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Food Storage & Preservation

Image of a Woman with Shopping BagsAmericans spend about 6% of their total disposable income on food they eat at home. For a person earning $30,000.00 this is roughly $1,800.00 per year. If you are going to spend that amount of money on anything, it is important to know how to take care of it.


Image of a PantryThe first step to safe food storage is to not purchase food in dented cans or with open or damaged packaging. Next choose the correct place to store your food. Whether storing food in the refrigerator, the freezer, or the pantry, or preserving it to use later you can easily keep your food safe.

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Food preservation is the process of treating and handling food to stop or greatly slow down the loss of quality, edibility or nutritive value caused or accelerated by micro-organisms. You can preserve food through many processes from drying to smoking to using ionized radiation. The most popular methods for home use are canning and freezing.

Image of Canned FoodsCanning

Image of a Strawberry in a Block of IceFreezing