A major feature of the Ramadan season, alongside the praying and fasting, is giving of alms. As s such, it is important for every Muslim to be cautious in the management of excess food in order to avoid wastage, which is against the teachings of Islam and defies every form of morality.
Though food wastage is not acceptable, it is often inevitable when the food goes stale, especially due to unpredictable situations such as shortage of power supply. Though some foods have good shelf life, not all foods can stay fresh for long without proper storage. Some of the foods that often require cautious storage include fresh milk (Laban), fruits and vegetables, eggs, meat, bread and oil. To avoid any of these foods from going stale too early, you need to apply the following food storage tips.
Fresh milk (Laban)
Laban milk is a very common type of yogurt in the Arabic culture and will be essential during Ramadan, when good nutrition is important. Laban is known for its high nutritional value, just like milk. It contains calcium, proteins, and vitamins that would help boost your immune system and keep you hydrated all the time.
As nutritious as Laban is to the body, it could be as well harmful, if allowed to go stale due to improper storage. To keep Laban milk fresh for a longer period, avoid drinking directly from the container, if you have plans to store it. Then, after it has been stored, ensure you check it often, to ensure it doesn’t stay beyond its expiry date.
Fruit and Vegetables
Not only are fruits and vegetables easily available and ready for consumption, they also play an important role in ensuring that your body stays fit and in good health. Fruit and vegetables often contain nutrients and vitamins that help cleanse the body of toxins and boost the body’s immunity to diseases.
Despite their benefits, they are often sensitive to excess heat and cold and could go stale sooner than expected. To keep fruits and vegetables fresh, it is safer to buy the quantity that is needed per time. If there are leftovers, store in a refrigerator and place in a corner where there will be adequate circulation of air around them. Some people may also wish to store peeled oranges, tomatoes, mangoes and many other fruits in an airtight bag in the refrigerator or mild freezer.
In our part of the world, meats are quite essential for an interesting meal, especially after long hours of prayer and fasting. They are a rich source of protein, essential for the replenishing of worn-out tissues. Whatever type of meat you choose to use for your meals, ensure it is properly stored by storing in a refrigerator immediately after purchase and cook within a day.
If you hope to use the meat over a period of time and would want to store in large quantities, cook and fry dry before putting in the freezer.
Whether it is white bread, which is high in carbohydrates for energy or wheat bread, which is high in fibre and protein, proper storage is essential for bread, as it has a short shelf life and would easily react to excess heat and moisture. Bread can be well preserved in a refrigerator. But, in order to always have fresh bread. Avoid storing in excess. Ensure you buy the amount needed per time.
The nutritional value of eggs is one that cannot be easily undermined. Eggs are rich in protein and vitamins that would make a highly nutritious Suhour dish. It is safer to store eggs in their crates in a cool and dry place as they are fragile and have porous eggs shells, which when stored with other food, could adapt their taste.
If you are yet to experience any health benefit from cooking oils, it is probably because you are yet to use nutritious oils. Don’t compromise on nutrition this Ramadan. For frying, making salads, all forms of food dressings and general cooking, use Grand Pure Soya Oil because it is made from the highly nutritious soya bean. Grand Pure Soya Oil is cholesterol free and contains Omega 3 fat that will enrich your health. It is heart friendly and neither foams nor fumes when heated.
To keep your oil fresh and safe for use, store in a shelf and away from direct sunlight. If there is need to reuse oil after the first use, ensure you store it in a well-covered opaque container to avoid particles that could contaminate the oil.
As you keep your soul and spirit clean from all forms of impurity, don’t forget to keep your body free from all forms of impurities as well. Grand Pure Soya Oil, your heart friendly oil, will always be there to ensure you have tasty and nutritious meals always.