So much of our money goes for food, and the last thing we want to do is throw it away. Many of us tend to use up leftovers to avoid spending more, when we can utilize what we already have purchased. To save time, working moms tend to go shopping once a week. and prepare meals for the entire week. There are hidden dangers in keeping food too long, exposed, and out of date. Eating these can cause digestive problems; but, the biggest danger is the e-coli growing that most aren’t’ aware exists. On INSIDE EDITION, 1/10/2018, Donny Yoo, a food expert came in to give advice on knowing what is still safe to eat, how to properly store foods, and for how long.
Safety tips for storing leftovers and foods
- Never leave any foods uncovered. Yoo saw a leftover smoothie with a spoon in it and said to throw it away. Once you place anything in the fridge that is uncovered, bacteria can get into the food causing it to become contaminated. Do not wash grapes or any fruit and leave it uncovered. The food will grow toxins, if not covered. This is very dangerous for children to go in and grab grapes that are exposed to the air. Cover any leftovers with plastic wrap or the cover to the container.
- Meats like deli sandwich meat have a fast expiration date. If you purchase turkey at the deli, store it in an airtight container when you get home. If you open it and it appears shiny/slimy-trash it. It is full of toxins and has expired.
- Fish-never eat fish more than 3 days later. Fish expires before any other protein. Keep it covered and always reheat if it has been cooked. Any cooked food should be reheated to at least 165 deg.
- Always store raw meat in a container and never on the same shelf with other fruits. The bag from the market can be full of blood contaminates and spread E-coli in your fridge, especially on the shelf.
- Wash eggs before you cook them. If a shell falls into a pan, if you place an unwashed into water-it may have toxins all over the shell from not being properly cleaned when it was shipped.
- Milk, eggs, cheese, anything natural has an expiration date for a reason. Always discard any eatables after expiration.
- Close caps securely. Even if you have only had an opened jar or container just a few days and the top was not securely screwed or snapped into place-throw it out. It is contaminated if the air got into the food. This happens more in the freezer most times, allowing air to freeze on the food. Open frozen waffles in a freezer are full of contaminants. Always seal.
- If it smells bad, it is bad. As far as leftovers, if you open it and it has a pungent odor, throw it out. Same with fresh foods. This odor is bacteria. Pork needs to smell like pork and not chemicals.
- Throw out any cooked food that has been left at room temperature after 2 hrs.
- If raw greens are slimy, they are bad and full of bacteria.
Inside Edition gave hacks to keep foods last longer in 2015. Click here.
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