In today’s society, new information about the best practices of food handling continuously changes. Because of this, we wanted to provide you with information on how to keep your food fresh for longer. Doing this will ensure that your money does not go to waste as bad practices can turn your food into a breeding ground for mold.
Here are a few tips that will help you keep your food fresh for longer:
Don’t refrigerate your tomatoes
Refrigerating tomatoes kills their flavor. Also, their juicy texture does not find the cold too favorable. Store your tomatoes on a counter and allow them to ripen. Onions and potatoes should not be refrigerated either. They should be stored in a cool and dark place without moisture.
Freeze your milk for several weeks ahead
Sometimes you may find that you have bought a gallon of milk which you will be unable to use because of different circumstances. For instance, you could be going for vacation or going on a business trip. Well, you can freeze the milk, but before you do so, you will need to pour out some milk because it will increase in volume. Frozen fresh milk can stay in the freezer for 4 to 6 weeks.
Freeze eggs in a tray
It can be difficult to finish a dozen of eggs while they are still fresh. That does not mean that you shouldn’t buy a tray of eggs. All you need to do is freeze the eggs. Break the eggs and pour the contents into ice trays. You can add sugar or salt to preserve the texture. The eggs will stay fresh for whatever duration you may need them.
Refrigerate your apples
It is no secret that apples stay fresh for longer than any other fruits. Nevertheless, they can stay fresh longer when they are kept in the fridge. Furthermore, they retain their taste when they are in the refrigerator even for a long time.
Store your carrots in sand
Yes, you heard it right. Sand decreases water evaporation and consequently slows down the process of rotting. It is therefore not surprising that gardeners recommend that carrots should be stored in sand. This will help them last longer and stay fresh.
Keep your refrigerator in the right temperature
The inside of your fridge should be at the right temperature between 38-40°F to keep your food as fresh as possible without making it too cold.
Check on the expiration date before purchasing food
The first thing that you should check before purchasing any foods is the expiration date. Buy foods with a close expiration date only if you plan to consume them before then.
Grow your own food
You can decide to grow your own tomatoes, herbs or onions so that you only pick them when you need to eat them without worrying about them going bad on the counter.
Wrap lettuce and celery in paper towel
Once you purchase your lettuce or celery, remove them from the packaging and wrap them in paper towel. Keep them in a storage bag. This will keep them fresh.
Although some of these tips are unconventional, give them a try and see what the outcome is! You may find that your food lasts a bit longer and you are able to stretch your dollar a bit farther.