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Did You Know? Some Natural Preservation Techniques For Food Items

Did you know that you can preserve a lot of your food items naturally without putting them in a fridge.


Did you know you can preserve your dry stockfish by storing it with dry pepper? Pepper has a strong choking flavour that prevents bugs and other arthropods from destroying your stockfish.

To preserve your Stockfish, store in an empty sac bag and add a cup of dry unground pepper to your it. Tie the mouth of the sac and keep in a dry place at room temperature.

Oil Bean (Ugba)


Ugba (oil bean) is usually wrapped in green leaves and undergo microbial activities which help worms grow in them.

To preserve your oil bean, wrap it properly in green leaves and boil it in a pot with little water. Place some sticks at the bottom of the pot or wrap in a nylon and boil to prevent water from touching it. The steam does the job perfectly. Your oil bean will last for days.

African Walnut (Ukpa)

African Walnut

African walnut (Ukpa) is very nutritional and a healthy snack. Once it is boiled, it begins to lose its fresh taste if not properly preserved. To preserve your Ukpa, keep it in a clean bowl and add clean water. Change the water out every morning. It will last for up to a month this way.

Oil Palm Fruit

Oil Palm Fruit

Fresh oil palm fruit begins to dry up and lose oil after a few days. To preserve your fresh oil palm fruit, boil in hot water and drain the water. Whenever you want to use it, it will still produce great amount of oil and retain that natural taste.

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Chinwe Opuruiche

An Environment Resource Management graduate of Abia State University with her Masters in-view, Chinwe is also a Columnist, an OAP, a sought-after motivational speaker and writer with special interest in food and the balance of diet.

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