The Reserve cans They are a product present in our pantries for decades. In fact, they are usually on the shopping list on a regular basis. However, on many occasions it is not known how to preserve cans.
Today we are going to explain to you what is the best way to store these metal containers at home and how to keep the food they contain in good condition.
How do you keep cans of canning?
One of the most important characteristics of tin cans is their long durability. They can keep food in perfect condition for up to three to five years from its manufacture and can contain almost any type of food, such as stews, legumes and bread. Although after its expiration date it may seem that they are still in good condition, the manufacturer's instructions should be followed and do not consume beyond the marked date.
Something that must be taken into account is that even if the container looks robust and hard, it can suffer damage. It is important to make sure that the container does not have any breakage if it is detected that it has suffered some kind of blow. A damage to the can may not affect its contents, but in case of breakage the food will most likely be in bad condition.
As would be done with other types of packaging, tin cans should be stored in a place with stable temperature and humidity. Even if food is well protected, high temperatures can spoil it and humidity can deteriorate the packaging. In case the can is rusted from moisture, if rust has affected the edges the food could be contaminated.
Finally, it is advised wash cans before opening. Especially the upper part, which is the one that comes into contact with the food when removing it. We will thus avoid that the bacteria found on the outside of the can end up in the product that we will consume.
How to store the cans once opened?
Cans come in many different sizes, so larger ones may not be consumed at once.
One of the most common mistakes is keeping the open can with the leftover product in the fridge. Doing this can cause the inside of the can to oxidize due to the humidity in the fridge, so the food will become contaminated. The best option is to store the excess product in a glass container or container, which is suitable and safe for refrigerators, respecting the time indicated by the manufacturer on the container. The containers with hermetic closure will be the most suitable to preserve the preserves.
For optimal conservation, it is important to keep the liquid that accompanies the food inside the can. This will help it stay fresh and maintain its full flavor.
It is also important to store the excess contents of the can in the lower part of the refrigerator, since the temperatures are lower in this part. This will preserve the food much better and will not suffer sudden changes in temperature when the refrigerator is opened.
Canned food should be handled as if it were a fresh product. Although it is processed, you must take care of the hygiene of the utensils with which you work. This implies washing them before and after handling.
Canned foods are one of the best ways to consume foods of all kinds and that they continue to have all their nutritional properties. Of course, keep in mind that they are processed products and, therefore, can have large amounts of salt. Consume them in moderation within a balanced diet.