25 Food Storage Hacks Everyone Needs to Know

Most of us will agree that buying food in bulk is a great way to save money. Purchasing food in larger quantities is an opportunity to save some dollars and keep us from taking frequent trips to the grocers.

Storing your food properly is the trick to prolonging their shelf life. Discover the right way to store food and reduce waste by following these simple tips:

  1. Use pantyhose to store onions. Onions can last for a long time as long as they are kept dry and away from anything that produces moisture. Onions stored properly in a pantyhose can last for as long as eight months. You can tie knots between each onion to separate each from another.
  2. Have separate containers for each produce. Well, this is a no brainer. We all know how fruits and vegetables rot fast when stored in single container together. This is because some fruits and vegetables produce more gas than others. When ethylene-producing foods are kept in close proximity with ethylene-sensitive foods, especially in a confined space, the gas will speed up the ripening process of the other produce.
  3. Wash berries with vinegar. To avoid mold from developing in berries, wash them in one part vinegar to ten parts water before storing them in airtight containers. Place them in the fridge to keep them fresh longer.
  4. Honey can last forever. Although honey may change its color and appearance over time, it can definitely last a lifetime. The trick is to store it on an airtight bottle and place it in a cool and dry area of the pantry.
  5. Keep your milk cold. Because dairy products spoil easily, it is very important to place your opened milk containers in the coldest area of your fridge. However, unopened containers can be stored even outside the fridge.
  6. Preserve eggs. Beaten egg yolks mixed with a little salt or sugar can last for a year. Just make sure you place them on airtight containers and store them in your freezer.
  7. What to do with leftover tomato paste? We seldom use an entire can of tomato paste when we cook meals. To keep leftover tomato paste, transfer it on a ziplock bag and store it inside the freezer. You can also portion it is smaller servings so you don’t need to thaw everything when you need some.
  8. Keep herbs fresh. Herbs can be prevented from wilting by placing them in a container with olive oil. Place the container inside the freezer and enjoy fresh herbs when you need them.
  9. Cover banana stems. Bananas rot faster when exposed to too much moisture. Wrap clingwrap on each banana stem to keep them fresh for days.
  10. Tin foil for veggies. Wrap celery, broccoli, lettuce and other vegetables in tin foil to keep them fresh and crisp longer.
  11. Prep veggies before storing. Leftovers veggies can be cleaned, chopped and blanched in hot water before placing them in airtight plastic bags. Store them in the freezer to keep them fresh for days.
  12. Wrap the greens. Like tin foil, paper towels can also the do trick. Wrap unwashed leafy vegetables in paper towels to keep moisture from developing, thereby helping it stay fresh longer.
  13. Keep ginger fresh. Grate your leftover ginger, place it inside the freezer over parchment paper and then transfer it to an airtight container once frozen. Now you don’t have to worry about throwing your excess.
  14. Keep tomatoes away from cold. Most people think storing tomatoes inside the fridge will keep them fresh longer. However, tomatoes are best stored at room temperature, in a place away from direct heat and moisture.
  15. Keep apples fresh longer. Apples are best stored in humid environment. The best place for them to be stored in inside the fridge, in the crisper drawer, away from other produce.
  16. Sandbox in your kitchen. Root vegetables like carrots and sweet potatoes are best stored in moist sand. This is like imitating the environment where these crops grew.
  17. Portion your meat. Although properly stored meats can last for a long time, thawing over and over can speed up its spoilage. Store your meats in small portions, in separate containers so you can keep them inside the freezer until you need to use them.
  18. Flip over your dairy items. Dairy products that come in plastic cup containers like yogurt, sour cream and cottage cheese will last longer if you store them in the fridge upside down.
  19. Glass is better than plastic. Food stored in glass containers stays fresh longer than those stored in plastic containers.
  20. Parchment paper for cheese. Because parchment paper can prevent moisture in food, cheese wrapped in it and stored properly can stay fresh longer.
  21. Flip your pineapple. Cut off the leaves on pineapple and store it upside down inside the fridge. This helps in redistributing its sugar, helping it stay fresh longer.
  22. Lower the temp. Set your fridge at optimal temperature to prolong the shelf life of your food stored inside.
  23. Place your lettuce in a jar. In addition to the tin foil and paper towel trick, lettuce stored in clean bottle can stay fresh up to a month.
  24. Let the scallion grow. Place your scallions in a jar with small amount of water and let it grow. You can trim the amount you need and let it grow continuously.
  25. Freeze your breads. Breads and other baked goods can last even past their due dates when properly stored inside the freezer.

Category: General Food

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