Due to high moisture levels in the atmosphere, monsoon is the breeding time for bacteria, fungus and harmful pathogens. Food acts as a hotbed for the growth of germs as it provides required nourishment to microbes. No wonder, food gets spoiled so easily in this season. Here are some handy tips to help preserve food during monsoons.
Wrap vegetables such as cauliflower, beans, cabbage, spinach, coriander and capsicum in double sheets of newspaper and seal them in zip lock bags to prevent rotting. The newspaper will absorb the excess moisture and keep the veggies fresh.
3. Sugar and salt
Ingredients like sugar and salt, tend to get soggy during monsoon. Store them in airtight glass jars instead of aluminium or plastic jars. Adding some raw rice in the jar will help in absorbing any moisture inside.
For preventing spices like cardamom, cinnamon, pepper and bay-leaf from getting spoiled and tasteless, you should either sun dry them every fortnight or lightly toast them before storing.
5. Food grains
To keep worms from attacking your grains in the rainy season, store the pulses in the refrigerator or putting camphor pieces in the grains can also help in keeping worms at bay. You can also add dried neem leaves in the jars.
6. Dairy products
Milk and milk products like cheese, tofu, milk and yogurt are susceptible to contamination and spoilage by microorganisms. Keep yogurt in airtight conatiners and cheese should be tightly wrapped in parchment paper and then in plastic wrap.
7. Cooked food
If you want to consume cooked food at a later, put it in airtight containers in the refrigerator to avoid microbial contamination.
Wrap the bread slices properly and store them in the fridge. Toast the bread before you induldge in it to avoid chances of microbe contimanation.
9. Biscuits, cookies and chips
During monsoon, moisture makes biscuits, cookies and chips soggy. Wrap them in blotting paper and store in a dry container. Before cosuming, put them in the microwave for a minute.
10. Coffee beans and tea
Moisture spoils the taste of tea and makes coffee clump together. Store them in air-tight containers and put a little blotting paper in the box.