Starting in mid-May, my email box begins filling up with questions about storing food in hot weather. There’s always a new heat wave in the news, and that gets people worried because food is particularly susceptible to the effects of high temperatures.
I wanted to share with you the answer I give to this question and some of the tips we use in our own home.
What IS too hot for food storage?
Food retains its nutrients, flavor, color, and texture when it is stored at 75 degrees Fahrenheit or cooler. It’s amazing how quickly food breaks down in hot temperatures. It won’t poison you, but for sure, it won’t be pleasant to eat.
Folks who are able to store food in basements in cool parts of the country have reported that even something like brown rice, which typically doesn’t have a long shelf life, have remained fresh tasting for ten years or more.
Protecting food from heat
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