Groceries are certainly not cheap these days. Many households spend hundreds of dollars every month feeding their families and making those groceries last is important.
Properly storing food is essential in order to make it last as long as it should. There are different ways of storing food that can help it to remain fresh for several days or even weeks after you purchase it. Before you head out to the grocery store, be sure to take the time to read through our list of grocery saving tips so that you know how to store that food to keep it around a bit longer.
There are a few tricks that will help you to keep food fresher so that it lasts longer. If you have ever bought lettuce and thrown half of it away because it turned brown a few days later or found that your onions simply did not last long enough for you to use them all, you may need to learn a few of these tips.
Keep Eggs on the Shelf
If you want eggs to last longer, store them inside the fridge as opposed to in the door. Eggs that are stored on a middle shelf will last up to 4 weeks past their sell by date and those stored in the door will often begin to go bad right around the sell by date. Even if you have an egg holder in the door, avoid keeping eggs there.
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Use Ice on Stale Bread
In order to perk up bread that is stale, rub it with an ice cube and then bake it for 12 minutes at about 200 degrees. This helps to soften the bread and makes it taste fresh. Note that moldy bread should not be eaten. Only use this for bread that is a couple of days past its sell by date.
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Put Salt in Milk
In order to keep milk fresh a bit longer, you can add just a pinch of salt to the carton. This also works with heavy cream. Just a pinch of salt will never be noticed when you taste the milk and it can help to prolong the freshness by up to a week past the use by date.
Store Raisins in a Jar
In order to keep raisins from hardening, store them in a mason jar with a tight lid. If they have hardened before you get them to the jar, you can revive them by dropping them into a pot and submerging them in water. Bring water to a slight boil and then turn off the stove. Allow the raisins to steep for about 10 minutes and then drain.
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Freeze Ripened Bananas for Baking
If you have bananas that have gotten too ripe to be eaten whole, you can still use them for baking. If you are not quite ready to turn your ripened bananas into yummy muffins, just peel and freeze them. Wrap them individually in plastic wrap and store several in a freezer bag. Then just thaw them out and you are ready to bake.
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Freeze Tomato Paste
When you open a can of tomato paste and you only need a spoonful or so, instead of throwing the rest out or putting it in the fridge, you can freeze what is left over. Just dollop it onto wax paper and stick in the freezer. Once frozen, you can peel the tomato paste off the paper and store your paste dollops in a freezer bag. You don’t even have to thaw them out before cooking with them.
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Store Bread in the Right Containers
Keeping bread fresh comes down to knowing what containers it should be in when storing it. If you are buying bread by the loaf, it is in the right container. The bag will help to keep it fresh. Pre-sliced sandwich bread should be stored in the bag. Crustier breads such as Artisanal breads should be stored in plastic bags to keep them from turning spongy.
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Freeze Flour and Sugar
If you tend to buy up more flour and sugar than you typically need, you can keep them in the freezer to preserve their freshness. Just sit the entire bag in the freezer and you can keep it there for up to six months or longer. There is no need to thaw it out because it won’t really freeze but it will help to keep it fresh.
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Keep Cut Fruit Fresher
When cutting fruit, you can dunk slices in ginger-ale or lemon-lime soda to prevent the insides from turning brown. Just place the fruit in a bowl and add the liquid. Allow it to soak for about 15 minutes or so and then strain and pat dry. The taste of the fruit won’t change and it will stay fresher looking for much longer.
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Orange Juice Keeps Peaches Fresh
Orange juice is great for keeping peaches fresh when freezing. Just slice in half and remove the pit and then dip only the fleshy side into orange juice. Place the peaches on a cookie sheet with the flesh side up and freeze. Once they are frozen hard, you can transfer them into freezer bags and date them so that you know when you froze them.
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