Food storage has many benefits and is something which can be done easily with the right knowledge and tools. Here is a list I made on how storing food correctly can make everyday life easier.
1. Save on grocery bills,
2. Prepare for emergencies,
3. One can buy in bulk,
4. helps you eat healthier,
5. Less visits to the grocery store,
6. Helps the environment,
7. Limits and avoids preservatives,
8. Can help make dieting easier.
· Apply lemon juice to a sliced avocado.
Ascorbic acid in lemon juice lowers the pH of an avocado's surface, making it more acidic. This acidity inhibits enzymes in the exposed areas from turning the avocado brown.
· Potatoes and their Onion enemies!
Potatoes and onions don't make good neighbours. Potatoes should always be kept separate from onions because gases from onions can actually accelerate sprouting in potatoes. Store your potatoes in a cool, dark, and dry place to maximize lifespan.
· Potatoes and Apples are BFFs!
Keeping your apples with your potatoes will help potatoes survive an extra week or two. Like most other produce, apples emit ethylene gas. This gas causes other fruits and veggies to ripen and rot quickly. However, that same ethylene gas actually keeps potatoes from sprouting.
· One rotten apple spoils the bunch!
Though apples have an incredibly long shelf life, storing them with fruits that are already ripe or have been bruised is a mistake. Produce gives off more ethylene the riper it is. That means that one over-ripe apple can push the others around it to turn brown before their time, starting a snowball effect of ripening and rotting.
· Save your lettuce!!
Soggy greens are a terrible sight. Stop your lettuce from wilting before its time by storing it in a sealed mason jar. Prepping lettuce and keeping it in a glass mason jar in the refrigerator will prevent your greens from losing that crispness.
· Take care of your bananas
You can keep bananas fresh days longer by separating each fruit from the bunch and wrapping each of their stems in plastic wrap. This is because bananas release ethylene gas from their stems, which speeds up ripening. By capping their stems in plastic wrap, you're limiting the fruit's exposure to this gas.
· Soak your berries!
Soaking berries in water and vinegar helps keep fuzzy mold off and also extends their life. The vinegar and water solution of 1/4 cup vinegar and 1 1/2 cups water, destroys bacteria and mold spores and allows the berries to last longer.
· Flip your cottage cheese when storing it.
We all know bacteria is what causes food to spoil so by flipping your cottage cheese container, it creates a vacuum and helps inhibit growth.
· Store grated ginger in the freezer.
Ginger root already has a pretty good shelf life if you keep it in a cool, dry place but if you always want grated ginger at hand, grate it and store it in an airtight container in the freezer. It will keep for up to six months.
· Freeze milk if you’re afraid it will go bad.
Have a lot of milk and you’re afraid it will spoil? Theoretically, milk can last up to 3 months but its consistency and flavour will change. So freeze your milk and thaw when needed.