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Prodotti senza conservanti: come conservarli al meglio?

Products without preservatives: how to best preserve them?

Authentic taste without preservatives: a mini practical guide

In an age where more and more people are trying to adopt a healthy lifestyle, preservative-free products are gaining popularity.

But what exactly are they and how can we best store them to preserve freshness and authenticity?

The goodness of products without preservatives

What does preservative-free mean? Preservative-free products are foods that are prepared and packaged without the addition of synthetic chemicals to extend shelf life.

This approach not only preserves the natural taste of foods, but also results in healthier and more nutritious options.

Yogurt, fruit, meats, vegetables and many others can be found in preservative-free versions, offering a fresh and delicious alternative.

How to understand if there are preservatives in products: a useful guide

The conscious choice to consume products without preservatives requires particular attention to the food label. Here are some tips on how to interpret the information provided and recognize the presence of preservatives.

Explore the ingredient label: The ingredient list is key to revealing the presence of preservatives. Preservatives are often referred to by chemical names or abbreviations. Look for words like “potassium sorbate,” “sodium nitrite,” or “sulfates.”

Beware of abbreviations: Some preservatives may be listed with abbreviations. For example, sodium benzoate may appear as E211. A quick online search for common preservative abbreviations can help you identify them more easily.

Avoid Unfamiliar Names: If you encounter ingredient names that seem foreign or unnatural, they may be preservatives. Opt for products with a short and understandable list of ingredients.

Evaluate the freshness of ingredients: Fresh, minimally processed foods are less likely to contain preservatives. Ingredients like fruits, vegetables, fresh meat and dairy products without chemical additives are safer options.

Analyze “Preservative Free” Labels: Some products are clearly labeled “preservative free.” This indication is a guarantee that no chemical additives were added during production.

Be aware of natural additives: Some preservatives may be derived from natural sources, such as tocopherol (vitamin E). Even if they are natural, it is still important to know them and evaluate their use.

Remember that awareness is your best ally when choosing food products without preservatives.

1. Store yogurt and dairy products without preservatives

Speaking of dairy - preservative-free yogurt in particular is a nutritious treat, but to maintain its freshness, it's essential to store it properly.

We recommend storing it in the refrigerator, preferably close to the walls to ensure a more uniform temperature. Keeping yogurt tightly closed in its original container is essential to avoid excessive contamination.

In our online butcher's shop, you can find preservative-free yoghurts from the Ciocca farm: products without the addition of preservatives, only milk, cultures and natural flavour.

2. Fresh fruit and vegetables: from the market to the refrigerator

Homemade - preservative-free - alternatives to classic sauces, vegetable compotes and jams offer the authentic flavor of fruit.

After purchasing them at the organic market or from your trusted farmer, store them in a cool, dark place.

To ensure maximum freshness, transfer them to airtight containers and place them in the refrigerator. This will help keep the natural flavors intact.

3 Preserving cured meats without preservatives: practical guide

Storing cured meats without the use of preservatives requires attention and some specific practices to ensure long-term safety and freshness. Here is a practical guide on how to preserve cured meats without the use of chemical preservatives:

Store in the refrigerator: the basic rule is to keep cured meats in the refrigerator. The ideal temperature is between 0°C and 4°C. Make sure you have a refrigerator with adequate temperature and periodically check that it is working properly.

Use airtight containers: buy vacuum-packed or transfer the cured meats into airtight containers or wrap them tightly in cling film or aluminum foil. This helps avoid oxidation and preserves freshness.

Avoid contact with air: oxidation is one of the main factors that influence the quality of cured meats. Reduce contact with air to prevent them from drying out. You can use vacuum bags for additional protection.

Choose a cool, dry place: If you don't have enough space in the refrigerator, look for a cool, dry place to store cured meats. A cool basement or cellar may be options as long as it is well ventilated.

Consume quickly after opening: once opened, cured meats begin to lose their freshness more quickly. Try to consume them within a few days after opening. You can freeze them if necessary, although this may affect the consistency.

Avoid exposure to sunlight: Keep cured meats out of direct sunlight, as light can accelerate deterioration. Store them in dark places or in opaque packaging.

Buy from reliable sources: choose cured meats from trusted and renowned suppliers, preferably from local producers or those who follow traditional production methods.

The quality of ingredients and processes can affect shelf life. For example, the organic cured meats from the Dellavenza company are preservative-free: artisanal organic products, without preservatives, without nitrites and nitrates.

4. Preservation of ready-to-eat foods without preservatives

Convenience foods, such as preservative-free salads or prepared meals, are also increasingly popular. To best store them, always check the instructions on the label. Often, keeping these products refrigerated is key to maintaining freshness and safety.

5. Avoid excessive freezing

While freezing is a great preservation method, some preservative-free products may suffer if frozen for extended periods. Pay attention to the directions on the label and try not to exceed the recommended storage times.

Choose the natural taste

In addition to offering a more authentic flavor, preservative-free products allow us to embrace a healthier approach to nutrition.

With small measures, such as storing yoghurt or fruit correctly, we can ensure that these foods retain their freshness and flavour, offering an authentic culinary experience without compromise.