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Oxygen Another Enemy of Food Storage

Jars vacuumed sealed with a Food Saver.

Today I will write about how oxygen affects the shelf life of food.  Oxygen supports the growth of microorganisms and causes changes in color.  Aerobic bacteria and fungi are able to grow in a oxygen rich  environment.  It also lets insects thrive and feed on your food.  Removing the oxygen prevents these changes from happening and kills the insects.  This will greatly increase the shelf life of your food.

Currently there are three common methods to protect your long-term dry pack from the affects of oxygen, vacuum sealing, oxygen absorbers and fumigation with dry ice.…

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Enemies of Food Storage

Food stored in temperature controlled area.

The first rule of food storage can be summed up in the acronym HALT.  It stands for the four enemies of good food storage.  These are Humidity, Air (oxygen), Light, and Temperature.  This is the basis of all food storage

To get the maximum storage life of your food you need to protect it from these four enemies. This will also preserve the maximum amount of nutrition.

  • Store your food at constant temperature of between 40 – 70 degrees.
  • Protect your foods from exposure to moisture and high humidity.
  • Protect your foods from exposure to oxygen.
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