How to Store Your Food So It Lasts Longer

On average, American families trash 14% of the food they buy, often
because it spoils. But you can extend the life of groceries with these
easy storage tricks:

  • Organize fruits and veggies: We often
    toss produce into crispers together, but apples and some other fruits
    give off gas called ethylene that speeds ripening in vegetables. So
    store them separate, so vegetables don’t ripen too fast
  • Know which need room temperature: We tend to keep most of our
    fruits and vegetables in the refrigerator. But cold temperatures can
    actually damage some produce, like squash, tomatoes and oranges
  • Use
    your own packaging: That flimsy package from the butcher won’t protect
    your meat from freezer burn. Put it in a vacuum sealed or sip lock bag
    with the air squeezed out
  • Protect your dry goods: Dry kitchen products like flour,
    cornmeal and other grains can attract bugs that make them unusable.
    Instead, stash them in the refrigerator or the freezer where they will
    be safe from pests
  • Chill your bananas: Most of us keep our
    bananas on the kitchen counter. But it seems like they spoil almost as
    soon as they ripen. Instead, store them in your refrigerator once they
    have ripened. The skin will turn brown but the inside lasts a lot longer
  • Shield leftovers from the air: Many of us end up throwing out leftovers
    because they went bad. To prevent it, don’t just cover the top of the
    bowl with foil or plastic wrap. Instead, transfer your leftovers to an
    airtight food storage container to keep them fresh

So keep it fresh longer. Oxygen damages food, so air tight packaging will help keep things fresh.


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~ by jackzepplin on September 17, 2007.

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