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Make the Most of Your Food

Make the Most of Your Food

by Starr Long - May 08, 2017

Do you dread going to the grocery store, or wish the vegetables you had on hand would last for just a few more days? Make the most of those cumbersome grocery runs by stocking up and storing your food appropriately to keep them fresher longer.

Here are some great tips on how to make your food last longer:

MEAT, SEAFOOD & POULTRY:
• To freeze: keep meat in original packaging and slip into a resealable freezer bag.
• If possible, place seafood in its original packaging in a bowl of ice inside the refrigerator.

FRUITS & VEGETABLES:
• Rinse and dry salad greens, then wrap them in a paper towel before placing in a plastic bag in the fridge.
• Wrap banana stems in plastic wrap to keep them fresher longer.
• Store potatoes with an apple to prevent sprouting. Do not store potatoes with onions- they will spoil faster!
• Wash fresh berries in a diluted vinegar bath to prolong their shelf life. Use one part vinegar and three parts water to wash, and dry them thoroughly afterwards.
• Store tomatoes outside the fridge, stem side down.
• Store refrigerated vegetables unwashed in their original packaging or in a plastic bag.
• Fruits and vegetables stored at room temperature, like bananas, apples, or tomatoes, should be removed from their packaging and left loose.

DAIRY PRODUCTS:
• Store milk and dairy products at the back of the fridge where the temperature stays coldest.
• Cheese should be wrapped in cheese paper or wax paper, not plastic wrap, then put in a plastic baggie in the fridge.

NUTS & GRAINS:
• Nuts can be stored in the freezer to keep them fresh longer.
• Baking goods in bags, such as flour, sugar, and cornmeal, should be transferred to airtight containers as soon as you bring them home.
• Dry items, such as grains and rice, should be transferred to airtight containers once open.

For more great storage ideas, download the free Food Keeper App to your smartphone or visit their website: FoodSafety.gov

   

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