Introduction – Preserving The Nourishment That Sustains Us
Food and water are vital to our survival – this goes without saying. Despite our necessity of requiring constant and periodic nourishment – both solid and liquid – such nourishment, if not preserved, treated, and stored properly, can have the exact opposite effect. It can leave us sick, poison our bodies, and leave us feeling sour, both physically and mentally.
The Dangers of Spoiled Nourishment.
People have sought means to guard themselves against what is known as food poisoning for millennia. Slowly but steadily they learned the nature of food spoilage – the cause of food poisoning. Methods and understandings were developed to delay, mitigate, and detect it – for it was, in fact, the diseases spread by spoiled food that can be both painful and dangerous to one’s survival.
The Importance of Food Temperature Measurement and Management.
One of the most straightforward and efficient means of combating food spoilage (the cause of food poisoning), is to enact a process of strict food temperature management. To simplify, maintain the temperature of stored consumables to appropriate standards that are specific to the consumable in question, as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Not every consumable (condiments, frozen meats, vegetables, etc.) necessarily needs to, or can, be stored at the same temperature. And some consumables have a longer shelf life than others, so it’s important to know the self-life and recommended storage practices for each consumable.
Some condiments can be stored at room temperature almost indefinitely, like ketchup, mustard, and hot sauce. Others, like mayonnaise, must be refrigerated after opening. Meats must always be stored frozen in a freezer until thawed to cook. Afterward, they must be re-thawed, or thrown away, since meats contain frozen bacterium and are the most likely type of food to cause disease if mishandled.
Being vital for survival, food and edibles need proper management and use to prevent food poisoning. Spoiled food is robbed of the very nutrients necessary to survival and instead causes our bodies to rot away with disease and discomfort.