15 Tricks That Will Keep Your Food From Spoiling
We waste soo much food. Sometimes, we just buy things we don’t have enough time to use. Then, we have to throw it away, and it is really wrong because there are so many hungry people out there who have no food at all, but also, you just threw money out of the window. According to a report from 2012, America wastes about 40 percent of its food supply! That is such a huge number! But you should know better- you should save your food from spoiling and stop wasting your money like you don’t care (and let’s be honest, you do care).
1. Everybody loves bananas! And everybody should, because bananas are really healthy, not to mention how yummy they are. It seems like we all buy bananas just like we buy coffee- we’re used to having bananas at home. However, if you forget about them for a few days, they will go brown and icky. So pull your bananas apart once you get home and they will keep for 3 to 5 days longer than usual! You should keep bananas isolated on the counter because they produce more ethylene gas than any other fruit.
2. If you’re a big fan of berries, you know how sensitive they are. But in order to make them last longer, take your berries out of the plastic container and line the container with paper towels! Then, prepare a mixture of one part vinegar and ten parts water. Put berries in the mixture and then rinse in colander and drain. After that, place berries back in the container with paper towel and store them in your fridge. This trick will save you 2 weeks of fresh berries!
3. Did you know that by combining some types of fruit you can actually save them from spoiling? When it comes to peaches, orange juice is great for keeping peaches fresh when freezing! All you have to do is to slice peaches in half using a kitchen knife, remove the pit and dip only the fleshy side into orange juice. Be sure to place the peaches on a cookie sheet with the flesh side up. Once the peaches are frozen, you can put them in freezer bags and put a date on them so you can keep track.
4. You have certainly heard of the saying- One rotten apple will spoil the bunch. Well, it might have sounded unnecessary when your parents were saying this about your friends they didn’t like, but it’s actually really true when it comes to real apples! If one apple is going bad, it will definitely bring the other apples down with it. So check your apples every day to make sure there are no rotten apples. If there are, set them apart from the “healthy” ones.
5. You know how all leafy greens are insanely healthy. However, they are also kind of sensitive, so you need to take a special care of them in order to use them when you want. Firstly, wash kale, spinach and all the other leafy greens and shake them off the best you can! Then, place the washed greens in a zipper bag. Also, put a couple of dry paper towels in the bag with the greens and check every few days if the paper is soaked, so you can switch it with another one.
6. If you buy perfectly ripe tomatoes, you should keep them at room temperature, and not in the fridge. You can also keep them on the counter, but be sure they are away from the sunlight. Also, they should not be touching one another, and their stem should be up. However, if you buy overly ripe tomatoes, you can always keep them in the fridge, but be sure to let them come to room temperature for a few minutes before you eat them again.
7. One should not throw cheese away if one does the following: before storing a block of cheese in your fridge, add just a bit of butter to the cut side. This will save your precious cheese from drying out. The reason for this is because the oils from the butter protect the edges of the cheese and they save you from that crusty and hard piece of cheese. When it comes to cottage cheese, store the container upside down in the fridge. This will cause a vacuum in the container and bacteria will not be able grow inside.
8. There is no need to throw fresh herbs away! If your herbs are about to go bad, just chop them, put them into ice trays and fill with olive oil. Then, put the trays in the freezer- the herbs will infuse the oil during the freezing. Ice cubes, on the other hand are insanely handy for cooking, just take one cube and use it for the dish base. This trick works best with sage, thyme, oregano and rosemary. On the other hand, dill, basil and mint should always be used fresh or completely dried.
9. Usually, when you buy a can of tomato paste, you only need a spoonful or a little bit more. However, you don’t need to throw out the rest or wait for it to go bad! You can actually freeze what is left by dolloping it onto wax paper (or into ice cube trays!) and place them in the freezer! When it is frozen, just store it in a freezer bag. And the best thing is- you don’t even have to thaw them before cooking, they are always ready to go!
10. In case you want to save your nuts from spoiling, be sure to roast them as soon as you bring them home. Put the nuts in the freezer after you roast them. The reason why you should roast the nuts before freezing them is quite simple- they just have more flavor this way. Also, this way they can always be used for all kinds of recipes, whenever you want! Just spread them on a sheet pan, bake in a 350ºF for 15 minutes, and they are ready for Ice Age!
11. There is another pretty simple trick for preventing your food from spoiling, and it is an ethylene gas absorber for your fridge. The thing is, lots of fruits and vegetables emit ethylene gas, and this can shorten the life of products that absorb it. But you can avoid this by storing fruits and vegetables separately or just buy an inexpensive ethylene gas absorber and enjoy apples, asparagus, broccoli, potatoes, watermelons etc. longer!
12. Another useful little gizmo that many people swear by is Prepara Herb Savor. According to its fans, this cute little machine prolongs the life of fresh herbs up to 3 weeks. We already mentioned a way you can save your herbs from dying & drying, but in case you don’t have too much time on your hands, you can try this option! It fits inside a typical refrigerator door and you can put all kinds of herbs, from parsley and cilantro to rosemary and thyme.
13. We know how hard it is to keep your milk from going bad! Sometimes you just don’t need any milk, and then when you do, you realize that the milk became sour and horrible! There is a way to keep milk fresh longer- just add a pinch of salt to the carton. Also, you can use the same trick for heavy cream.You will never notice a pinch of salt in milk, and it will help you save your milk from going bad up to a week past the use by date.
14. Asparagus is the king of healthy vegetables. So if it spoils, that really feels bad, doesn’t it? However, we have a solution for you so you will never have to throw your king away again! Firstly, trim off the bottoms of the stems when storing asparagus. Then, place asparagus in water and cover the tops with a plastic bag. After you did this, store asparagus in the fridge, and once you decide to use it again, you will notice how crisp it still is! You can do the same thing with parsley and cilantro.
15. There are also several useful tricks for keeping root vegetables from spoiling. One of the best advices is: Do not, we repeat, do not store potatoes and onions together because the onions cause the potatoes to sprout eyes. Instead, store onions, shallots and garlic in paper bags with holes in them. This way they can last for months without going bad. Also, there is no need to store root vegetables such as carrots and ginger in fridge- just place them in flower pots filled with clean sand and take them out when you need them.