Make Your Groceries Last Longer

Throwing away food is like throwing away money. You can save yourself a lot of frustration and the dreaded walk of shame from the fridge to the garbage can with these amazing tips to help your hard-earned groceries last longer.

  • A clean fridge helps keep foods fresh. If something has gone bad in your refrigerator, microscopic spores can remain and cause fresh food to spoil faster.
  • Keep your fresh foods upfront and visible in the fridge. Out of sight, out of mind definitely applies to produce and meats in your fridge. If you see them, you’re more likely to use them.
  • Use mason jars over plastic containers to store food. The glass keeps an extra layer of chilly insulation and the airtight lid is even better than its plastic counterpart. Food stored in jars will last about 3 days longer.
  • Wrap the crown of your bananas with plastic wrap to keep them from turning brown, and keep them from touching other fruits.
  • See a rotten piece of fruit in the fruit bowl? Toss it out right away. One bad piece starts the others spoiling faster.
  • Rub a little butter on the cut side of your block of parmesan cheese to keep it from drying out.
  • Wrap blocks of cheese in wax paper instead of plastic wrap and store in the warmest part of the fridge.
  • Store potatoes and apples together to keep them both lasting longer.
  • Keep potatoes and onions away from each other in the pantry. They have a dysfunctional relationship and things go bad fast.
  • Pre-packaged salads have a very short life. A whole head of lettuce lasts up to three times as long.
  • Spray uneaten guacamole or avocado with non-stick spray to keep the surface from turning brown.
  • An ethylene gas absorber in your produce drawer keeps your produce from taking queues that it’s time to start spoiling.
  • Bread stored in the fridge will last twice as long. Bread in the freezer can last up to three months.
  • When you bring berries and grapes home from the grocery store, give them a soak in a bowl of cold water with 1 tablespoon of white vinegar. It will clean the pesticides off and keep them fresh in the fridge for up to two weeks.
  • Store mushrooms in a closed paper bag to keep them fresh and dry.
  • Wrap lettuce, celery, and broccoli in tin foil instead of plastic wrap.
  • Keep tomatoes at room temperature, out of sunlight, stem side down. The stem side releases ethylene gas, which speeds the process of spoiling.
  • Store fresh ginger in the freezer. Not only will it last for up to a month, it peels and grates even better when frozen.
  • Chop fresh herbs and add them to ice cube trays with olive oil, then freeze them. You’ll have fresh, herb-infused olive cubes to cook with at any time.
  • Frittatas are a great way to use up produce before it goes bad. It makes a great breakfast or dinner.
  • If your fresh produce has gone bad within 24-48 hours of purchase, try taking it back to the store. Most grocers will replace it if it wasn’t fresh when purchased.
  • If you buy onions in bulk, store them in pantyhose with knots tied in between each onion. They will last in a cool, dark pantry for up to 8 months.

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