SEN My Changing World Food Storage
Food Storage Food can be divided into four main groups: dry foods – flour, sugar, pasta, rice semi-perishable foods – potatoes, apples, oranges, bread perishable foods – foods that go off easily and should be kept in the fridge frozen foods – foods to be kept for a longer time in the freezer.
Dry Foods Store dry foods in a dry cupboard. Any dampness would damage the food – it would make the sugar stick together! Always use the tinned food, pasta or rice that you already have in the cupboard first – not the new packet you have just bought. This should stop out-of-date food gathering at the back of the cupboard!
Semi-Perishable Food These foods do not need to go in the fridge. They include bread, which we often store in a bread bin. We can store root vegetables and most fruits in a cool cupboard or rack.
Perishable Foods(foods that go off easily) These foods should be kept in the fridge: • eggs, cheese, cooked ham or beef, milk, yoghurt, raw meat, chicken and fish. Remember that: • raw food should go on the bottom shelves; and • cooked foods should go on the upper shelves.
Frozen Foods • These should be kept in the freezer at -18ºC. • All frozen foods need to be defrosted safely. • Never refreeze frozen foods.