Eating healthfully involves buying and consuming a large number of fresh foods. At the same time, you’re likely cutting back on packaged processed products. For this reason, a few foods storage tips can go a long way to helping you to save money and continue your healthy eating with greater ease.
After all, it’s the processed packaged foods that last the longest. They’re usually full of preservatives, which gives them a long shelf life. The same can’t necessarily be said about fresh fruits, veggies, dairy and meats. Therefore, by learning the best foods storage tips you can stretch the life of those fresh foods for greater savings and convenience.
None of us want to have to throw out a lot of food that has spoiled. At the same time, we’d like to take advantage of bulk sales. Not to mention the time savings when you don’t need to head to the supermarket every two days to make sure you’re not letting anything go bad.
The following foods storage tips can help you to prevent your healthful foods from going bad.
Keep berries mold-free – as soon as you bring fresh berries home, give them a bit of a soak in one part vinegar to ten parts water. Then, rinse and dry them well. This will kill mold spores on their surfaces and will let you store them for longer before they risk turning fuzzy.
Store your onions and garlic bulbs in a panty hose leg (separately). When stored this way, they can last up to 8 months. Put a knot in the panty hose between each onion or garlic bulb.
Keep honey forever – honey may crystallize over time, but it doesn’t mean it has gone bad. To return it to a liquid state, simply place it in a glass container with an open lid and warm it up in some boiling water or even in the microwave.
Keep certain items away from each other. Onions, potatoes and apples should not be stored together. The closer these foods are to one another, the faster they will spoil.
Freeze tomato paste – once you’ve opened the can, freeze the rest in a small ice cube tray covered in plastic wrap to keep it clean. That way, you’ll have small portions of tomato paste available whenever you want them without having to throw out most of the can each time – because very few of us need a whole can of tomato paste within a small period of time.
Wrap broccoli, lettuce and celery in aluminum foil for four or more weeks of crispy freshness.