8 Hacks to Keep Your Food Fresh and Last Longer

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A lot of us tend to throw our food away, and not just because we have too much in our fridges, but because we don’t know how to keep it fresh. But the truth is: if you know a little bit about this subject (food storage, that is), you can save yourself a lot of money by making the most out of your groceries.

One of the biggest enemies of food is oxygen. It not only reacts with the natural fats and sugars in food, causing it to go off but also makes it taste stale. So the best way to store food for as long as possible is to keep it airtight.

Storing food properly can help you save money and keep your family healthy. Keep reading to find out how you can keep food fresher for longer. Some of these methods might seem odd but it’s worth giving them a go. Who knows, you might even discover something new about your favorite foods!


Wrap cheese in paper

Cheese is served on the plate

The cheese will always age, but by keeping your cheese wrapped in paper, you’re slowing down the oxidation process and keeping your cheese fresher for longer. Cheese breathes the same way we do, and the more airtight you wrap it – wrapping it in plastic or foil, for example – the more moisture is absorbed from the air around it and the more likely it is to go off.

Wrapping cheese in the paper helps keep moisture in and bad smells out, which means a longer shelf life and less chance of moldy bits turning up on your crackers.

If you’re planning on taking your cheese with you on a picnic, keep it in cheese storage bags or place slices between two pieces of waxed paper or baking parchment. The waxed paper or baking parchment will prevent moisture from seeping into the bread or crackers, keeping everything nice and fresh until it’s ready to be eaten.


Proper storage for fruits and vegetables

If you are going to store fruit or vegetables in a fridge then make sure they are properly sealed and do not allow any moisture to get in. Place vegetables like carrots at the bottom of your fridge and fruit on the shelves so that they do not touch any walls. Make sure your fridge is set at the right temperature; anything above 5C can cause condensation to form inside which will speed up the rotting process

If you are storing fresh food that does not need refrigeration, such as lettuce, you will want to place a paper towel between each layer, for extra protection and then wrap it in plastic. If you are storing fresh produce such as carrots, peppers or potatoes make sure they are not touching each other, then wrap them loosely in newspaper before placing them into a box or a plastic bag. The newspaper will absorb any excess moisture.


Store milk in the refrigerator.

Your fridge should be set at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below to help prevent bacteria from growing in your milk. If you’ve accidentally left your milk out on the counter for too long and it’s gone sour, throw it away immediately. You can’t save old milk by putting it back in the fridge because the bacteria has already started to grow and will throw off the taste of your entire carton of milk.

Choose glass over plastic when purchasing milk. Plastic containers are not airtight and allow oxygen to enter into your milk carton. Oxygen will speed up the spoiling process of your milk. Plastic is also more likely to pick up odors from other foods or liquids stored next to it in your refrigerator.


Keep mushrooms in a paper bag

Mushrooms are like sponges – they soak up all the moisture around them and then release it, long after they’ve been picked, causing them to go slimy and bad. To prevent this, store them in a brown paper bag with a bit of dry soil or bread inside – it will absorb the moisture but still allow air to circulate so they don’t go moldy.


Keep apples and bananas away from other fruits

Apples and bananas are both susceptible to bruising from other products in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator. They’re also both highly susceptible to ethylene gas, which can cause them both to ripen prematurely. To prevent this from happening, keep these fruits in a cool place where there is very little ventilation. Keep these fruits away from each other in a separate drawer or use a plastic bag for each one to keep out any ethylene gas that may leak from other produce.

Bananas will also last longer if you store them with their stems still intact. This helps to slow down the decay of the fruit, so don’t cut them off until you’re ready to use them.


Cook or freeze your meat

When it comes to storing meat, there are a few key points you need to remember. First of all, meat should be stored in the fridge. This is important because bacteria can easily multiply at room temperature, leading to food poisoning and illness. Secondly, meat that’s been cooked is actually better for storage than raw meat. This is because the act of cooking breaks down the proteins in the meat and reduces any harmful bacteria present.


Use Old tights for Onions

Like many other foods, onions should be kept somewhere dark, cool, and ventilated – do not store them near potatoes, as this will cause them to go soft faster

The best way to store onions is in layers in a brown paper bag, with the root end down and the dry side up. To make them last even longer, store each onion in an old pair of tights and hang them in a dark cupboard – this should extend their life by a further two months at least!


Wash berries in vinegar

Rinse all berries thoroughly with vinegar before consuming them. Vinegar kills bacteria and molds that can cause fruit to spoil. Then wash them again with clean water. Leave the berries open on a paper towel to absorb any extra moisture before using them in recipes.

In addition, By soaking your berries in a mixture of 1 part white vinegar and 3 parts water for 15 minutes before refrigerating them (or freezing them), you can reduce the rate at which they produce ethylene and slow down their ripening process. You’ll also be able to use them for much longer before they spoil.


Points to Ponder

It is not hard to keep your groceries fresh and last longer. With the use of some simple steps and additional tools, you can keep your food fresh a little bit longer. Hope you enjoyed our article, you can also check TheMommiesReviews.com for more family tips!



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