Tricks for Keeping 16 Different Food Items Fresh Longer
If you're tired of buying food, only to have it go bad before you manage to eat it, you're in luck. The answer could be as simple as knowing the proper way to storage certain foods. If you adopt the following storage habits, your food purchases will stay fresh for days; if not months.
Don't store apples in the refrigerator. Store apples on the counter, away from other produce.
Store green bananas at room temperature until they ripen. Store ripe bananas in the refrigerator to impede further ripening. Freeze over-ripened bananas for use in banana bread and other baked goods.
Note: When you refrigerate or freeze bananas, the peel will turn black. Don't panic. Despite the discoloration, the fruit inside will still be good.
Store bread in a breadbox or on the counter. Another option is your microwave.
Store butter in its original packaging inside the refrigerator compartment (not on the side of the door). Butter can also be frozen for up to six months.
Remove cheese from its original packaging. Then, rewrap it in a piece of plastic wrap or wax paper, and seal it inside a plastic bag
Store eggs in their original carton inside the refrigerator (not on the side of the door).
Freeze flour for 48 hours to kill any insect eggs that might be present. Then, place in a tightly-sealed container; and store in a cool, dry spot away from sunlight. Keep whole-grain flours in the refrigerator, or freezer, to extend their life.
Store honey in a cool, dark place in an air-tight container.
Remove the lettuce from its store packaging. Then, wrap it in paper toweling, and place it in an open storage bag.
Store fresh mushrooms in a paper bag inside of the refrigerator. Do not keep mushrooms in the crisper.
Store nuts in the shell until you are ready to use them. Refrigerate or freeze any that you plan to keep for more than three months.
Store whole onions in a cool, dark place away from moisture. For bulk storage, cut the legs off of a pair of pantyhose; drop an onion into one of the legs, and tie it off. Then, drop in another onion and tie it off again. Continue doing this until the legs are full. Then, hang in a cool, dry place.
Note: Potatoes give off a gas that ripens onions, so be sure to store them separately.
Store whole pineapples unwrapped in the refrigerator. Store cut pineapples in the refrigerator in an air-tight container.
Store unwashed potatoes in a paper bag, pantyhose, or a well-vented container. Then, place in a cool, dark, dry spot.
Store tomatoes at room temperature. Once they ripen, keep them out of the sun.