How To Store Food In Plastic Buckets
Many of us store food in plastic buckets. Plastic buckets or containers are one of the ideal ways of storing food. Be it a kitchen shelf, freezer or the kitchen store, plastic buckets and containers can be found everywhere. But one should not store food in plastic buckets just because you have it, storing must ensure food life and food safety too.
There are many types of plastic buckets available in the market. However, you must know which one will be the best for storage. Before storing food in plastic buckets, make sure that the plastic is of a good quality. You can also look for a resin identification number mentioned on the bucket or else check with the store owner regarding plastic safety.
Polypropylene or PP is one of the best plastic for food storage.
Clean the bucket with sponge and soapy solution before you store the food in plastic buckets. Wipe the bucket with a towel and let it dry. Though, there can be a dishwasher safe mark on the plastic bucket, washing plastic buckets and containers with hand increases the plastic life. If there is moisture in the bucket and the food is stored, the chances of food getting spoiled are more.
Put the food that is to be stored, in the plastic buckets. Also, before storing, check that the food is at the room temperature. Avoid overfilling the bucket. Leave at least an inch space on the top. Close the lid of the bucket firmly and store it according to the food.
If you have used it for storing dry foods such as grains and cereals, keep it in a cool, dark place. These foods can be easily stored in the plastic buckets for a period of one year. However, one needs to check the food stored in plastic buckets, every two months.
But if there is anything liquid or something which needs refrigeration, keep it in the freezer so that it lasts long. Wipe the outer surface of the plastic bucket with a towel before freezing it.
Storing food in plastic buckets is very easy but it is important to know which plastics should be avoided.
If you want to store food in plastic bucket, make sure that the plastic is not PVC or polystyrene.
PVC or Polyvinyl chloride contains toxins which can get easily transferred to food. Polystyrene plastics are available as cups, egg cartons and disposables. They should be used only for party purposes and not for food storage. This plastic can also transfer toxic materials to food if stored for long.
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