According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, Americans throw away a shocking 40% of the food they buy each year. This is a huge waste of labor, energy, and time for the people making that food and getting it to the supermarket. Perhaps most importantly, it's a waste of your hard-earned money. Plus, it's also morally disturbing considering how many people are also going hungry in America every day.
That's why it's so important to buy what you need and store it properly so that you can keep it fresh for longer - giving you more time to consume it instead of just tossing it out. Here are a few great tips on how to do just that.
1. Freeze milk for several weeks at a time.
If you just bought a gallon of milk only to realize you're going out for a few days, just freeze it! It won't go bad, but you should be aware of a few rules first. Milk expands when frozen, so pour a little out before freezing to leave room for this. Try to use it up within 4-6 weeks.
2. Freeze eggs in an ice tray.
Eggs can be frozen to be used later as needed. You can freeze whole eggs, or just the yolks (since many recipes call for just whites). To freeze yolks, break them and pour into an ice tray. A pinch of sugar or salt helps preserve their texture.
3. Save leftover sauce in a freezer bag.
You can even portion it out as shown above.
4. Wrap lettuce leaves in paper towels to keep them fresh longer.
It helps soak up excess moisture, a leading cause of rot.
5. You can store apples in a fridge for several months.
Apples are a fairly hardy fruit in general, and they can be kept safe for even longer still by placing them in the fridge. Just wrap them in newspaper or something to avoid bruising by contact.
6. Keep carrots fresh by storing them in sand.
Many a gardener will swear by this. It's because sand helps eliminate excess moisture and slows down evaporation.
7. Prevent cottage cheese and sour cream from spoiling by placing them upside-down.
Keep these dairy products fresh twice as long by putting them upside-down in the fridge. This creates a vacuum that prevents bacterial growth.
8. Green onions stay fresher longer if you put them in a glass of water.
Just shear the stalks as needed, and they'll keep growing (be sure to change out the water now and then).
9. Keep fresh greens in glass jars.
Glass jars are the best containers for fresh herbs and greens, keeping them fresh and aromatic for up to a month.
10. Store honey in glass jars to prevent oxidation.
Honey can essentially be preserved indefinitely, but it needs to be stored correctly. Honey oxidizes in containers made of metal or enamel. Store in dark glass jar with a tight lid for best results.
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H/T: Bright Side