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11 Tips to Keep Your Fresh Food Fresh
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11 Tips to Keep Your Fresh Food Fresh

Here are some handy tips I've come across over the last while, via internet searches, working in the food industry and through trial and error.

  • Keeping Lemons Fresh for Longer: Store lemons in a plastic bag in the fridge instead of out on the counter and they will last for a lot longer.
  • Keeping Bananas Fresh for Longer: Have you ever seen a bit of plastic at the top of a bunch of bananas? I never really clued in to why this was done, but it apparently helps to keep bananas fresh for longer. Hanging your bananas will also prevent them from ripening as quickly.
  • Use Glass instead of Plastic for Storage: Some plastic containers can leech into your foods and also alter the taste. Glass is usually a much safer option for food storage.
  • Store Chopped Veggies in Cold Water: I learned this while working in a raw food kitchen. Wash and chop veggies such as carrots, radishes and celery and place them into a container filled with cold water, then store them in the fridge. This will help them to last much longer and stay crisp. Plus, they are already cleaned and chopped and ready to go!
  • Reviving Lettuce: I go through at least a couple of heads of romaine each week, but I find that the leaves go limp quickly. Submerge in lettuce cold water for a few minutes, allow to dry and then place back in the fridge or eat and the leaves will be crispy again.
  • Freeze what you don’t think you can eat: Many things can be frozen and will still taste good when thawed and heated up or baked afterwards. If you are worried you might end up wasting some food, then freeze what you can. 
  • Store Mushrooms in a Paper bag: Sometimes mushrooms come wrapped in plastic. Remove the plastic and transfer to a paper bag and store in the fridge and it will help them to last longer.
  • Keep Baking Soda in Your Fridge: Baking Soda will help to keep your food fresh and prevent spoilage.
  • Keep Fruit of different Ripeness separated: If you have 2 bananas that are close to spoiling and 2 that aren't, keep them separated. The more ripe fruit will speed up the rate of spoilage for the less ripe bananas.
  • Storing Celery: I usually don't go through celery quickly enough, so I rarely buy it because of this. Try storing celery in aluminum oil and place it in the fridge. It'll last longer than if you store it in a plastic bag because the plastic will trap the ethylene gas and cause the rate of spoilage to increase. The aluminum foil allows this gas to be released.
  • Tomatoes and Cucumbers: Both Tomatoes and Cucumbers should be stored at room temperature. I have never done this with cucumbers before, but then again, I usually go through them within a day or so, so it has never really been an issue to keep them in the fridge. If you don't think you are going to get to it within a day or so, try storing it at room temperature. I like cucumbers to be cold, so if you are going to be using them, then pop them in the fridge for a bit before eating.
  • Informative page on how to store different kinds of fruits and vegetables (without using plastic)

 

 

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  1. Eve Sherrill York
    Eve Sherrill York
    Good info.
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  2. Giulia Simolo
    Giulia Simolo
    Good tips!
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