There are a lot of ways to make your groceries last longer. Wasting food is not only a waste of money but also a waste of good things you could have eaten. There are a lot of things you can do to make sure your groceries won’t go bad before their time and help you keep your food fresher, so you won’t have to go to the grocery store more than once a week. Here are a few ingenious ways to make your groceries last as long as possible.
1. Keep Your Cool
If you want to learn new ways to make your groceries last longer, make sure that first of all you set your fridge’s temperature at 40°F (5°C) or even below. If the temperature in your fridge is higher than that, you risk growing harmful food bacteria.
2. Keep the Fridge Clean
Also, make sure that you always keep your fridge clean so that all your food will stay fresh longer. Clean your fridge out at least once or twice a week because if something in your fridge spoils, it will smell bad and it will also leave behind mold that will find its way to other food.
3. Store Onions in Pantyhose
No, this is not a joke; pantyhose are actually great for storing onions since they can help you keep them edible for up to 8 months. Just buy a cheap pair of pantyhose or you can use an old pair that you no longer need and make sure that you tie a knot in between each onion. This way, you can easily hang them in your pantry or even on your kitchen wall.
4. Store Herbs in Plastic
Another trick you can use to make your groceries last longer is to store your herbs in plastic. Just cover them with plastic wrap or put them in a plastic bag and secure with a rubber band. Then just place them in your fridge and pull them out when you need them. This is an ingenious method for keeping herbs like basil, chives or cilantro fresher for longer.
5. Don’t Mix!
Don’t ever mix fruits, vegetables and meat in the same crisper because if something goes bad, it will contaminate the other foods too and this will only lead to waste. Also, after every grocery trip, move the older foods that are hiding in the back of your fridge forward, so you’ll consume them first.
6. Use Butter to Keep Cheese Fresh
In order to keep cheese fresh longer, you could just add a bit of butter to the cut side because the oils in the butter will help you keep the cheese from drying out and this way, you will not have to cut away hard, crusty cheese when you use it again. Make sure you never use plastic on cheese; just wrap it in wax paper instead and then store it in a plastic bag.
7. Store Food in the Smartest Spots in Your Fridge
If you want to keep your groceries fresh, make sure that you store your food in the smartest spots in your fridge. For example, don’t place milk or quick-to-expire perishables on your fridge door where the temperature fluctuates because they will spoil faster. Also, if you want eggs to last longer, store them inside the fridge and not in the door, even if you have an egg holder there.
There are a lot of ways to properly store food so it can last longer. I just mentioned a few here but I’m sure there are many more tips and tricks I could add to this list. Do you know any other ways to make your groceries last as long as possible? Do tell!