How to Keep Foods Fresher for Longer
If you are tired of buying foods that go bad before you get to eat them then it could be due to improper storage. Here are some storage habits that you can adopt so that your foods stay fresher for longer.
Apples should be stored on the counter and away from other produce.
Bananas should be stored at room temperature until they ripen and then transferred to the fridge to stop further ripening. Bananas that over ripe can be frozen to be used in banana bread and other baked goods.
Bread should be stored in a bread box or just on the counter.
Butter should be stored in its original packaging inside a fridge compartment and not in the door. You can also freeze butter for up to six months.
Take cheese out from its original packaging and rewrap it in pieces of plastic wrap or wax paper and then seal it inside a plastic bag.
Eggs should be stored in their original carton inside the refrigerator but not inside the refrigerator door.
You should freeze flour for 48 hours to kill any insect eggs that might be present. You can then place it in an air tight container and store in a cool and dry spot away from sunlight. You can keep whole grain flours in the refrigerator or freezer to extend the life.
Heads of garlic should be unpeeled and stored in an open container in a cool and dry place. Garlic can also be dried and braided for long term storage.
Honey should be stored in an air tight container in a cool and dark place.
Lettuce should be removed from its store packaging. Wrap the lettuce in paper towelling and place in an open storage bag.
Fresh mushrooms should be stored in a paper bag inside the refrigerator but not in the crisper section.
Whole onions should be kept in a cool and dark place away from moisture. If you want to bulk store onions then cut the legs of a pair of pantyhose, put an onion in one leg and tie it off and so forth and then hang it.
Unwashed potatoes should be stored in a paper bag, pantyhose or a vented container and placed in a cool, dark and dry spot.