious.
A final consideration is of course size and convenience. Storing food is like putting clean clothing in the drawer. Just like socks go with socks, and underwear with underwear, if you are able to store your leftovers in separate containers, you will better be able to use them over time, especially if you decide to freeze certain portions. And it should go without saying that no cooked meat, or other food, should be stored alongside raw meat, and that you should consume all goods before their expiration date.
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