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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

[AlternativeAnswers] Food Tips


Food Storage Tips:
Put paper towels in the salad drawer.  Lining greens with paper towel absorbs condensation -- since excess moisture can make foods wilt faster, this keeps them fresher for longer.

Don't separate bananas before eating.  The trick to stop them going brown is to keep them together as long as possible. 

Put an apple in your bag of potatoes.  Apples produce ethylene gas, keeping potatoes fresher and firmer.

Keep apples away from other fruits and veggies.  Ethylene gas may be good for potatoes, but it's bad for almost everything else.

Wash berries in vinegar.  Extend their life by giving them a bath in 1 cup of vinegar and 3 cups of water before you put them in the fridge — this kills mold spores and bacteria.
Don't refrigerate your tomatoes. To make the most of your tomatoes, keep them on a counter to ripen.
Freeze flour for 48 hours to kill any insect eggs that might be present. Then, place in a tight-sealing container; and store in a cool, dry spot away from sunlight. Keep whole-grain flours in the refrigerator or freezer to extend their life.

Remove the lettuce from its store packaging. Wrap it in paper toweling, and place it in an open storage bag. Replace paper towel if wet.

Wrap celery in foil.  Swap the original packaging for a sheet of aluminum foil to let the gas that spoils celery escape.

Keep mushrooms in a paper bag. Storing them this way keeps them clean and dry. 
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.

Make sure to wrap all cheese securely in wax paper, plastic wrap or cheese paper before storing it in the refrigerator, which allows it to breathe without letting in excess moisture or odors from your fridge. You can also rub butter on the cut parts of hard cheeses to prevent them from drying out. You can also freeze cheese!
  • In order to make cottage cheese or sour cream last longer, place the container upside down in the fridge. Inverting the tub creates a vacuum that inhibits the growth of bacteria that causes food to spoil.
  • The best way to keep herbs fresh is to by storing them in whole bunches. First wash them, then seal them in zip lock bags and place them in the freezer. Storing them this way should keep them at peak freshness for up to a month. When you are ready to use them, you'll find they are actually easier to chop frozen – and they will defrost in a hurry once you toss them into a hot pan.
  • Keeping brown sugar in the freezer will stop it from hardening. But if you already have hardened sugar on your shelf, soften it by sealing in a bag with a slice of fresh bread or an apple – or microwave on high for 30 seconds.
  • Keep your refrigerator at the right temperature, kept between 38 and 40 F. to keep your foods as fresh as possible without freezing them.
  • Keep your eye on expiration dates when you shop.
Plan meals in order of what needs to be used up first.


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