Is there anything more disheartening than having to throw out food in your refrigerator due to expiration dates or mold? You want to keep healthy foods in your refrigerator but they aren’t cheap, and they don’t last very long. There are secrets that will help to preserve your fresh fruits and vegetables longer so that you aren’t continually throwing away half of your grocery budget, or having to see your Blendtec Blenders for sale to pay of groceries.
Foods become stale because of bacterial and mold growth. The refrigerator and freezer were both invented to keep foods fresh, for extended periods of time. But, if you don’t know how to use them properly, then you may be hastening, if not halting the preservation of the foods that you buy. If you want to extend your food supply, use the following tips and tricks to keep things fresher longer.
Don’t use big containers
Try to use containers that have just enough room for what you are storing. If you put food in a container that has too much space, you are hastening the process of spoiling or freezer burn. The rule of thumb is to have it fit tightly for the refrigerator. And, if you are going to put something in the freezer, give it just enough room to expand and no more.
Cool it down
Even the most expensive refrigerator or freezer unit can’t adjust immediately to hot foods. If you want to put leftovers in the refrigerator or freezer, then wait until they cool down to room temperature. When you put hot containers in the refrigerator, it warms up the temperature of the surrounding food and hastens the bacterial growth. Make sure to cool it down to halt additional spoilage of foods in your appliances.
Put things in your own containers
If you buy something that comes in a store container like meat, repackage it before you store it. Likely the flaps are loose and will allow for air to enter, which will hasten freezer burn. Also, if it has additional moisture, it can lead to more bacteria. Put it into a freezer bag to extend its shelf life, or add additional aluminum foil or plastic wrap.
The same rules can be applied to those foods that you put in your pantry. If you have things that are open like rice, flour, or any other dry goods, make sure to put them in a separate and sealed container to ensure that they aren’t found by creepy crawlers or that they go stale.
Keep things separate
There are some things, which when stored together, have a chemical reaction that causes a quick breakdown. Don’t ever put potatoes and onions in the same place. Also, potatoes shouldn’t be refrigerated and onions need air for circulation.
Keep herbs in water
If you want to preserve your herbs, then store them in water on your counter at room temperature. If you do put them in the refrigerator, make sure to seal them properly and apply a wet paper towel around them.
Take lettuce out of its wrapper
If you leave lettuce heads in their wrapper too long, then the moisture will hasten it to spoil. Put it instead into an airtight container to keep it moisture-free.
Onions should not mingle
If you have unused onions that you want to keep for another day, make sure not to store it next to other foods. If onions are next to other foods, the other foods will take on the smell and decompose quicker. Wrap an onion half in an airtight container and keep it away from other things.
To keep bananas from turning brown quickly, wrap the stems in plastic wrap. Once you remove one from the bunch, rewrap them to keep them yellow and ripe longer.
Instead of wasting your food budget every week by throwing most of your food in the trash, take the proper steps to seal food well and keep it from the things that will hasten its demise. That will have you spending a lot less and eating a lot more nutritious foods.