Once you’ve purchased your packed and powdered goods, what do you do once they’re open?
Learn the best way to store coffee, protein powders, and more. This might help you save a few dollars!
Keeping various goods in a dark place and at room temperature seems a fairly common practice.
But, why is this? And, how effective is it?
Let’s get into that.
How to Store Your Coffee The Correct Way
It’s common sense to store perishable items in the refrigerator, right? Yes, of course.
One thing you should avoid putting in your fridge, however, is coffee.
Everyone loves their morning cup of joe; it’s the comforting ritual or, often, it’s the kickstart to our day.
We might think that since coffee’s plant-based, it would be okay to store our coffee in the refrigerator as soon as you open it. If anything, this will preserve its freshness, right?
This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Coffee is like a moisture and scent magnet; it absorbs all the scents of food in the refrigerator and also soaks in moisture, slashing its freshness by more than half.
The best way to store coffee is easier than stowing it away in your fridge.
Side note: Freezer Storage
While it isn’t advised to store in the fridge, it is possible to store larger quantities of coffee beans in the freezer, with 1 important step:
Always allow beans to fully thaw and achieve room temperature before opening the bag.
This reduces the ability for condensation and moisture to spoil your pristine Bulletproof goodness.
While it isn’t advised to store in the fridge, it is possible to store larger quantities of coffee beans in the freezer, with 1 important step. Find out more here.
Once you open the bag, pour the grounds in an airtight (this is important) canister.
Make sure the canister is actually airtight; some of the cheaper ones don’t keep all of the air out.
If you’re keeping your canister out in an open area like a counter, for instance, make sure the canister is light-proof. Light actually has a very acute effect on coffee, making it go stale very quickly.
If you store it in your pantry, however, you won’t have to worry about your coffee being exposed to light.
What about protein powders?
How to Store Your Protein Powders the Correct Way
Coffee, as widely consumed as it is, can be quite the expensive product.
Protein powder, like coffee, is also on the pricey end.
Why do we feel compelled to remind you of this? Preservation means little to nothing to throw away at the end of the month. Your money doesn’t go to waste!
It’s important to pay attention to the guidelines regarding proper storage of your nutritious powder.
Protein powder has long been hailed for its benefits when it comes to recovering from vigorous exercise. It helps your body rebuild its damaged muscles post-workout.
You want to keep this stuff as safe and as fresh as possible because of this.
For the first set of rules, it’s important to only buy protein in a quantity that you’ll use in less than a month’s time.
As appealing (and maybe cost effective) as a giant bucket of protein may seem, the powders tend to go rancid after months of sitting on the shelf with repeated exposure to air when you screw and unscrew the top.
In other words, only buy what you need, although it may cost you a few extra bucks.
Knowing how to properly store your ground, dried goods is important for their longevity; learn more about that here!
Next, don’t stick it in the fridge!
When you put protein powders (or any powder for that matter) into a refrigerator it increases the likelihood of moisture buildup in the powder.
Consider how you’d get your protein; you take it out of your refrigerator, unscrew the cap, and put it back on once you’re done.
This gives a chance for condensation to form due to the temperature variations that occur within the powder, as you constantly open and close the container.
Condensation can lead to bacterial growth in the container. Bacterial growth in the container can lead to an upset stomach.
Imagine getting home from the gym, scarfing down your all-important protein shake, then waking up in the middle of the night and rushing to the bathroom.
Doesn’t sound too pleasant. Plus, you signed up for the gym to be healthy and feel great!
Since most protein powders come in opaque containers, to begin with, don’t worry about keeping the container out of the light.
Keep your powder in an area free of temperature fluctuations and moisture.
If you do, you won’t have to worry about your month’s supply of healthy protein.
The Other Powders
Powdered forms of supplements, herbs, and even foods are all quite popular; they’re great ways to quickly prepare nutritious beverages.
It’s important to know how to store these types of powders.
Consider something like powdered Maca, for instance.
Maca root is a powerful stimulant that’s used by many in the world of health and fitness.
It helps with focus, energy, and even enhances your immune response to foreign pathogens!
This popular herbal stimulant is often purchased in its powdered form.
You should think of your protein powder when considering how to store your various other powders. The principles are much the same.
Maca shouldn’t be stored in a refrigerated or cold environment if it’s constantly being opened or reopened; there’s a high chance of bacterial build-up here as well.
Other powders follow these guidelines too.
Unless the directions on the powder’s packaging explicitly say to store the powder in a cool environment, stay away from that refrigerator.
DIY Powder Storage Checklist
Staying on top of your health is already hard enough for some without considering food storage and preservation.
That’s why we’ve got an easy-to-do (and easy-to-remember) list of the four simple things you can begin today to preserve the nutritious benefits of your coffee and powders.
Don’t fail to heed proper storage methods of your dried goods; you might find they’re lacking in quality when you finally begin consuming them!
Here it is:
- Don’t store your coffee in the refrigerator; it absorbs a variety of scents and is prone to damage from temperature fluctuations.
- The best way to store coffee is in an opaque, light-proof, airtight canister (this last point is important for preservation).
- Keep your protein out of the refrigerator too for much the same reason as your coffee!
- Keep other powders like collagen powder or maca out of the refrigerator as well unless the directions explicitly say to store them in the cold.
We’re here to help protect your valuable goods from bad habits and potential misinformation.
Afterall, what’s the point of spending a ton of money on powders each month, only to have them eventually go to waste?
And, even if you determine to eventually use them all, they can lose effectiveness as well as their nutrient count over time. You would be spending money and consuming goods, all to no effect!
If you’re on the road toward achieving your optimal health (or, even if you’re simply considering the journey), take that extra step toward the proper preservation habits for your coffee and all of your powders.
When you take care of them, they can properly take care of you!
Are you looking to get the most out of your coffee? Consider making Bulletproof Coffee and take advantage of its optimal benefits today!