Semi-perishable or low-perishable foods.
Semi-perishable foods are those that despite having more durability, if they are not provided with adequate storage, end up deteriorating sooner than what is specified on the expiration date of the product. But if stored and properly preserved, it can extend its useful life between 6 months to 1 year approximately and also depending on the quality of the product. These foods should be stored in the pantry, in cool, dry places (away from moisture) and also from the sun’s rays.
How to choose Semi-perishable foods in the market.
Dry grains and cereals.
Dry grains such as beans, lentils, chickpea, peas, soybeans, and cereals such as corn, cuchuco or wheat, rice, oats, barley wheat and all kinds of flour, among others. When you go to buy these foods, you have to consider:
- Check that the grain, is in good condition, this is that there are no matches and that in the bottom of the bag is not dust or animals, because this is appreciated his old age.
- That the grain is of good quality, that is to say that it is a grain even in size, color and class. Because sometimes we do not look and prepare them, we realize that some were harder than others (especially in the beans that sometimes come from different s color and size) and this is the reason.
- that the gasket and the labels are in perfect condition, neither broken, nor wrinkled or badly treated.
They are usually called nuts, seeds and dried fruits, but really. The nuts, are walnuts, to be found in nature, with only 50% of water, such as almonds, hazelnuts, Brazil nut, macadamias, peanuts, cashews, pistachios, blonde grapes, etc. Seeds such as sunflower, flax (flaxseed), sesame and Chia, among others, are also considered nuts. The dehydrated fruits, are subjected to the process of extraction of water that contain naturally (it intervenes the hand of the man), as they are all the fruits “raisins” plum, grape, or simply dehydrated, like coconut, tomato, banana, strawberry, apple, cherry, Blueberry, among others. When you go to buy these products you have to take into account: in the nuts or nuts it is noticeable its freshness, in its characteristic aroma (that does not smell of fat) and that they are crispy, not soft or hard. Raisins, such as plums and grapes, must have a fluffy (soft), shiny, and sweet texture. The oldest, they are hard, opaque and less sweet. Candied or sweetened dried fruits have a harder texture. Dehydrated fruits such as strawberries, banana, kiwi, Apple, among others, as they are aged soften and change flavor, which is why you have to take care that they remain well covered. There is also a wide variety of dry chili peppers before consuming them are hydrated. Seeds such as: chia, sesame, sunflower, among others, should be loose and dry and must be kept well covered. All previous products must have printed expiration date, which will be taken into account to check at the time of purchase of the product, or buy them in a store that sells only these products, because its rotation is high and thus guarantees its freshness (flavor , texture and aroma).
Packages in GENERAL.
Among these products are: frying, biscuits, pasta (spaghetti, noodles, macaroni), coffee, sugar, chocolate, candies, jams, breakfast cereals, margarines, among others. When you go to buy these products:
- Check that the packaging is in good condition, without breakages or wrinkles.
The product must not be broken, damaged or mistreated. They must be in optimal conditions of presentation and hygiene. In this you can appreciate quite its freshness.
- Observe the expiration date or expiration of the product. Choose the date furthest from its fulfillment.