It is no secret that I’m not a fan of the kitchen. I am even less so a fan of doing groceries. Worse, I have the memory of a gold fish when it comes to foods. So those once-in-a-blue-moon days when I shop for produce and meats? I often let them spoil… Fortunately, I am now armed with tips on making my groceries last longer!
First, let’s discuss what’s in season in April, i.e. what produce are on sale!
Now, how do we keep them fresh!?!
– Rinse berries with white or apple cider vinegar and water (1:10 ratio) to prolong their freshness.
– Store potatoes with apples to keep them from sprouting.
– Add a dab of butter to cut cheese to prevent dryness. Then, wrap in wax paper and store in the warmest area of your fridge.
– Store asparagus, cilantro, parsley, chives, basil, and most herbs in a watered vase/jar like fresh cut flowers. Cover with plastic and secure with a rubber band.
– Wrap the crown of bananas in plastic wrap and they will last a week longer!
– Wrap broccoli, lettuce, celery, and other stalky greens in foil before placing in the fridge. They will remain crisp for two weeks or more.
– Store tomatoes outside the fridge. (I always forget this one!)
– Place mushrooms in a paper bag or cardboard box – do not use a plastic container.
– Store a few slices of bread you know you will eat soon. Place the rest in the freezer.
– Chop your onions and gingers. Place them in a recycled water bottle or Tupperware and store in the freezer. They defrost quickly when you need them for cooking.
– Milk and yogurt need to remain in a cold environment. Do not store them on the refrigerator door as the constant opening and closing fluctuates the temperature.
Good luck and may your prolonged produce encourage you to cook more! :)