Throwing food out means spending more money on food. What if there was a way to extend the shelf life of your food, in turn saving you money? Here are just a few of the foods that you probably haven’t been storing correctly:
On average, the regular family discards almost 122 pounds of food per month. In addition to this, the average family also spends $590 per year on food that eventually spoils. What most people don’t know is that most perishable foods are safe to eat well past the sell-by dates on the labels.
Here are 16 foods you’ve probably been storing wrong your entire life:
1. Storing yours eggs in their original carton on a shelf in the fridge keeps them fresh at least 3-4 weeks past the sell-by date. TIP: don’t store your eggs on the door – this makes them more susceptible to temperature changes.
2. Store milk in the very back of the fridge where it’s the coolest.
3. Always put your leftovers in the fridge within 2 hours after cooking it. Use a wide and shallow container and don’t keep the leftovers for more than five days.
4. Store apples in plastic bags in the fridge. If you’re storing apple slices, squeeze some lemon juice on them to prevent them from turning brown.
5. Wrap your raw meats in at least 2 layers of plastic and store it away from any ready-made foods in case there’s leakage.
6. Do not wash your mushrooms before storing them. Place them in a paper bag in the fridge and keep them dry.
7. Keep your grapes in the bag you bought them in and wrap them with paper towel. This will absorb any moisture which could cause mold to grow. Don’t wash them until you eat them.
8. Separate your bananas and wrap each stem in plastic. Do not store them in the fridge, or they will start to brown.
9. If you plan on eating your nuts within a month or two, store them at room temperature. If not, they are safe in the fridge for up to one year.
10. Be sure to store your yogurt at 39 degrees Fahrenheit, which will keep it fresh 10-14 days past the expiry date on the label.
11. To keep your hard cheese fresh 2 to 4 months past the expiry date, wrap it in plastic or foil that is moisture-proof.
12. Store your berries in the original container and remove any moldy ones. Do not wash until right before you are going to eat them.
13. Store your asparagus in the fridge upright, and wrap the bottom with a damp paper towel. Cover them loosely with a plastic bag.
14. Remove the leafy tops of the carrots before storing them and do not store them beside any fruit.
15. Store your lunch meat where it’s supposed to be stored – in the meat compartment. This will allow the meat to last 3-5 days past the sell date.
16. Leave cherry tomatoes in the containers they came in in the refrigerator. Larger tomatoes should be ripened on the counter and stored once they turn bright red.