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To Avoid or Not to Avoid: The Principles of Home Food Processing
Processed foods are not just those meals that you easily take from groceries and pop them up into the microwave or any other ready meals. Defining "processed food" is usually applied to any foods' natural state had been altered in several ways or turning fresh food into the state of the food product.

So to speak, whatever you are eating right now, are also processed foods; and processed foods are often deemed unhealthy. However, that concept is not always as it goes, it specifically depends on how much salt or food processor you add to the foods' natural state. So, below are some factors to consider in food processing:
  • The location
Areas for food processing or your kitchen is usually a "hotspot" for pests and bacteria such as Salmonella, E.choli, and other contaminants that can harm you, your family, or anyone who eats your prepared food. So, the location should be everyone's primary concern; it should meet the correct standard when it comes to food processing.
  • Tools and equipment
When it comes to sanitation, you should consider tools and or equipment that are easy to clean or easily maintained. While offers you food processors that are easy to manage, there are also several food processors that are complex and difficult to clean or maintain.

So, if you are planning to buy food processors, choose the right tool for you. Also, have those kitchen tools that are made from compatible materials, with no niches, and tools that are cleanable to a microbiological level.
  • Preserving food and keeping the nutrients intact
There are several times when foods being processed, cooked, or prepared are losing its nutrients. So, to keep the nutrients intact, below are some helpful tips:
  • Make sure to store the food properly by keeping the cold foods cold and seal others using an airtight container.
  • Make sure to keep the vegetables inside your refrigerator's crisper section.
  • Instead of peeling your vegetables like potatoes or carrots, try washing or scrubbing them
  • When boiling vegetables, do not throw away the nutrient-laden water, instead use them for soup stock.
  • Make sure to cook food quickly.
  • On top of keeping the nutrients intact, food should be handled and stored according to the standard.
You should know the stages of correct food processing to avoid contamination. The stages should include but not limited to proper knowledge on temperature and humidity, the right containers and packaging, and storage.
Lastly, when it comes to food processing and safety of consumers, always bring into priority the importance of proper hygiene. Correct hygiene avoids several harmful bacteria that can easily spread through physical contamination. So, you should make sure to have proper hand washing before starting preparing for the meal. Take off your jewelry when preparing food. Never cough or sneeze over the food, and always cover cuts and sores on your hands.
Right procedure in processing food should be taken seriously. There are several people who bypass the importance of right food handling, thus it leads to food poisoning. So, when it comes to food make sure you prepare and make them with much safety.