Masses of food is wasted every year because we make mistakes with how we store our food, or the fact that we don't store foods right away after preparing it. We all know that dreaded smell when you open the fridge and you're not sure where it's coming from.
But with the help of this savvy guide on food storage, you can make the most of your food and leftovers to reduce waste. Plus, these nifty tips can help to reduce your weekly shopping bill as you won't be chucking so much away!
Rinse Your Berries!
We love the little balls of antioxidant bliss, but if they are stored incorrectly they turn into little bacterial balls of rancidness, even as early as 24 hours after storing. As soon as you buy the next batch, unpack them and rinse them off using a mixture of 3 parts water and 1 part vinegar. Dry them by gently patting with a tea towel or paper towel, and then store them in a container with holes in the lid (if you don't have one, use a knife to make small holes). If you get through a lot of berries, use an old cleaned up spray bottle and make up the solution in advance so you can wash them easily without hassle in future. BY doing this, you can ensure that the berries last 2-3 times longer!
Don't Leave Food Before Putting It In The Fridge
The fridge is great for prolonging food produce life, but if you leave it out for a couple of hours before it goes in the fridge, the oxidation process has already begun and you will already have cut the life of the food. As soon as you have left overs, prepared food or new food to store, get it in the fridge.
Use Up Dented Canned Food
If you have a dented can in the cupboard, bring it to the front to get used up quickly, as the dent will cause tiny cracks that will ensure your food will spoil well before the date on the tin.
Leafy Greens And Bags Don't Mix
Ok, so your spinach or kale is sold in a plastic bags- it won't last at home though! The lack of circulation of air will cause the yummy foods to rot away quickly, so get some containers with perforated lids or again, make your own. This will give your leafy greens a much, much longer life.
Rotate and Tag Your Frozen Food
When you put leftovers or unboxed items in the freezer, make sure you label them and put the date on them. But also, another important tip is to rotate the goods too so you don't forget about those older bags. When you add more stuff, bring the older items to the front to remind you that they are there and ensure they get used up.
Storing Dry Foods In Jars
Those packets and boxes that dry foods come in are great, but if you have a lot of it, the packaging isn't good enough to prevent it going stale and keep out little critters. Instead, buy airtight jars with metal clipped lids (Mason jars), as these keep the dry foods fresh and stop anything from getting in that shouldn't be in there.
Onions And Potatoes Are Not Friends
According to research, potatoes and onions both release gases that cause the other to rot faster, and so if you store them together they will both spoil more quickly. Yes, don't worry, we've all done it.
Know Your Dates
Leftovers can sit in the fridge and before you know it, days can have passed and you've not realised. If you're not sure how long it's been there, for the love of God - DO NOT USE IT. Instead, adopt a new scheme and when you package leftovers up, freeze them OR put them in a container and date the lid. If it's been there more than 2 days, don't use it.
Get Your Tupperware In Order
If you're going to be able to store your food properly, you need a good assortment of Tupperware in different shapes of sizes for various purposes. Also, using jars and foods bags is handy for storing in the fridge and freezer. If you want to go a step further, you could invest in a food vacuum mechanism to help reduce storage space as well as prolong the life of your food.
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