The Doctors: OXO Pop Containers Review – Keeping Bugs Out
Chef Devin Alexander gave The Doctors advice on how to avoid moths, mites and weevils. Though they might be small, they can cause big problems in your pantry.
Alexander said to avoid storing things in expensive plastic storage bags because bugs can chew right through them. She advised using airtight containers instead, like the OXO POP Containers. I have several sets of these and I highly recommend them – they are wonderful!
Airtight containers are a great choice for rice, flour, sugar, breadcrumbs and cornmeal. Apparently, cornmeal is such a big breeding ground for bugs that you should freeze it for 24 hours before putting it in your pantry.
The Doctors: Store Red Spices in the Refrigerator
Who knew that mice love red spices? You should store red pepper, chili powder and paprika in the refrigerator instead of your pantry.
Pests also love pet food, and often times an infestation will start in the dog food bag and move to the pantry. Keep your dog’s food away from your pantry.
Moth and beetles start in stages. Usually their eggs or larva come home with you in a bulb bin purchase or damaged bag. It’s important to spend some time looking over your food before you put it away. Dr. Jim Sears said that he keeps all of his flour in a plastic bag in the freezer.
The problem with insects is that they start out as eggs and are difficult to identify, and then suddenly they are larva and then adult bugs flying around your pantry. This happened at my parent’s house several years ago and it was awful. It took forever to get rid of all of the pests.
The Doctors: Tips for Preventing Cross-Contamination
One of the leading causes of food-borne illnesses is cross contamination. Viewer Jamie asked The Doctors what she needed to know about it. There are some easy steps that you can take to protect your family.
First, code your cutting boards. Use one for raw meats, seafood and poultry, and use a different board for breads, veggies and fruits.
Washing dishes improperly can actually lead to cross-contamination. Store empty plastic food storage containers with the lids off. By storing dressings, jams and bacon bits in your refrigerator, you’re preventing cross-contamination with items in your pantry.