All of us want to keep our food fresh for longer because we don’t want to be wasteful, and of course because we are watching our budgets.
A lot of food waste can be avoided by learning a few simple food storage tips because when foods are stored properly, they’ll stay fresher for a longer period of time.
Some things are obvious, if you leave food out on the counter or in the sun, it is going to spoil. However if you put it in the fridge, you are onto something. And if you put it in the fridge in an airtight container, it will last for much longer.
But there are a few more things you can do to make sure your healthy food stays fresh for longer, so I’m sharing some quick tips for storing food that will help keep it fresh.
One of the most important tips is to check on the expiration date on foods while you’re shopping. It’s fine to buy foods that are a day or two away from their expiration date, but only do it if you know you are going to use them soon.
Put Paper Towels in the Salad Drawer
Lining your crisper with a few sheets of kitchen towel absorbs the condensation that the veggies generate as they chill. Excess moisture can make your fresh foods wilt and much faster, so the paper keeps them fresher for longer, and it keeps your fridge cleaner without any extra effort.
Keep your Bananas Together on the Bunch
You are not doing yourself any good by separating your bananas in day to day portions. They will quickly go brown. To keep them fresh for as long as possible, wrap the stems in cling film and only snap off one at a time when you are ready to eat it. Store bananas at room temperature until ripe. If they’ve over-ripened, stick them in the freezer and use them to make banana bread later on.
Put an Apple in your Bag of Potatoes
This sounds like an old wives’ tale, but if you keep your potatoes in a paper bag or even in a rack, put an apple on the top. Apples produce ethylene gas, which keeps potatoes fresher and firmer, and less likely to sprout.
Keep Apples away from other Fruit and Veggies
The ethylene gas trick works on potatoes but is bad for almost everything else. If you want your fruit to last longer don’t put apples with other fruit in a bowl. If your apples start getting soft, you can always cook them rather than eating them raw.
Best Way to Store Olives
Store them in their brine in an airtight container. Careful not to use your hands to retrieve the olives as the liquid will turn milky and the olives will begin to get soft faster.
Don’t Refrigerate Tomatoes
Tomatoes may last longer in the fridge, but they lose their taste. You’ll kill their flavour, and their juicy texture doesn’t survive so well in the cold either. To make the most of your tomatoes, keep them on a counter to allow them to ripen. If you notice your tomatoes are about to go bad, roast them in slices or chunks. Place the roasted pieces in a container with olive oil, and they’ll stay good in the fridge for about a week.
Other Veggies that Shouldn’t live in the Fridge
Other veggies that shouldn’t live in the fridge include potatoes and onions. They should be stored in a cool dark place rather than within the sun’s reach.
Get the most out of your Spring Onions
You can triple the lifespan of spring onions by storing them in a jar of water on your counter top. The tops will keep growing and you can snip them off as needed!
Celery should be Wrapped in Foil
If kept in the plastic wrapper you get from the supermarket, celery will last a week or two at most. Swap the original packaging for a sheet of aluminium foil – it lets the gas that spoils your celery escape, rather than trapping it like plastic, so the celery stays crisper for longer.
Wash Berries with Water and Vinegar
Wash berries in water and a small splash of vinegar before refrigerating them to help keep them fresh. Store them in the plastic container. Place them in the back of the fridge where it stays coldest.
My favourite tips to keep healthy food fresh for longer involves celery, carrots, and radishes. To keep them fresh, chop them and store them in the fridge in a container of water. They’ll stay fresh for a surprisingly long time this way.
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