Thanks for joining us for the final installment in this short series so you can learn more tips on how to keep your food fresher for longer periods of time. We aim to help you reduce your food waste, which will save you lots of time and money. Part one gave us an overview on keeping fruits and vegetables longer. Part one can be found here. Part two discussed tips to help you keep your dairy products, meats, fish and dry foods fresh. To go back and read over part two click here.
For today’s post, we are going to cover a few miscellaneous tips that you might not have thought about, as well as a few general tips that will help with planning, organizing, etc.
Miscellaneous Food Saving Tips
Honey is a super nonperishable food, so never throw it out. If it crystallizes or becomes cloudy, just microwave on medium heat for about 10 seconds at a time. Also, if you want to get all the honey out of the bottle, again, microwave for about 10 seconds and the remaining honey can be easily transferred to another container.
Coffee should be stored in an airtight, opaque container. If you really want to stretch your dollars, buy coffee in whole bean form then grind enough for just one pot at a time.
Brown sugar should be kept in the freezer to prevent hardening. If your brown sugar has already hardened, you can either microwave it for a few seconds or rebag with a slice of bread or apple.
If you have fresh herbs, store them in whole bunches instead of individual pieces. After you wash your bunches, seal them in a ziplock bag and freeze. This storage method will keep the herbs really fresh tasting for about a month. When it’s time to use them, chop them while frozen to save time. They’ll defrost quickly when cooking.
General Food Saving Tips
Your refrigerator should always be kept between 38 – 40 F to keep your foods as fresh as possible without freezing them.
Before you go shopping, make a list. Take inventory of your pantry while making your list and only buy the things you need to finish making your meals.
Plan out your weekly recipes so that your shopping is easier and quicker.
When shopping, make sure you pay attention to the expiration dates on the items you buy. Avoid buying items that are soon to expire.
Plant a garden and try growing your own food. It makes for a great family activity and you’ll be more motivated to eat what you grow. If you grow too much food, give it away to friends, family, or even a local food bank.
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