A lot of money is wasted on groceries. Many people end up buying too much and throwing away food that ends up spoiling. So, if you want to save money, then follow these tips to keep your food fresh for longer periods of time.
How to keep your food fresh and last longer
Here are some ways to keep your food fresh, helping you save money
- When storing cut-up fruits and veggies in the fridge, add a paper towel to the container or baggie to absorb the extra moisture
- Put 2 or 3 sugar cubes with your blocks of cheese to delay molding
- Don’t wash fruits and veggies before storing them. If they are moist pat them down with a towel before putting in the refrigerator.
- Don’t put bread in the refrigerator. They stale faster in the fridge, but slower in the freezer. It’s better to keep them at room temperature rather than in the refrigerator. If your bread gets stale, throw a little water on it and put it in a 350-degree oven for about 10 minutes.
- Apples release certain gases that cause fruits and vegetables to rot. Keep apples away from your other produce.
- Once bananas ripen, store them in the fridge. The peel will turn brown, but the inside will still be fine for up to 5 days. Stop! Don’t Throw Bananas Away! 21 Ripe Bananas Recipes
- If you are freezing meats or fish for longer than a couple of months wrap foil or plastic over the original wrapping and then place it in a freezer bag.
- If you use just part of a green or red bell pepper, keep the stem on, seeds and membrane intact. It will store much longer than when you remove everything.
- Wrap celery in foil before putting it in the fridge.
- Extend the life of lettuce by wrapping it in a paper towel before putting it in the fridge.
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Erin is the mother of identical twin girls and their slightly older brother. She is a domestic engineer, and previously had a career leading customer service teams for a major HVAC company. Cleaning without harsh chemicals, and cooking easy and usually healthy meals are part of Erin's daily life. She volunteers with youth leaders, and genuinely wants to help others win. Erin has a degree in Communications, with a focus on Broadcast Journalism.