Foods can deteriorate quite rapidly, especially if you don’t store them properly or keep them for too long. In order to avoid getting sick from eating a spoiled food, you must learn which are the first signs of food spoilage and today, we will show you some easy yet efficient ways in which you can tell whether the food is spoiled or not, so continue reading on.

Spoilage bacteria

Food can develop all sorts of unpleasant odors and have a mushy or slimy texture and this can be a result of spoliage bacteria. Spoilage bacteria are microorganisms invisible to the human eye that can cause food to develop a bad odor and change its texture. There are different types of spoilage bacteria, the most common being mesophiles, thermophiles and psychrophiles that can be found in environments where the temperature is low.

How can you tell if chicken is spoiled?

It’s easy to tell when the chicken goes bad because you can observe the change of texture and appearance of your chicken. If it has an unpleasant rotten odor and feels slimy, don’t keep it any longer in the refrigerator. As a general rule, meat and poultry should be stored at 40 ° F in the refrigerator and only for a couple of days.

Do fruits and vegetables go bad?

Most vegetables and fruits can spoil as a result of mold growth and bacteria. Bacteria, molds and other microorganism can lead to deterioration of the fruits and vegetables causing discoloration and spoilage a few days after. It’s advisable to not consume food that show any of these signs so that you don’t get sick.

Storing dairy products the right away

When it comes to buying dairy products, it’s recommended to choose pasteurized dairy products because they can last for longer. Moreover, you need to pay attention to the expiration dates and make sure to store milk at temperatures below 40 ° F. You know when the milk or cheese is spoiled by taking a look at the texture, to see if it has changed texture or color and smell to figure it out.

Leftovers

If you don’t like throwing away fresh food, one option would be to store it in the refrigerator. Leftovers can stay in the refrigerator for three to four days but make sure to keep it on a separate shelf in the fresh food section, so that it doesn’t come into contact with other foods. If space is an issue in your refrigerator, you might want to replace your old model with a french door refrigerator that comes with plenty of storage options. In addition to that, french door models are more spacious so you have space to store larger platters of foods, pizza boxes or other leftovers.