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A-Z Guide on How to Store Vegetables without Plastic – Part 3

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Green Tomatoes

Store in a cool room away from the sun to keep them green and use quickly or they will begin to colour.

 

 

 

 

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Herbs

Herbs stored in a closed container in the fridge can be kept up to a week. Any longer might encourage mold.

 

 

 

 

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Lettuce

Keep damp in an airtight container in the fridge.

 

 

 

 

 

Leeks

Leave in an open container in the crisper wrapped in a damp cloth or in a shallow cup of water on the counter (just so the very bottom of the stem has water).

 

 

 

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Okra

Okra does not like humidity. Use a dry towel to wrap it up and store in an airtight container. Best to be eaten soon after purchase, as it does not store well.

 

 

 

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Onions

Store in a cool, dark and dry place – Good air circulation is best, so don’t stack them.

 

 

 

 

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Potatoes

Like garlic and onions, potatoes need to be stored in a cool, dark and dry place, such as a box in a dark corner of the pantry. A paper bag also works.

 

 

 

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Radishes

Remove greens (store green separately), so they don’t draw out excess moisture from the roots and place them in an open container in the fridge with a wet towel placed on top.

 

 

 

 

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Spinach

Store loose in an open container in the crisper.

 

 

 

 

 

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Spring Onions

Remove any bands or ties and store in the crisper.

 

 

 

 

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Tomatoes

Never refrigerate tomatoes. Depending on ripeness, tomatoes can stay for up to 2 weeks on the counter. To hasten ripeness, place in a paper bag along with an apple.

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Vacuum Packing – A POPULAR TREND IN OUR SHOWROOMS

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Packaging in General

Packaging in any form is an important part of product processing and preservation and has a direct influence on the system in respect of physical and chemical changes.

Packaging has undergone some innovative product developments to help ensure a safe and more nutritious food supply. One method of packaging that may be used for products such as ready-to-eat products and spices is vacuum packaging, where the product is placed in a plastic or aluminium foil pouch and most of the air is removed. The package around the vacuumed product allows the internal atmosphere to be retained so that the product stays fresh and safe.

The plastic used for vacuum packaging should be carefully chosen, because not all plastics are equally resistant to gas.

Vacuum Packaging

Vacuum packaging refers to the technology wherein the product to be packed in placed in a pouch of suitable material and air is drawn from the pack prior to the final sealing. The removal of air eliminates oxygen which affects food in various ways, such as odour, colour, taste and texture and allows for longer storage.

One of the important properties of vacuum packing is the extent to which it is able to resist the passage of gases and vapour.

Vacuum packaged products need to be refrigerated, as some organisms are resistant to high carbon dioxide levels. Their growth is slower at lower temperatures.

Advantages of Vacuum Packaging

  • A simple solution to packaging goods requiring protection from oxygen.
  • Positive control of the moisture content of the product.
  • Inhibits the growth of aerobic spoilage bacteria.
  • Lower costs than those of rigid containers.
  • Longer shelf life for goods.
  • Larger quantities of food can be purchased and kept over a longer period of time and bulk purchases are often cheaper.
  • Vacuum packaging decreases food waste due to spoilage.
  • Not only fresh, perishable foods benefit from vacuum packaging, dried foods also keep longer when vacuum packaged.
  • Vacuum packaging allows more efficient use of time. Food can be prepared in advance without loss of freshness, so slack times are more productive and busy times are more manageable.
  • Vacuum packaging reduces product shrinkage. There is no moisture loss or evaporation in a sealed vacuum bag. Therefore, the weight you purchase will be the same.

At Mc Currie Spice 1st Showrooms, we have vacuum packed items and also vacuum packing could be done to customer requirements. We have also created a niche among our customers, as we vacuum pack cooked items that our customers bring in. Our key customers are parents whose sons and daughters are studying abroad. This is proof enough of the valuable service we render to customers by way of our quality vacuum packing process.

So, the next time you wish to take Mc Currie products or your home-cooked food abroad, visit the Mc Currie Spice 1st Showrooms where you can get it vacuum packed to suit your needs!

 

Why Mc Currie Brand of Spices are a household name locally and internationally..?

McCurrie_secretsMc Currie brand of spices are produced at our Factory in Makumbura Pannipitiya under stringent quality measures.

We have throughout the years packed unadulterated and contamination free whole/ground and blended spices, including curry powders. Our range of products has extended, over the years, in to ready-to-eat jar products, which are favourites among our clientele and no doubt proves the quality of the products.

Our quality is ensured in processing the product using modern machinery under the eagle eyed supervision of trained food technologists. The reason for our increased clientele is the high quality and consistent standards maintained by our laboratory.

Our raw materials are purchased from the most reliable of sources.

Processing commences with the fumigation of raw materials. The materials are stored under the highest hygienic conditions, with regular quality checks.

Our Machinery used in the process have been carefully chosen and designed by world renowned machinery suppliers for the packing of whole, ground and blended spices and the filling of ready-to-eat bottled products. Our machinery is continually upgraded to meet the norms of modern technology.

Sophisticated cleaning and classifying machines are used, metal impurities are magnetically removed, followed by removal of dust and other impurities. The classifier removed any other dissimilar material to the product. The de-stoner very efficiently separates stones and other grit.

Ongoing quality checks are a daily necessity and are made to grade the products for packing as a whole spice or pass it on for roasting and grinding as necessary. Roasting enhances flavor and aroma. This is done under controlled conditions to ensure the traditional exotic flavours.

Special Grinders uses disintegrators designed to permit powdering of spices without metal to metal contact. Its high capacity chamber induces air and eliminates any heating of the product, preventing any deterioration of volatiles or essential oils. Thus the product retains pungency, flavor, taste and aroma.

Blending of spices and curry powders are done to suit consumer taste and specifications on a high efficiency line of machinery.

Our packing is of high class and we resort to stream-lined packing machinery and the very popular vacuum packing process.

For all of what we have said above to be put on the right track, we are proud of our employees who work with dedication and commitment to bring you, our customer, the Spice of Life that is Mc Currie.

Food Grade Plastic

What is it made from? Is it safer? are some of the questions on the minds of Mc Currie consumers about food grade plastic. Mc Currie is here to answer them for you.
In addition to the information given to you by Mc Currie, personal research on the topic is recommended.

What is food grade plastic that Mc Currie uses?
To answer this question we need to ask the question, what is plastic? Plastic is a plastic food packaging 1substance made from hydrocarbons that are a petroleum extract and combined into polymer chains. Food grade plastic is a more refined version of regular plastic.

Why is it safer to use food grade plastic like Mc Currie does?
Unlike regular plastic, Mc Currie uses food grade plastic that does not contain dyes which are known to be harmful. Many dyes are carcinogenic because they contain chemicals such as dioxin, chrome, copper zinc, and a suspected carcinogen known as formaldehyde. At Mc Curie we are concerned about the safety of our consumers. Therefore, by using food grade plastic packaging Mc Curie is making it safer for you and you’re Children.

How would you differentiate normal plastic food packaging from Mc Currie

food grade plastic packaging?
All Mc Curie plastic food packaging would contain the symbol Food Grade symbol shown on the right on the lower back right hand corner of the package.

United States classification of food grade plastic

The United States has several categories of food grade plastic. Some of them are listed as follows:
1. PET or PETE: A clear looking polymer that is a barrier for gas and moisture. This makes it Ideal for soft drinks.
2. HDPE: A polymer that has excellent protective barrier properties. It is used in the packaging of milk.
3. Vinyl: A clear see through polymer that is cling and puncture resistant. It is ideal for packaging of meat.
4. LDPE: Has clear and flexible properties. It is used in the production of flexible bottles.

For all your spice needs please visit the Mc Currie website.

Vacuum packaging

Packaging in any form is an important part of product processing and preservation and has a direct influence on the system in respect of physical and chemical changes.

Packaging has undergone some innovative product developments to help ensure a safe and more nutritious food supply. One method of packaging that may be used for products such as ready-to-eat products and spices is vacuum packaging, where the product is placed in a plastic or aluminium foil pouch and most of the air is removed. The package around the vacuumed product allows the internal atmosphere to be retained so that the product stays fresh and safe.

The plastic used for vacuum packaging should be carefully chosen, because not all plastics are equally resistant to gas.

Vacuum Packaging 

Vacuum packing machine

Vacuum packaging refers to the technology wherein the product to be packed in placed in a pouch of suitable material and air is drawn from the pack prior to the final sealing. The removal of air eliminates oxygen which affects food in various ways, such as odour, colour, taste and texture and allows for longer storage. 

One of the important properties of vacuum packing is the extent to which it is able to resist the passage of gases and vapour.

Vacuum packaged products may still need to be refrigerated as some microorganisms can survive in low oxygen levels. Their growth is slower at lower temperatures.

Advantages of Vacuum Packaging

  • A simple solution to packaging goods requiring protection from oxygen.
  • Positive control of the moisture content of the product.
  • Inhibits the growth of aerobic spoilage bacteria.
  • Lower costs than those of rigid containers.
  • Longer shelf life for goods.
  • Larger quantities of food can be purchased and kept over a longer period of time and bulk purchases are often cheaper.
  • Vacuum packaging decreases food waste due to spoilage.
  • Not only fresh, perishable foods benefit from vacuum packaging, dried foods also keep longer when vacuum packaged.
  • Vacuum packaging allows more efficient use of time. Food can be prepared in advance without loss of freshness, so slack times are more productive and busy times are more manageable.
  • Vacuum packaging reduces product shrinkage. There is no moisture loss or evaporation in a sealed vacuum bag. Therefore, the weight you purchase will be the same.

 At  the Mc Currie Spice 1st Showrooms, we have vacuum packed items and also vacuum packing could be done to customer requirements. We have also created a niche among our customers as we vacuum pack cooked items that our customers bring in. Our key customers are parents whose sons and daughters are studying abroad. This is proof enough of the valuable service we render to customers by way of our quality vacuum packing process.

 So, the next time you wish to take Mc Currie products or your home-cooked food abroad, visit the “Mc Currie Spice 1st Showrooms” where you can get it vacuum packed to suit your needs!

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