Greedy eyes usually make you impulsive to buy various types of food you want and not you need and if this desire being followed then it’s not uncommon for you to not being able to finish the various food you had buy and some food will being left behind.
However, don’t worry because you can actually storing and reheat the leftovers for later use.
How ? Find the answer in this article.
Healthy Methods to store and re-heat leftover food
Of course you will feel sorry if food that has been purchased or cooked must be wasted because you already full. In fact, the food can still be stored to be eaten at a later time. Therefore, you may storing the food and re-heat the food when you need it, but this should be done in healthy methods to make the nutritions contained in the food not lost.
Healthy Methods for Storing leftover food
1. Make sure you had setup the right temperature for your refrigerator first
To be safer, check the temperature of the refrigerator before storing the leftover food in it. Because, not all refrigerator or freezer temperatures can be used for storing leftover food.
For example, the refrigerator temperature should be at 4-5 degrees Celsius. Meanwhile, the freezer temperature should be at -18 degrees Celsius. If you don’t know how to measure the refrigerator temperature in your home then you can use a thermometer to find out the refrigerator temperature.
When you store your leftover food in the refrigerator, also make sure to put the food correctly, to make sure there is air space between one food container and other food container. This will make it easier for refrigerator cold air to cooling your food.
2. Set aside leftover food in proper arrangement
If you want to storing the leftover food and re-heat them later then you must separate the food in proper arrangement so the leftover food will not smell and stale easily.
If possible, arrange the leftover food according to the portion you normally use to eat. This method is considered safer to make the leftover food not easily smell or stale. Also, don’t forget to storing it in a air-free food container.
You can also make a label for each food container. Also don’t forget to write the date when the food was stored. This make it easy for you to know what food is in each container and how long you have storing it.
3. Storing the food at the right time
If you want to storing your leftover food, make sure you do it right. For example, when you feel the food you eat will be left over, you should immediately storing it in the food container and put it in the refrigerator.
Leaving leftover food for too long can potentially damage the food and increasing the growth of bacteria in the food. Meanwhile, leftover food can stay in the refrigerator for up to four or five days, and may last up to six months if stored in the freezer.
Re-heat leftover food
If you already understand how to storing leftover food in healthy methods that are right and safe, now is the time for you to learn how to re-heat leftover food using healthy methods.
1. Take out the leftover food stored in the freezer
If you had storing leftover food in the freezer and want to heat the food, you must take out the food first until the frozen condition on the food is gone. Because, you can not directly heat the food that are still frozen.
However, you should know that you should not pour hot water into frozen leftover food since it will make the bacteria in the food to multiply faster easily.
To melting frozen leftover food, it’s better to put it in the refrigerator and leave it for about 24 hours. If you need a faster method then you can put that frozen leftover food in a container and then put the container into a basin of warm water and let it sit for a moment. Change the water once every 30 minutes until the food is no longer frozen.
2. Use the right equipment to heat leftover food
Avoid using equipment that takes a long time to heat a food. For example, you can use a microwave with high enough temperature to heat the food or beside using a microwave you can use a pan if you want heating soup, sauce form seasoning, or soupy meal and heat the pan by using your kitchen stove with right temperature.
Basically, you may use any method to heating leftover food but you must first check the device temperature you will use to make sure that you are using the right equipment to heat up the leftover food.
3. Don’t eat food which has just been heated up
If you use a microwave to heat up the food, you should avoid eating it right after taken out from the microwave. It would be better if you waiting approximately for three minutes after taken out from the microwave.
Because the microwave in the food will continue to heat up the food even if you had take it out from the microwave until the food is fully cooked and this effect may fade after three minutes being taken out from the microwave.
That’s all you need to know how to storing leftover food and how to re-heating it so you can consuming back the leftover food in healthy methods