Improper use of food wrap can lead to increased bacterial growth in food. Photo: Shutterstock

Using food wrap is a common practice for most Vietnamese when it comes to storing food and other perishables. However, according to Colonel and Doctor Le Thi Thu Ha, Head of the Nutrition Department at Army Medical University Hospital 175 (Ministry of National Defense), improper use of food wrap can increase the risk of bacterial contamination.

To ensure optimal food storage, consider the following tips for using food wrap effectively.

5 Things to Keep in Mind When Using Food Wrap

– Choose the right food wrap

Select a food wrap that is suitable for the type of food you want to store. For instance, opt for an antibacterial food wrap when storing meat, fish, and frozen products.

– Use it correctly

Make sure the product is completely sealed. Remove air from the food wrap to minimize oxidation and the impact of air on the food.

– Store at the right temperature

Food wrapped in food wrap should be stored at the appropriate temperature. For instance, frozen food should be stored at -18 degrees Celsius or lower. Fresh food should also be stored at lower temperatures to prolong its shelf life.

– Check regularly

Regularly inspect the food to ensure it hasn’t spoiled or gone bad. If the product has spoiled or is no longer edible, discard it immediately.

Food should be consumed on the same day it is prepared. If using food wrap, ensure you choose the right type, seal it tightly, and don’t leave it wrapped for extended periods. Photo: Pexels

– Pay attention to the expiration date

Do not use expired food wrap. Always opt for a new food wrap to ensure quality and effectiveness.

Additionally, it’s important to remember that food wrap is not a long-term food storage solution. It only helps prolong the shelf life of food for a short period.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

Here are some mistakes to avoid when using food wrap, as they can lead to food spoilage and increase the risk of bacterial growth and toxin accumulation.

– Not sealing properly and using it for too long

If you don’t remove air from the food wrap, the trapped air will accelerate oxidation and create an environment conducive to bacterial growth.

Moreover, avoid using food wrap for extended periods, as it may tear, providing an entry point for bacteria and toxins.

– Using low-quality food wrap

Using a low-quality food wrap can allow air and moisture to penetrate, increasing the likelihood of tears and providing an opportunity for bacteria and toxins to accumulate.

– Using the wrong type of food wrap

Using the wrong type of food wrap for different types of food can lead to faster spoilage and increased bacterial growth.

To ensure proper use of food wrap, remember to seal the food tightly, opt for high-quality food wrap suitable for the type of food, remove air from the wrap, inspect the food regularly, and avoid using the wrap for extended periods.

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