Alternative Ways to Preserve Your Food – Guest Post by Joe Baldwin

 

According to an essay paper, written by an old friend, when well-to-do folks talk about preserving food, they usually mean refrigeration. Even though refrigeration is a fine way to preserve food, there are still downsides to it. Imagine that the entire region was infiltrated by a storm, leaving you with no electricity. You enter your house and find that all the food you’ve stocked in the fridge was spoiled. What now? When experiencing this sorts of calamities, food will be hard to come by, and with your food spoilt, you’ll having nothing to eat until the storm passes. That being said, it’s important to note that there are also alternative ways we can preserve our food.

Pickling

This is fairly easy. You just soak the food in vinegar to stop bacteria growth. There are also other means of pickling your food such as salt pickling and sugar pickling.

Pickling is usually done to cucumbers, but there are also other foods that are good for pickling such as celery, beets, cauliflower, figs, green beans, grapes, tomatoes, peppers, pears, pig’s feet, and other meats and veggies.

Smoking    

The best way to preserve red meat and fish is by smoking them. A smoker can be bought either online or at a near store, and it’ll come everything you need for food preservation, such as shelves, and a housing unit, to trap the heat and smoke. But if a smoker doesn’t fit your budget, or if you feel like a smoker isn’t really worth your money, and then you can just build your own smoker using a barrel or a trash can.

This food preservation technique involves a slow cooking process.  Basically, you just cook the meat in the smoker for a long period of time, setting the temperature to 150 degrees.  Not only does smoking add flavor to the meat, it also stops all the bacteria from growing., as well as gives the meat a barrier, protecting it from molds. The entire smoking process can take up from 12 to 36 hours, depending on the thickness of the meat.

Fermentation

When we hear the word fermentation, the first thing that usually pops into our heads are tangy foods such as sauerkraut, but there are other types of food we can get from this preservation process. For example, fermented barley results to wine, and fermented milk results to sugar.

Fermenting food means to use microorganism to transform carbohydrates to alcohol. So, how does it work? How can yeasts and other types of bacteria help us preserve our food? To put it simply, bacteria feeds off sugar in food and produce acid. It doesn’t sound very appealing, does it? but despite how it sounds, it’s actually quite healthy. The acid produced by the bacteria gives the food a tangy taste, making it safe to store. With that, you’ll have to cover the fermented food with salt and let it sit for a couple of days or weeks, based on the types and quantities of food you’re fermenting.

Root cellar

Storing root crops and fruits in a root cellar could just be the kind of food preservation technique you’re looking for. As a matter of fact, it’s one of the best food preservation techniques you’ll ever find. Doing this, you’ll be able to keep your food in its original form for months. Food like apples, carrots, onions, beets, and potatoes can survive the whole winter when stored in a root cellar.

There’s one secret for root crop preservation, and that’s to leave the dirt on the floor. Why? The dirt helps give off just the right amount of humidity, as well keep the root cellar cool.

Joe Baldwin is an American professional article writer for https://essaylook.com. He studied English literature and creative writing and has wide experience writing online web content including blogs, web page content, news, public relations, press releases, long form sales and industrial presentations.

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