Food is essential for people, and keeping stocks of food in storage containers ensures that one will have enough to sustain themselves for a week, a month, or even longer periods of time. It is important not to just store food anywhere, but to keep it in a place where it will be away from pests and vermin.
In early times, food was stored in large buildings which were elevated to reduce the chances of infestation. Other ways such as baskets were also used, and are still being done so. Today, people have many options when it comes to food storage containers. They may be placed in plastic containers, metal containers, or disposable containers. There are even refrigerators that are very useful for storing a wide variety of food and preserving them.
Food products that are usually stored in refrigerators are dairy like cheese, butter, yogurt, and milk; salad dressings, mayonnaise, vegetables, produce, oils, and fruit. Drinks such as juice or soft drinks are also stored in there. The refrigerator also has a freezer which is used to store food that needs to be kept in low temperatures. These include frozen food like meat and fish, whole grains, and ice cream. A refrigerator usually has a separate section where you can put fruits and vegetables and is not as cold as the main section. The door area also contains storage sections, and even has a dedicated spot for placing eggs. Refrigerators are staple storage containers that can be found in most, if not all, households; they come in different shapes, sizes, and even styles.
Dry foods are usually placed in pantries. These include cereals, canned goods, pastas, flavor enhancers, ingredients, baking supplies, and food staples; snacks are also placed here, like cookies, chips, and crackers. There is also what is called a cold pantry, where foods that have to be kept in dry, low-temperatures are placed. Commonly placed stocks in cold pantries are pastries, breads, eggs, butter, fresh fruit, and berries.
Plastic food storage containers have become a standard for most, but plastics come with some health concerns, especially those not made from the right kind of plastic. Many of these containers are only meant to last for a certain period of time, and may be harmful beyond that. Thankfully, there are alternatives that can be used. One alternative is making use of glass jars which can be used over and over. Aside from jars, there are also other glass containers available out there. Another alternative is stainless steel containers, which are light-weight, and will last a long time. Ceramic containers are also used, but are difficult to keep airtight.
It is important that food storage containers be of good quality to ensure the preservation of food. High quality containers keep food fresh for longer periods of time, keep bacteria away, and prevent any chemical contamination. There are certain things to keep in mind when looking for containers: first, the container must be air tight. This is so that bacteria will be kept out and to prevent mold; the container must also be durable and be resistant to scratching, warping, cracking, and chipping. Warped or cracked containers can prevent the lid from being shut tight, or let bacteria in, and any scratch can be a haven for bacteria. This is why steel or glass containers are more preferred when storing food. It is best to know the quality of the containers being bought and even spend a little more so as not to end up with a container that can potentially affect the food, which will affect the health of the person eating it.