Preparing For The Pandemic: How To Store Essential Food For Longer Shelf Life During The Lockdown

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How To Store Essential Food During Lockdown
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April 23, 2020

Right To Protein Team

Preparing For The Pandemic: How To Store Essential Food For Longer Shelf Life During The Lockdown

As our grocery runs reduce in the ongoing extended lockdown period, keeping a well-stocked pantry is crucial. What’s equally important is to store every item correctly. Simply dumping them in the refrigerator or leaving them outside in humid conditions tend to spoil the grocery leading to waste of resources.

Instead, proper storage practices can extend their shelf-life, especially for few perishable and non-perishable foods. So, you can plan healthier meals in advance, maintain your overall well-being as well as cut down your food costs, minimize waste in your kitchen and meet your daily protein requirements efficiently.

Here are five foods that have a long shelf life and will help you last the lockdown.

Fish: Shelf life: 3-6 Days

A great source of high-quality protein, seafood is an essential part of meals if you are a non-vegetarian. It can be eaten with noodles, rice, pasta or as a standalone dish. Fish is a great source of nutrients and a better alternative for red meats as it has less fats and fewer calories. Storing fish in the coldest part of your refrigerator helps preserve it for longer. Additionally, if you have cooked fish that’s left over from previous meal, it’s a good practice to store it in a tightly closed container to retain its freshness, taste and moisture.

Milk Alternatives: Shelf life 3-4 Days once opened

Whether it’s soy milk, almond milk, or coconut milk, there are a variety of healthy dairy alternatives that are great substitutes for fresh milk, have higher shelf life and are equally nutritious. Placing them at the back of the refrigerator shelf rather than by the door, helps avoid the impact of temperatures fluctuating due to frequent opening of the door.

Vegetables and fruits: Potatoes and Onions: Shelf life: 3 to 5 weeks

Baby Potatoes, large potatoes or onions can last for up to three to five weeks. Sweet potatoes have about the same shelf life. However, they should not be stored next to onion. While they might pair well in cooking, when raw, each releases gases and moisture that might cause the other to spoil faster. Additionally, potatoes and onions can largely be cooked by themselves and can be included in every Indian recipe, so stocking them smartly makes them perfect for a long lockdown.

Nuts and seeds: Shelf life 5-7 weeks

Walnuts, cashews, peanuts, almonds, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds, are great sources of protein. They can also last for months if stored smartly. Nuts and seeds are not only good for snacking but can also be thrown into oats, morning cereals etc. It’s good to keep most nuts, especially walnuts and cashews, in the refrigerator because they can turn bad in warm conditions. Since nuts often soak in the odours around them, storing them in air-tight containers help them stay fresh. Seeds, meanwhile, can be stored in a cool dark place in air-tight glass or ceramic containers as they can rot in plastic.

Beans, grains, and lentils: Shelf life 12 to 18 months

Soya beans, black beans, rice, quinoa kidney beans, lentil and other varieties of grains are a great source of protein that are non-perishable and are essential staple foods in India. They are must-haves in the pantry considering their long shelf-life. It’s best to store them away from sunlight. Use air-tight containers and keep them in a cool, dry place.

As always, though, make sure you smell your food before you cook it, to ensure it’s still fresh and avoid any chance of food-borne illness. And, the next time you make your grocery buying list or stock up your pantry, ensure that you store the items correctly too.

**No diet or lifestyle modification – aside from physical distancing, and practicing proper hygiene – can protect you from developing COVID-19. The strategies outlined above may boost your immune health, but they don’t protect specifically against COVID-19.

Protein-O-Meter

The amount of protein you need depends on your weight, goals, and lifestyle. Protein-O-Meter will take your body-composition and activity level into account to estimate your protein needs. Start with the number given by the calculator, see how that makes you feel, and try adjusting your protein level up or down to see what amount makes you feel good and perform well!

Protein Index

Find out all about whole foods that are protein heroes! Achieve your fitness goals by finding out just how much protein you should incorporate to stay nourished.

Protein-O-Meter

The amount of protein you need depends on your weight, goals, and lifestyle. Protein-O-Meter will take your body-composition and activity level into account to estimate your protein needs. Start with the number given by the calculator, see how that makes you feel, and try adjusting your protein level up or down to see what amount makes you feel good and perform well!

Protein Index

Find out all about whole foods that are protein heroes! Achieve your fitness goals by finding out just how much protein you should incorporate to stay nourished.

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