I am desperately trying to find a book on correct methods of food storage in the home context. I have searched various libraries and uncatalogued but to no avail. Is there really nothing published on this subject? I did find Hutchinson ‘Food Storage in the Home’ which was written in the 1960s and was aimed at the (gulp!) ‘ordinary housewife’. Does anyone know of a book or leaflet regarding food storage? and could you answer or e-mail me with its name and publishers details.I just bought a book called “Putting Food By” of something like that at a local book store, Barnes & Noble. You will need to be more specific on what you are trying to save.
Try rec.food.preserving, I think, search on preserve. there are two books I used to have, don’t know it they are still around: “Preserving the Fruits of the Earth” and “Putting Food By”…please also see my post about the County Extension Agent (“questions about storage, etc”). YOu will have to ask around, but probably any local Home Ec. teacher could tell you where to find this person. The question, as posed, is about food storage in the home, and the answers that I have seen so far all assume that to mean home _preservation_ of food.
I suspect that R Wilkins is looking for what he actually said “correct methods of food storage in the home context”, e.g. what foods should be stored under what temperature conditions, measures to avoid cross-contamination, limits on duration of storage. In the UK, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF) publishes a series of small “Foodsense” booklets addressed to the general public. One of these is called “Food Safety” and sets out measures to assure safety in shopping for food, taking food home, storing it , kitchen hygiene and cooking food. In the member countries of the European Union, the problem of temperature and duration of storage is made much easier because, with a very few exceptions like fresh fruit and vegetables, food packaging has to carry “use by” dates (short shelf-life products) or “best before” dates (longer life products) and any necessary storage conditions (though not necessarily precise temperatures).