The COVID-19 pandemic in recent days has changed the mindset and daily life habits of many people. One of the activities with the most obvious changes is one’s shopping habits. The situation is bad, but that’s why right now we are forced to behave more calmly and rationally than ever.
Running around to buy supplies at a panic state has never been a safety measure. Because it only increases the risk of infection, the possibility of unfortunate accidents and destabilizing the market.
10 Foods suitable to “store” in your house during the COVID-19 pandemic
“When stored at temperatures below 7 degrees Celsius in the fridge, chicken eggs can extend their shelf life from 45 to 90 days,” said Kevin Murphy, a food safety expert and professor of Hotel and Restaurant Services at the University of Central Florida .
Hard-boiled eggs can be stored in the refrigerator for 1 week. A trick to check if an egg is broken is to place the eggs in a bowl of cool water. If the eggs sink and lie completely at the bottom of the bowl, it is still fresh. On the contrary, if the egg floats, you should not eat it.
In the frozen condition, packages of fruits and vegetables are safe to use for 8 – 10 months. Because fruits and vegetables are often packed and refrigerated when they are still fresh. After ‘thawing’ they retain their nutritional value and freshness.
At room temperature and in the packaging, dried fruit has a shelf life of up to 6 months. However, if stored in the refrigerator sealed, dried fruits can be stored for up to a year.
Noodles, dried pasta
Dried macaroni well packed and stored in cool condition can be kept for up to 2 years.
While fresh noodles, pasta can only be used from 4 to 5 days past the expiry date, dried pasta carefully packed and stored in cool conditions can be eaten for up to 2 years.
However, if it has been cooked, both noodles and macaroni must be quickly used within 7 days even if stored in the refrigerator. For its fresh form, macaroni and noodles can be stored for up to 6 more months in the freezer compartment.
If kept in the refrigerator, fresh meats, including poultry, will only last a few days. But in frozen conditions, they will have shelf life of up to 3-4 months. A frozen whole chicken can even be stored for 1 year.
According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA): “Food poisoning bacteria cannot grow in the freezing environment of the freezer, so no matter how long the food is frozen, you have peace of mind processing it.”
In addition, canned meat without high acidity such as SPAM, canned minced beef without tomato sauce… when sealed, is safe to eat for more than 1 year after the expiration date.
Frozen fish can last up to 6-9 months while smoked fish can last 6 months in the freezer. In addition, sealed canned fish (such as tuna) kept in the freezer compartment can be used for a long time after the shelf life, up to 2-5 years.
At room temperature, in a cool and dry environment, packaged bread will not spoil within 7 days.
If you want to extend the shelf life of your bread, store it in the freezer. Frozen bread has a shelf life of at least 3 months. Signs that bread has “expired” are on the surface of the bread – tiny moldy marks.
Experts said that honey has a very long shelf life. Preserved in tightly sealed glass bottles at temperatures below 27 degrees C and in dry conditions, honey has a shelf life of more than 10 years.
Depending on how it is stored, it may darken, lose its fragrance, or crystallize. However, they are still edible. According to studies, crystallized honey is a natural process when the sugar in honey precipitates causing its glucose molecule to be separated from the water.
You just need to put the honey jar in warm water and stir with a spoon. The crystallized parts will gradually dissolve. The ideal time to use honey is within 2 years.
But this type of food can spoil if subjected to excessive moisture. For hot and humid climates, it is best to preserve honey in the exact above conditions.
When stored in a cool, dark environment, away from sunlight, potatoes have a shelf life of up to several months. These foods turn green when exposed to sunlight and produce a substance called solanine that can cause poisoning. In addition, we should not store potatoes in the fridge or freezer because they have the potential to create carcinogens.
Dried legumes can be stored for up to 10 years just by being placed in a dry place. However, in reality, their nutritional value will fade over time. To take advantage of the deliciousness and nutrients of the dried legumes, experts encourage people to use them within 1-2 years depending on the type of legumes.
Legumes are what you should stock during the pandemic because they are considered to be a rich source of protein, no less than meat and fish. In addition to being rich in protein, legumes are also rich in fiber and healthy vitamins.