Do you buy food in bulk quantities only to find that it goes bad in a few days? It is a huge task to eat 10 pounds of tomatoes or drink 5 gallons of milk in one week. Most of us like to buy in bulk to save money and avoid frequent trips to the grocery store, but how do you keep food from going bad too quickly?
These ideas are purely genius! Here are 25 brilliant ways that people prevent food from spoiling.
1. Even onions need pantyhose to look fresh.
Onions can last up to eight months when they are stored in pantyhose. Tie a knot between each onion to separate.
2. Separate potatoes, apples, and onions.
Sticking these three produce items together will cause them to spoil faster.
3. No more moldy berries.
Wash your berries with vinegar just after you bring them home to get rid of mold. Use one part vinegar to ten parts water.
4. Honey lasts a lifetime.
While honey may become more solidified or change color over time, it does last forever. Keep it in a cool place and store in a tight jar.
5. Spoiled milk is really not that spoiled.
Milk can last for up to three months even though its consistency may change. Still not convinced that you can drink milk passed its expiration date? Then, freeze milk in its original container and thaw when you are ready to use.
6. Want scrambled eggs for a year?
Then store egg yolks in your freezer. Mix the eggs in a bowl with a little salt or sugar, place in an airtight freezer bag, and stick in your freezer.
7. Freeze leftover tomato paste.
How often do you use an entire can of tomato paste? Most recipes use only a small amount and leftover paste quickly goes bad in the fridge. To keep it fresh, place the remaining paste in plastic sandwich bag and create smaller portions inside the bag.
8. Preserve fresh herbs.
You love herbs, but you hate to see them go bad. Freeze fresh herbs in olive oil. This prevents freezer burn and browning that happens when herbs get stuck in the freezer.
9. Wrap banana stems.
Separate each banana and put plastic wrap around each stem to help bananas stay fresh up to four days longer.
10. Tin foil is for more than baked lasagna.
Wrap celery, broccoli, and lettuce in aluminum foil to help it stay crisp for four weeks or more.
11. Chop, blanch, freeze!
If you can’t get through an eight pound bag of carrots fast enough, chop it up, blanch in hot water, and place in freezer bags. Most fruits and veggies do well when frozen.
12. Now that’s a wrap.
Make a leafy green wrap for lettuce and other greens. Wrapping unwashed leafy greens in paper towel absorbs moisture so they don’t wilt too quickly.
13. Keep ginger fresh.
Make small spoonfuls of fresh grated ginger and place on a parchment-lined tray. Stick this tray in the freezer until the ginger is frozen and then transfer the ginger to an airtight container and put back in the freezer.
14. Tomatoes don’t like to be cold.
People tend to think that placing tomatoes in the fridge will keep them fresh, but tomatoes should be stored at room temperature. Place them in a bowl lined with paper towel and keep the stems facing up to prevent bruising the top.
15. Apples last practically forever.
Apples can stay fresh for over six months if stored in a humid environment around 30-35°F. Store apples in the crisper drawer of your fridge and separate any that are bruised or rotting from the bunch.
16. Hide carrots in a sandbox.
Ever thought about bringing sand into your kitchen? Storing root vegetables in moist sand or sawdust extends freshness for several months.
17. Section off ground beef.
Instead of defrosting and refreezing ground beef, divide it into individual portions inside of a freezer bag before you stick it in the freezer.
18. Do you flip over cottage cheese?
A container of cottage cheese or sour cream will last twice as long if you put it upside down in your fridge. It creates a vacuum that inhibits the growth of bacteria that spoils food.
19. Throw out the tupperware.
Use Mason jars to store food instead. These glass containers won’t get stained and can help food stay fresh longer.
20. “I like the taste of plastic cheese,” said no one ever.
Store cheese in parchment paper so that it keeps its flavor and stays fresh longer.
21. Store fresh pineapple upside down.
Now all you need is cake. Pull off the leafy top and flip your pineapple upside-down to redistribute sugars that sink to the bottom and help it stay fresh longer.
22. Is your refrigerator running?
Most refrigerators are kept at 38°F, but temperatures can be turned to 36-37°F to extend food shelf life.
23. Lettuce can last.
Lettuce can be stored up to a month in a glass jar to stay fresh.
24. Let scallions grow.
Scallions can last three times longer when they are stored in a jar of water. Trim the amount you need and they will continue to grow.
25. Have your cake and keep it fresh too.
Cake can last several days on the counter, weeks in the fridge, or months in the freezer. To keep the cake from going stale, place sliced bread on the open ends.
No more worrying about food spoiling too quickly. These tips are great to share with family and friends as they look for new ways to keep food fresh for weeks and months to come.