If you buy your food in bulk, you may have noticed it goes bad faster than you can get to it all. Eating 10 pounds of tomatoes or drinking 5 gallons of milk in one week is a huge, painful task. But if you buy in bulk it saves you money and you can avoid frequent trips to the store, so how do you keep the food from going bad too quickly?
These 25 incredible ways to store food are ingenious ideas to prevent food from spoiling.
1. Use pantyhose to store onions
By storing onions in pantyhose, they can last up to eight months. Tie a knot between each onion to keep them separated.
2. Separate potatoes, apples, and onions
Storing these three produce items together will only cause them to spoil faster.
3. Prevent moldy berries
If you wash your berries with vinegar just after you bring them home, you can get rid of mold even before it pops up. Use one part vinegar to ten parts water.
4. Honey lasts a lifetime
While it may become more solidified or change color slightly over time, honey does last forever if you keep it in a cool place and store in a tightly sealed jar.
5. Spoiled milk actually not spoiled?
Actually, milk can last up to three months even though its consistency may change. If you’re not convinced, you can always freeze milk in its original container and thaw whenever you’re ready to use it.
6. Make enough scrambled eggs for a year
Mix the eggs in a bowl with a little salt or sugar, place in an airtight freezer bag, and store in your freezer.
7. Freeze leftover tomato paste
As most recipes only call for a small amount of tomato paste, the leftovers usually just end up going bad in the fridge. Instead, place the remaining paste in a plastic sandwich bag and create smaller portions inside the bag itself.
8. Preserve fresh herbs
Freeze fresh herbs in olive oil to prevent freezer burn, or any browning that may happen when herbs are stuck in the freezer.
9. Wrap banana stems
Separate each banana and place plastic wrap around each stem to help bananas stay delicious up to four days longer.
10. Take advantage of tin foil
Wrap celery, broccoli, and lettuce in aluminum foil to help it stay fresh for over four weeks.
11. Chop, blanch, freeze
If you can’t go through eight pounds worth of veggies fast enough, chop it up, blanch in hot water, and place in a freezer bag. Most fruits and veggies are fine frozen.
12. Wrap it up
Wrapping unwashed leafy greens in a paper towel will absorb any moisture so they won’t wilt as quickly.
13. Keep ginger fresh
Make small spoonfuls of freshly grated ginger and place on a parchment-lined tray. Place the tray in the freezer until the ginger is frozen before transferring to an airtight container, and pacing back in the freezer.
14. Don’t store tomatoes in the fridge
Most people think placing tomatoes in the fridge will help them last longer, but they should actually be stored at room temperature. Place them in a bowl lined with paper towels and make sure to keep the stems facing upwards to prevent bruising the top.
15. Apples practically last forever
Apples can stay fresh for over six months if stored in a humid environment around 30-35°F, so if you store them in the crisper drawer of your fridge and separate any that are bruised from the bunch, they’ll last.
16. Hide carrots in the sand
I bet you’ve never thought about utilizing sand in your kitchen. Storing root vegetables in moist sand or sawdust will actually extend its freshness for several months.
17. Section off ground beef
Instead of defrosting and refreezing a large portion of ground beef, divide it into individual portions before freezing.
18. Flip over the cottage cheese
A container of cottage cheese or sour cream will actually last twice as long if you place it in the fridge upside down. As it creates a vacuum inhibiting the growth of bacteria, it won’t spoil.
19. Get rid of Tupperware
Using Mason jars to store food is much more productive. The glass containers won’t get stained, and they can help food stay fresh longer.
20. Wrap the cheese
Storing cheese in parchment paper will help it keep its flavor and last longer.
21. Store pineapple upside down
Pull off the leafy top and flip your pineapple upside-down. This redistributed the sugars that sink to the bottom and keep it new.
22. Check your refrigerator
Most are kept at 38°F, but temperature can be set at 36-37°F to extend food shelf life.
23. Store some lettuce
Lettuce can be stored up to a month in a glass jar to keep it crisp.
24. Let scallions grow
Scallions will last three times longer when they’re stored in a jar of water. Just trim the amount you need at any desired time, and they will continue to grow.
25. Keep cake fresh
Cake can last several days on the counter, weeks in the fridge, or months in the freezer. But to really keep cake from becoming stale, place sliced bread on the open ends.
25 Ways To Make Your Groceries Last As Long As Possible Reviewed by on Monday, July 11, 2016 Rating: