20 Popular Food Preservation Tips in 2016

It wasn’t just videos of cats, dogs and pandas (yes pandas!) that went viral online. Social media actually distributes useful tips with practical applications, and none were more welcome than tips about proper food storage. As many people have discovered to their dismay, it’s not always enough that you have a good refrigerator.

Here are some food storage and preservation tips you may never have thought of:

  1. Cakes. Untouched cakes can last several days, but put them in the fridge in they can last for weeks. In the freezer, they can stay fresh for months. But the cake may become stale when you get a slice, so to keep the cake fresh you need to place sliced bread on the open ends. Just stick them on with toothpicks.
  2. Lettuce. To keep lettuce fresh, store them in a glass jar. That can make them last up to a month.
  3. Scallions. You can store scallions in a jar of water, and they can last 3 times longer. You can just cut the amount you need and the rest will continue to grow in the jar.
  4. Pineapple. Most people store pineapples with the leafy part on top. However, you can remove that leafy top so that it can stand upright when you turn it upside down. This will make it stay fresh longer, because the sugars that have sunk to the bottom of the pineapple can be redistributed.
  5. Cheese. Don’t store them in plastic containers. Instead, wrap cheese in parchment paper to help it to retain its flavor and remain fresh longer. For sour cream or cottage cheese containers, turn them upside down. That helps create a vacuum that discourages the growth of food-spoiling bacteria.
  6. Ground Beef. For better results, ground beef packets should be divided into distinct portions inside the freezer bag. Use a chopstick or similar tool to create a “tic-tac-toe” pattern on the ground beef.
  7. Carrots. The fridge isn’t always the best place the store carrots. Get a box and fill it up with moist sand or sawdust, and use this to store your carrots and other root vegetables. They’ll last for several months this way.
  8. Apples. These fruits can last for up to 6 months, as long as you keep environment humid and at around 30 to 35 degrees F. Your crisper drawer is a nice place, just as long as you remove all the bruised or rotting ones from the rest.
  9. Tomatoes. Contrary to pupil belief, keeping tomatoes cold inside the fridge isn’t the best way to preserve them. Instead, they should be stored at room temperature. Just place them in a bowl lined with paper towels. To keep the top from bruising, keep the stems facing up.
  10. Leafy greens. Lettuce and other leafy greens should be wrapped in paper towels. The paper towel absorbs moisture, so the lettuce won’t wilt right away.
  11. Bananas. Keep bananas separate, and then put some plastic wrap around each stem. This will keep the bananas fresh for an additional 4 days.
  12. Fresh herbs. You’re not alone in your love of herbs, but everyone also hates it when they spoil. You can help by putting your fresh herbs in olive oil before you put it in the freezer. This minimizes the browning and freezer burn that occurs when your fresh herbs become stuck in the freezer.
  13. Leftover tomato paste. You open a can of tomato paste, and often it turns out that your recipe only calls for a small amount. What’s annoying is that even when you place the leftover tomato paste in the fridge it spoils rather quickly. But you can keep it fresh for longer by putting the tomato paste in a plastic sandwich bag. Just make some smaller portions inside the bag (like what you need to do with the ground beef we mentioned earlier).
  14. Scrambled eggs. Just mix the eggs in one of your bowls, and then put in a little sugar or salt. Then put this mixture in an airtight freezer bag before you put it in the freezer.
  15. Onions. Did you know that onions can last for up to 8 months? Just store them in pantyhose and tie a knot between each onion to keep them apart.
  16. Berries. Get rid of mold in your berries by washing the berries in a mixture of 1 part vinegar to 10 parts water.
  17. Onions, Apples and Potatoes. Keep this produce items separate. Bunching them all together causes them to spoil more quickly.
  18. Honey. Just put it in a tight jar and keep it in a cool place. Even if it changes color or becomes more solid after a time, the honey is still good.
  19. Fridge temps. Adjusts it to 36 to 37 degrees F instead of 38 degrees F. The slightly lower temperature can increase the food shelf life.
  20. Forget about Tupperware. To store food, use Mason jars instead. The food stays fresh longer and you don’t even get stains in your glass containers.

Category: General Food

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