These days, nobody has the time to go shopping for groceries and food items as they need it. Instead, we make a weekly trip to the supermarket and load our carts up with everything so we have it on hand when we need it. But once you get back home and put them away, sometimes we end up not using them soon enough and they can go bad. Here are 10 tips and tricks that you can try to make your food last and stay fresh longer.
Store milk in the freezer.
If you wish you could buy milk in advance to save some time, or already have too much to use up soon, don’t worry. You can keep it from going sour by storing it in the freezer for up to 4-6 weeks. Make sure to open up the seal and take some out, though, as liquids tend to expand when frozen.
Save egg yolks in an ice cube tray.
I hate wasting food, but when a recipe calls for just egg whites, there was nothing I can do with the yolks before they spoil. That is until I figured out that freezing them in ice cube trays with a dash of salt or sugar sprinkled over them will help them stay fresh and retain their texture once thawed.
Store sauces in freezer bags
When you’ve got leftover sauce, or you make a large batch when you have the time, so you can make a quick meal when you don’t, store it in portion-sized freezer bags. You can then just add the frozen sauce straight into your dish when you need to!
Wrap lettuce leaves in paper towels.
Make sure you’ve got crisp lettuce to go on that burger or salad by wrapping in paper towels before placing it in the fridge. The moisture that the leaves let out will be absorbed by the towels and the leaves won’t go limp.
Wrap apples individually.
Apples are one of the fruits that can stay fresh for a long time without losing their taste or texture when stored in the refrigerator. But the trick is to make sure they aren’t touching, so you should wrap each one individually -old newspapers would be perfect for this job- before storing them.
Take carrots back to nature.
According to gardeners, the best way to ensure that carrots stay fresh and crisp is to store them in some sand! They say this is because sand slows down water evaporation, which will help keep the carrots from rotting.
Turn cottage cheese and sour cream upside down.
Turning the sour cream and cottage cheese tubs upside down will create a vacuum inside the container, which will prevent bacteria from growing inside. This means that these items can last up to two times their use-by date.
Store onions in a glass of water.
Onions can be kept fresh for a longer period of time by being placed inside water. Just put them in a jar filled with clean water, and they will keep growing. You can shear them whenever you need to use them.
Salads in a jar isn’t just a fad.
Glass jars are the best containers to use for making sure that herbs and fresh greens like garlic, parsley, and onion retain their flavour and don’t spoil. They can last up to a month when stored in this way.
Store honey in glass jar.
Honey has natural properties in it that act as a preservative, so it is automatically inclined to last for a long time. However, this process can be disturbed if it is not stored properly. The most suitable container is a dark-colored glass container with an airtight lid. Do not store them in jars made of metal, chipped enamel or jars with lids made or zinc as these can cause the honey to oxidize and spoil.