Store Food The Techie Way
You can find all types of food storage/safety charts online, but the experts are making it even easier to understand food and beverages storage. The Foodkeeper App, developed by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, Cornell University and the Food Marketing institute, is an easy way for consumers to keep their food safe. The app provides valuable advice on storing foods and beverages to maximize freshness and minimize food waste. By helping users understand food storage, the app empowers consumers to select methods that extend shelf life and keep items fresh longer than if they were not properly stored.
Available for Android and Apple devices, the app offers users storage advice about more that 400 food and beverage items including various types of baby food dairy products, poultry, produce, seafood and more. With the app, you can pick up all types of tidbits including the specific storage timelines for the pantry, refrigerator and freezer depending on the nature of the product, and much more.
The USDA estimates that 21% of the available food in the U.S. goes uneaten at the consumer level. In total, 36 pounds of food per person is wasted each month at the retail and consumer levels because home cooks are not sure of the quality or safety of items at the retail and consumer levels!
The Foodkeeper App will help you understand how different storing methods affect a product’s shelf life. This should help you maximize the storage life of foods and beverages in your home. In addition, the application can remind you to use items before they are likely to spoil. Record in your devices’ calendar when products were purchased and receive notifications when they are nearing the end of their recommended storage date. Submit a question to USDA using the ‘Ask Karen’ feature of the application. ‘Ask Karen’ is USDA’s 24/7 virtual representative. The system provides information about preventing food borne illness, safe food handling and storage, and safe preparation of meat, poultry, and egg products. For more information on the Foodkeeper App go to foodsafety.gov.
STORE FOOD THE TECHIE WAY WITH THE FOODKEEPER APP!