The pretty much short shelf life of homemade foods and fresh produce is the main downside of eating healthy. Growing mold, wilted leaves, and brown skin are some of the most common signs of spoiled food, meaning nutrition loss and wasted money. The good news is that there are a few tricks which can go a long way in solving these grocery problems and keeping your produce fresh for longer.
9 Food Storage Tricks to Prevent Spoiled Food
1. Knot Your Onions
Do you have a bunch of red or white onions? To keep them fresh for up to 8 months, place them in a panty hose and the knots between each of them. Don’t store them along with potatoes, too.
2. Buy An Ethylene Gas Absorber
These pods absorb the ethylene released by fruits and veggies in the fridge and keep them fresh up to 3 times longer. Avoid keeping ethylene-producing produce along with ethylene-sensitive ones. Ethylene-producing fruits and veggies include avocados, bananas, cantaloupes, kiwis, mangoes, plums, pears, and tomatoes. On the other hand, ethylene-sensitive ones include broccoli, carrots, apples, watermelons, potatoes, green beans, cucumbers, lettuce, and other greens.
3. Treat Your Herbs and Asparagus Like Flowers
Delicate herbs like cilantro, asparagus, chives, basil, and parsley should be stored in jars with water just like you would do with flowers. Put a plastic bag over the herbs, secure with a tight bag, and refrigerate.
But, oily herbs like thyme should be tied together with a string and hung in the open air. Another option is to freeze them and preserve in olive oil. They will infuse the oil and the cubes will be very useful for cooking as base. It best works for thyme, oregano, rosemary, and sage.
4. Get Your Berries Swimming in Vinegar
Mix one part of apple cider or white vinegar and ten parts water. Whirl the berries around in the solution and then drain and rinse them prior putting them in the fridge. Strawberries will last about two weeks while raspberries will last for about a week.
5. Add An Apple To Your Potato Supply
To increase potato`s shelf life and prevent it from sprouting, store one apple along with the potatoes.
6. Dab and Wrap Your Cheese
To prevent your cheese from drying out, dab some butter on the cut side of the cheese. Then, wrap it in paper or wax paper and then put it in a plastic bag. You should keep it in the warmest part of the refrigerator, such as the veggie drawer.
7. Wrap the Crown of Your Bananas
Did you know that wrapping the crown of a banana with plastic wrap helps keep it for 3-5 days longer? It is also worth noting that bananas are ethylene-producing fruits, so keep them away from the rest of your produce.
8. Let Your Tomatoes Breathe
Store ripe tomatoes at room temperature, making sure they don’t touch each other. Don’t keep them in a grocery bag!
9. Put Paper Towel On Your Salad
To preserve your salad longer and avoid wilted leaves, place a paper towel over it and then wrap it in plastic bag. The bag helps absorb excess moisture and increase its shelf life.