One of the effects of the COVID-19 nationwide lockdown resulted in many of us stocking our homes up with a large variety of fruits, vegetables, pulses, grains and more. With the onset of monsoons and the continuing lockdown, food storage becomes an integral part of staying healthy and keeping our immunity up, as the nutritional value of the food products diminish in unfavourable storage conditions
Here are some tips to store food accurately during the monsoons:
One of the quickest food categories to go bad during this season are leafy greens! While it is ideal to avoid certain foods during monsoons, leafy greens being one of them, it is also important to clean, wash and store them properly as they wilt and slimy within days of purchase. The right way to store them would be to wash and rinse them in cold water and put them in the fridge in a box. Avoid storing them in plastic.
Fungus is highly active during the monsoons. Therefore, breads at home are more likely to turn mouldy or attract fungus faster in the monsoons than other seasons. Breads should be stored in airtight containers, and kept in refrigerators. Try and consume it within 2-3 days.
Moisture in the air is at its peak during this season, which makes powders like sugar, salt and other spices wet. One way to avoid this would be adding a little bit of roasted, uncooked rice in the powders and store them in airtight containers.
Pulses, Grains and Flours
The possibility of bugs and insects infesting flours and pulses is high during monsoons, therefore it is important to store them in glass jars, in the refrigerator so stop them from infesting. Adding dried neem leaves in the mix can prevent bugs and insects.
Cook as much as you can consume; avoid eating leftovers. Additionally, leaving food open and unattended is also not a feasible option during the season, at the risk of contamination, due to excessive amounts of flies in the air.
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