Summer heat and humid thunderstorm air quickly affect our food. Bread tends to form mold within a very short time, fruit becomes mushy and the milk sour. The initiative Too good for the bin reveals how food is stored at oppressively warm temperatures so that it lasts as long as possible. of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture.
The thermometer climbs towards the 30-degree mark and summer thunderstorms are announced for the evening: the best conditions for microorganisms. Because they reproduce particularly well in food when it is hot and humid. This reduces the shelf life of the food. If you pay attention to the correct storage in a stormy climate, you reduce the risk of food poisoning even with perishable items.
In summer heat: buy little, use up quickly!
Is the best bathing weather forecast? Then it is better to buy small quantities fresh and use the food quickly. Fridge and freezer are already very busy on these days: Drinks need to be cooled, ice cubes prepared and chocolates should now be better stored in the refrigerator. But with every product that ends up in the refrigerator, the temperature in the fridge and freezer also rises. Especially when it is hot, this means: Always shop enough for refrigerated products to have enough space and the refrigeration to keep the temperature.
When shopping: keep the cold chain with the cool bag!
In summer, purchases have to withstand temperatures of over 40 degrees in the car. Then it is particularly important to adhere to the cold chain. That means: the cool box or insulated bag should become a constant shopping companion. It is best to put dairy products, meat, frozen food and all heat-sensitive products in the shopping cart at the very end. After paying, you can quickly wander into the cooler bag and at home in the freezer or refrigerator.
In thunderstorm air: store bread in the refrigerator!
The sun stings and oppressive thunderstorm air draws in: Then it’s time to save bread and cake from mold. Because baked goods are particularly susceptible to heavy thunderstorms. They are best kept in the refrigerator now. But only for a short time. Because baked goods quickly lose their taste in the refrigerator. Therefore, bread usually belongs in the bread bin. This should be cleaned with vinegar water once or twice a week to prevent mold from forming. Another tip: Buy loaves of bread whole, because they last longer than sliced bread. Sliced bread slices have a larger attack surface for mold. For sliced bread, it is advisable to freeze individual slices and thaw them as required.
The following applies to fresh fruit: vegetable compartment instead of fruit bowl!
Even if it is still pleasantly cool in the kitchen, many fruits soften more quickly in summer due to the influence of heat and high humidity. Most fruits and vegetables are now best kept in the refrigerator. Local fruits generally love it cool. Few exotic species such as fig and kiwi are also allowed in the vegetable drawer. Whether paprika, cucumber or carrot: almost all vegetables prefer refrigeration. The exceptions are eggplant, tomato, potato and pumpkin.