Preserving or storing food: what’s the difference?

Do you know the key differences between preserving, storing and why it is important for agribusiness professionals?

Knowing each of their differences in detail makes all the difference in ensuring food quality and safety. There are two main methods that tend to confuse:

Preservation and storage

Preservation refers to the set of techniques, processes and measures applied to maintain the quality, integrity and durability of food over time. It consists of the implementation of appropriate conditions and methods to prevent spoilage, the proliferation of microorganisms and the loss of nutritional and sensory properties of foods. Preservation seeks to ensure the availability of safe, high quality food, both for immediate consumption and for long-term storage.

On the other hand, storage is the process of keeping and storing products and foods in a safe and appropriate place for later use or distribution. It consists of the orderly and strategic arrangement, it is important to note that not in all cases storage will ensure good preservation, however, preservation takes storage for granted.

There are some key differences between preserving and storing food:

First, food preservation usually involves more processing than storage. This is because food preservation involves killing or removing microorganisms, which can damage the texture, flavor or nutritional value of the food. In contrast, storing food usually does not involve any processing, thus preserving the quality of the food.

Second, food preservation usually has a longer shelf life than storage. This is because preservation prevents the growth of microorganisms, which can spoil food. In contrast, storing food only slows the growth of microorganisms, so its shelf life is shorter.

Third, preserving food is usually more expensive than storing it. This is because food preservation requires more processing and packaging. In contrast, storing food does not require any processing or packaging, so it is less expensive.

The decision to preserve or store food depends on several factors, such as the type of food, desired shelf life and budget. For agribusiness professionals, it is important to understand the key differences between these two food preservation methods so they can choose the best method for their needs.

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