Having trouble in preserving food during summer? Want to enjoy the taste of fruits and vegetables that have gone off season? Then we are here to give you a few tips regarding how to preserve your food.
As the time has passed, there are several techniques being discovered for food preservation. It is done basically for the sake of protecting food from decay or spoilage. Preserved food not only satisfies our desire to taste those foods but also adds variety to the dining table.
The handy and simple techniques to preserve seasonal food are,
This is the safest method to preserve your food if done properly. In this process, food is kept in container and heated to the degree where the micro-organisms that spoil the food are killed. When food is given heat, air evaporates from the container and after that it is cooled down. During the cooling process a vacuum seal is formed which prevents the air infested with microorganisms to enter the food again. Here the food is heated, being covered with boiling water and is cooked for some time.
There are two methods of canning, first one is the water bath method which has been mentioned above and is the best one also for preserving fruits, jams, pickles or tomatoes. While the other one is pressure canning, which is perfect for preserving vegetables, seafood and meats. In this process, food is placed in pressure cooker while being kept in containers. These containers are placed in the presence of water which is heated to 115 degrees Celsius.
This is the easiest way to preserve your food. This technique is good for preserving fresh fruits, vegetables, cakes and breads, and, fish and meats. First, there is packaging, then preparing and finally freezing of food. Freezing the food prevents it from spoiling till the time and keep it fresh till the time we want to eat it.
Here it should be kept in mind that green vegetables are to be blanched before they are frozen. Furthermore, this would be a useful tip that while freezing the meat, cut it in meal size portions so that when you want to use it you just get that portion and do not need to pack and unpack it.
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