Reduce Waste with These Food Storage Hacks
One of the best ways to manage your grocery budget is to store your food properly. Here are a few food storage hacks to help reduce waste within your home:
Start with the fridge. Not all parts of your refrigerator are created equal. Ignore the built-in egg storage in some refrigerator doors. Keep eggs in their cartons. Those doors are warm and won’t keep the eggs. Additionally, dairy products are best stored on top shelves where the temperature is most consistent. Meat stores best on the bottom. Keep in mind that meat should only stay in the refrigerator for four days, fish for two. Vegetables and fruits should be kept in separate crispers. Some fruit, including apples and pears, can cause vegetables to spoil.
Counters are also important for storing food. Bananas, melons, and citrus fruits should be stored here. Tomatoes, potatoes, and winter squash are also best kept on the counter, along with garlic, onions, and shallots. As a bonus, these colorful foods can double as decorations and add beauty to your kitchen. Bread should also be stored on the counter, but only for two days. Wrap it in foil or place it in a Ziploc bag. After two days, move it to the refrigerator.
In your pantry, airtight containers are key. They keep your pantry clean and make dry goods last longer. Spices should be kept here to protect them from heat, light, and humidity.
Finally, remember that your freezer is good for more than meat storage. Stock and wine can be frozen in ice cube trays and muffin tins. Once frozen, place the cubes in freezer bags. Thaw to use at your convenience!