In today’s fast-paced life, few have time to prepare freshly cooked meals daily. But cooking fresh foods is not enough. One should know how to properly pack foods as well.
By Claire P
It does not take much time and effort to prepare your own meals. It might seem tiring but it is not only healthy and can prevent a host of diseases. For instance, one can always prepare salads or cook food in large batches and store it to consume over the next few days. This can prove useful if you have a big family to feed. You get to prepare healthy food and you know exactly what goes into their food.
There are so many ways to go about preparing your own food. You can do canning at home. Or just opt for vacuum-packed chilled food items and bottled drinks. Whatever you decide to do, there is one thing you need to be sure of when packing or storing food - food safety is of utmost importance.
It’s important to properly pack food because this simple act can prevent you and your family from getting sick due to foodborne illnesses. These kinds of illnesses can be easily prevented if one just takes a few simple steps to pack food.
Plus, it’s even more important for you to properly pack food if there are kids under 4 years of age, elderly adults, or people with immune deficiency in your family. Children under 4 years old are especially susceptible to infections from foodborne microbes such as Salmonella. For the elderly and those with weak immune systems, intestinal pathogens could be fatal. Even if you’re a healthy adult, you still have to be careful with how you handle food because some foodborne illnesses such as those caused by E.coli can wreak havoc on vital organs like the kidney.
For food manufacturers, the problem lies in enforcing food safety rules and complying with food safety standards. If you’re the one doing the food handling and preparation though, the problem usually lies with the failure to make sure that the food is cooked and stored at proper temperature levels, and that the surfaces and storage containers are clean.
Does your daughter love chocolates? Does your son demand a banana for breakfast every day? Unfortunately, some of the foods your children love might soon be on their way to extinction.
Proper packing of food is crucial to avoid foodborne illness. It starts from preparation until the food is packed until it is ready for consumption. It doesn’t hurt to be careful. Not only should you make sure your packed lunch is healthy – it must also be safe to eat.
Claire works as an engineer at Brillopak, a Robot Palletising and Palletisation machine manufacturing company in UK. Apart from designing, Claire loves to blog. You can find her trying out new recipes, playing drums or cheering in stands for Falmer Stadium.
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