Helpful Food Shopping and Home Storage Hints
- Try to make food shopping your last errand before going home.
(This reduces the time your perishable groceries will be without
- Buy the best quality, freshest foods available to you. (Let
your eyes and your nose guide your selection.)
- Choose packages that are not torn, broken, or past "sell
by" or "use by" dates (if available).
- Select frozen and refrigerated foods just before going to the
- Buy pasteurized milk and eggnog. (Avoid raw milk from the farm
and homemade eggnog.)
Avoid frozen foods that are not frozen solid or cans of any food that
are bulging, leaking, dented or rusty.
- Choose Grade A and AA eggs that are refrigerated and uncracked;
buy only the amount needed for one or two weeks.
- Pack raw meat and poultry products separately from other groceries;
prevent their juices from dripping on other foods.
Store Perishables Promptly
- Avoid leaving frozen or refrigerated food in a warm place,
particularly in your car. (Transport perish-able foods in an ice-packed,
insulated cooler during summer.)
- Refrigerate all products marked "keep refrigerated";
freeze those with "keep frozen" labels.
- Refrigerate eggs in original carton.
- Leave product in store wrap unless torn; re-wrap in plastic
if package is leaking (especially raw meat and poultry); double
wrap in aluminum foil or freezer plastic if product is to be frozen
for more than a couple of months.
- Date all undated products and rotate older products to front
- Always store foods in clean, dry places away from household
cleaners and where pets, rodents and insects can't get at them.
(Do not store foods under the sink.)