Health Tip: Using Frozen and Canned Foods
-- For families on the go, frozen and canned goods can be a lifesaver. But they're no excuse to ignore food safety rules.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers this advice:
- Don't buy or use any cans with dents, bulges or leaks.
- Store all canned produce in areas that are cool and dry. Avoid storing these goods in damp places, such as near the stove or sink, garage or basement.
- For acidic foods such as tomatoes, store only up to 18 months. For non-acidic foods such as meats and vegetables, two to five years.
- Wash cans before you open them to avoid contaminating the contents.
- At the store, select frozen foods from the back of the freezer where they're often kept colder.
- Tightly wrap all frozen foods and date them; make sure they are stored at 0 degrees Fahrenheit or below.
- Never refreeze foods that have been thawed.
Posted: January 2013