Every year, consumers in developed countries waste as much food as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa. That’s a lot of food waste. You probably know the sad feeling of throwing away spoiled food before you even got the chance to cook with it. To ensure you groceries stay fresh for longer, follow these simple, creative tricks.
#1 Start Filling your Freezer
The freezer is the “pause” button of your kitchen. Any fruit or vegetable can last longer when stored in the freezer, so resort to your freezer if you fear your food is going to spoil anytime soon.
#2 Clean your Fridge Often
The key to fresh food is a clean fridge. The chemicals and residue of old food will infect and ripen your newer food. Wipe down your fridge regularly to disinfect and deodorize the contents of your fridge.
Apples release a vast amount of ethylene. Reducing the ethylene gas that is emitted from spoiled apples will decrease the ripening of others. Simply toss your old apples to keep your other ones fresh for longer.
To extend the life of your asparagus, place them in a bunch into a glass or vase of water, as you would a bouquet of flowers. Cover the top of the asparagus with a plastic bag and store in the fridge. This is because the asparagus will stay nourished through chemical adhesion and cohesion.
Nothing turns your taste buds off more than finding your berry batch caked with mold. If you see packages that have slits on top and paper squares on the bottom, they have been purposely made to absorb ethylene. If the packaging has been designed to stop this from happening, keep the berries in it. If not, put the berries into a Ziploc bag.
If you love soft, fluffy bread, stop storing it in the fridge! It has no effect on the shelf-life on your bread, in fact, it will make staler and harder much faster. Invest in a bread basket, or store it in your pantry with all other dried and canned foods at room temperature.
#7 Cottage Cheese
Flip your cottage cheese upside down. When cottage cheese is the right side up, air leaks into the container and speed up its maturing. When you flip them upside down, you seal off any additional air pockets.
Add a pinch of salt to your milk to keep it fresher longer. If salt is added to milk, it interferes with calcium ions and thus impedes the curdling, emulsification and albumin metabolism of the milk.
Ditch the plastic wrapping and store your mushrooms in a brown paper bag and folding over the top. This will keep the mushroom dry and fresh as it deters moisture from ripening the mushroom.
#10 Tomato Paste
Frustrated when recipes call for the tiniest bit of tomato paste and you’re left with an almost full can? Pour the leftover paste into an ice cube tray and store in the fridge or even freezer depending on use. Simply take out a piece or two, heat it, and you’re ready to go.
Keeping your groceries fresh is not only convenient for you, but it’s also healthier and better for the environment. We hope you use these tips to limit your food waste and enjoy your food for longer.
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