A Kitchen For All Seasons
Monday, December 10, 2018
Cooking is not just about following recipes. A good kitchen manager also knows how to store and save resources in the kitchen.
Summer is when you may buy mangoes in bulk, but food gets spoilt faster due to the humidity and heat. To avoid this, refrigerate raw vegetables and meat, and set the thermostat to the coolest level. Keep cooked dishes and raw food separately as bacteria from raw foods may contaminate cooked food. Leave space for air circulation. Try not to store things for too long; buy supplies every 2-3 days than eat potentially harmful food. Store dry goods like pulses in airtight containers. Wait for hot foods (cooked curries, etc.) to reach room temperature before refrigerating. However, do not let them cool completely as disease-causing bacteria grow on perishable foods within 1-2 hours.
Storing food during the rains can be tricky. Microbial growth tends to spoil most foods in this season. Ingredients like salt, sugar and ground pepper tend to become moist and runny during the rains, so store them away from damp areas in airtight glass containers. Keep a bit of raw rice in bottles to absorb moisture. A common problem in the monsoon is storing bread, as it tends to get mouldy. To prevent this, wrap it in plastic or foil, and store it in the refrigerator. Wash vegetables well, wrap them in newspapers and place them in sealed zip-lock bags to keep them fresh. Crunchy snacks like cookies, biscuits, potato chips, etc., often get soggy during monsoon. Wrap them in blotting paper and store them in dry containers.
Although storing food in winter is easier, you cannot leave things on the countertop for several days. When storing fruits like apples, wrap each one individually. Keep jars of pickle in a dry, dark place like a closed cabinet. For parsley, lettuce and similar herbs, shake off the extra water and wrap them loosely in a small towel. Store them in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator. To keep banans fresher for long, wrap some plastic/cling wrap tightly around the stems.
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