Dec. 16, 2011
Where to Store Your Food
I like to give tips on how to eat healthy and vegan while on a budget. Storing your produce right will give it a longer shelf life so you'll waste less and save money on your bill!
Bread should be kept on the counter. Putting bread in the fridge will dry it out and cause it to go stale faster. Bread can last up to a week on the counter, just be sure to close the packaging securely after you grab a slice.
Flour should be kept in an air-tight container. It's best kept in the fridge to prevent it from going bad. Most people don't even realize that flour can go bad but if you're not a frequent baker, you may want to place your flour in the fridge or freezer.
Here are some tips for produce:
- If you want to store fruit on your countertop, be sure to keep your produce out of direct sunlight.
- When you have fresh herbs, cut off the ends and put them into a glass of water (like you would with flowers!)
- Keep your fruits and vegetables separate in the fridge. Fruits and vegetables give off a gas called ethylene. When you keep all of your produce in one section of your fridge, you're allowing the gas to build up and speed up the ripening process so your food may go bad faster.
- Tomatoes should be stored unwashed and always at room temperature.
- Mushrooms can be kept in a cool, dry place and should only be washed directly before use.
- Store lettuce or greens in a plastic bag inside of your fridge. Add a few paper towels into the bag. The paper towels will absorb any excess moisture.
- Things like potatoes, onions, squash, and garlic are best kept in a cool dark area of the kitchen.
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