Storing Food Items
So ideally storing food would seem easier task in today's time, when we have super markets blooming in every corner of the city, thus taking the load off us to buy and store things in bulk.
However, for economical reasons and others, there are certain items that would need some thought processing on how to go about stocking them.
In all possibilies, food is categorized as Perishable or Non-Perishable item. Non perishable are actually the one's that have relatively higher shelf life.
Without sounding too scientific here..let me tell you about how I store some of the food items.
This is the topic I chose for BM 20 and would like to make most of it by giving you an inner glimpse of what lies behind the closets. (almost!)
Dairy Food Products
Most food items under this category would call for space in refrigerator. So having fixed size of boxes or containers that fit the refrigerator shelf. Cheese of certain types can easily be stored at room temperatures - at a cool dry spot
Spices & Herbs
Raw spices if you plan to store for than months to come then they are better off in the refrigerator. I found these stackable containers that fit the freezer door compartment. I use it to retain the freshness of my cinnamon, store sesame seeds, dessicated coconut, kasuri methi etc,
Vegetables & Fruits
The vegetables obviously have a very small shelf life. Most refrigerators come with a fantastic compartmentalized arrangements to store them.
Also, there are these stackable and sealable flat boxes that help me stock some vegetables neatly. They are layered and hence gives me the option of saving space in the refrigerator and also segregate the vegetables for easy use
Dry Fruits & Nuts
I have these containers that sit well in the freezer section to store some rare and exotic dry fruits. For the larger quantity nuts like Almonds and Cashews I store them at room temperature (Not for more than 4-5 months in Mumbai)
Fresh Herbs & Spices
The masala box, is something that comes handy when you are in rush hour. I found this Lock and Lock version that has four compartments. Helps me a lot
Grains & Pulses
Since there are packs available from 500 gms now, it is easy to store the grains and other lesser staple food items in these vacuum packed boxes. They help keep the summer pests at bay even at room temperaturesFor larger quantities there are the regular stainless steel boxes
I also have magic box - the indian masala box (paala in marathi) that stores the regularly uses dry spice mixes.
Hope you had fun reading how I store food in kitchen....