Back in the day, if someone wanted to buy food, they would walk to the store and purchase it. As we all know, times have changed. In fact, many people aren’t even going to the store anymore – they can order their groceries from the comfort of their home. This applies to the neighborhood store, as well as stores all over the country. For instance, if you want a special seasoning that you can only find in Texas, then it’s only a click away. There is only one problem with this: keeping food safe during transit. Let’s take a look at how food can be affected, and how to prevent it from happening.
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How Food Can Be Affected
Mold & Mildew Can Grow
We’ve probably all gone to the pantry at one point or another and discovered some of our food with mold on it. It’s a normal process that happens to food as it gets older. It’s one thing, though, if the food is old. It’s another thing if you order food online and it arrives with mold, because you never had the chance to eat the food. There are three things that are required for mold to grow: organic matter, water, and oxygen. That being said, you can protect your food from mold by protecting it from water.
The Texture Can Be Affected
Some food, such as potatoes, won’t have to worry about their texture being affected. Other food products, such as coffee, tea, spices, or fertilizer, can become clumpy if they are exposed to moisture, which can therefore ruin the product.
How to Prevent Damage
As you can see, the main threat against food is water or moisture damage. That’s why it’s recommended to use desiccant packs to protect your products. Desiccants are drying agents that absorb moisture from the air, therefore keeping your food products safe. Most people have seen desiccant packs at one point or another, since they can be used in almost every industry. You may have seen them when you ordered food, bought shoes online, or even had your new leather jacket delivered.
If you need to store or send food products, make sure to keep them safe with desiccant packs. That way, the products will arrive in great (and edible) condition.