Did you know that grocery bills can rival those for common household necessities, like electricity and water, for many Americans? In other words, groceries can be very pricey. That’s why it is vital to keep your food fresh for as long as possible. Aside from helping you to avoid needless trips to the store, taking extra care of perishable items will lessen your risk for food-borne illnesses. So, save your hard-earned money today and change the ways you store these common kitchen food items.
Protect your eggs from warmer temperatures.
You know that eggs should be stored in the refrigerator, but did you know that where you put them can make a difference? Do not store eggs in the door of your refrigerator, as this is the warmest place of your fridge. Rather, the best place to keep them is in the center of the interior compartment toward the back. This will keep your eggs fresh for as long as possible.
Keep vegetables crisp for a week.
Vegetables are crucial to a healthy diet. Yet, they seem to spoil so quickly! Counteract this common problem with this hack. To store fresh, delicate foods like asparagus, cilantro, parsley, or other green herbs, simply trim off the ends and place stem side down in a narrow jar with about an inch or two of water. Cover loosely with a plastic bag and place in the refrigerator. This keeps these vegetables and herbs fresh for up to a week.
Take extra care with fresh berries.
Berries make wonderful additions to any smoothie, breakfast dish, or dessert. However, berries can spoil quickly, so be sure to buy the freshest ones you can find. Once you get home, place them in your refrigerator in their original packaging. Don’t forget to wash them until you are ready to use them, as they spoil more quickly if they are damp.
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