As time goes by, fruits and veggies lose their flavor and vitamins, so while it’s great to have handy tricks to keep them fresh for longer. Here are given simple tricks and slices of advice everyone can do to keep produce fresh for extra longer. Scroll down to learn about them:
Keep Ginger In The Freezer
It grates much more easily, and the peel grates up so fine that you don’t actually need to peel it. Plus it lasts way longer.
Freeze And Preserve Fresh Herbs In Olive Oil
The herbs will infuse the oil while freezing, and the ice cubes are very handy for cooking: just pop one out and use as the base of a dish. Works best with rosemary, sage, thyme, and oregano. Dill, basil, and mint should always be used fresh.
Melt Crystallized Honey To Get Its Texture Back
For the jars that form crystals, we put the (glass) jar in a pan with a little water and bring it to a simmer. Once the entire jar is a little warmed up, give it a stir and the crystals will melt back into gooey honey.
Honey can last forever because of bacteria-fighting enzymes from the honeybees’ stomachs.
Never Store Bread In The Fridge
Putting your bread in the fridge makes it go stale faster, so the best way to keep bread fresh is to keep it at room temperature on your counter, or better yet, invest in a bread box for optimal bread texture.
Keep Mushrooms In A Paper Bag, Not A Plastic Bag
A plastic bag will trap moisture and cause them to mildew. Put them in a paper bag in the fridge or in a cool, dry place.
How To Store Tomatoes
Don’t store tomatoes in plastic bags! The trapped ethylene will make them ripen faster.
Unripe tomatoes should be kept stem side down, in a paper bag or single layer in a cardboard box in a cool area until they turn red in color. To ripen faster, store with fruit. The gases emitted will help ripen the tomatoes.
Perfectly ripe tomatoes should be kept at room temperature, on the counter away from sunlight, in a single layer, not touching one another, stem side up.
Overly ripe tomatoes should be put in the fridge, but let them come to room temperature before eating them.
How To Keep Grapes Fresh For A Longer Period Of Time
The key of keeping grapes fresh for a longer period of time is their container. Use Polyethylene Bags To Store Grapes So They Last Longer.
How To Revive Raisins
Resurrect dry currants or sultanas by soaking them in hot water for an hour or two. Store them in an airtight container and they’ll be as good as new.
Make Your Berries Last Longer
To make your berries last longer, use a vinegar solution. Prepare a mixture of one part vinegar (white or apple cider) and ten parts water. Swirl the berries around in the mixture, drain, rinse, and put them in the fridge. The solution is diluted enough that you won’t taste the vinegar. Raspberries will last a week or more, and strawberries go almost two weeks without getting moldy and soft.
Wrap The Crown Of A Bunch Of Bananas With Plastic Wrap
They’ll keep for 3-5 days longer than usual, which is especially helpful if you eat organic bananas. Bananas also produce more ethylene gas than any other fruit, so keep them isolated on the counter.
Half An Avocado Left Over?
Sure, it often happens. But you know that your stored avocado is going to turn black really fast. Can you prevent it from happening? Check out these tips:
Leave the pip in. It slows oxidization.
Brush the exposed flesh with lemon juice or olive oil.
Store it in a container with a cut onion.
Keep Cucumbers Fresh
To keep cucumbers fresh leave them at room temperature. If placed in the refrigerator a cucumber can be prone to water-soaked areas.
Store Carrots For Months
The key to prevent soft carrots is to remove the greens and store them in water! Also includes tips on how to long term storage in cellar, and freezing them.
Freeze Green Onions In A Plastic Bottle
It’s a great idea to freeze green onions in a plastic bottle, but make sure the green onions are completely dry before storing or they’ll get freezer burn.
How To Store Delicate Herbs
Store delicate herbs as flowers, then cover them with plastic, secure with a rubber band, and refrigerate. This is the best way to keep delicate herbs like parsley, basil, cilantro, and chives fresh the longest.
Treat Oily Herbs Differently
Oily herbs like thyme can be tied loosely together with string and hung in the open air.
Celery, Broccoli And Lettuce
Wrap celery, broccoli and lettuce in tin foil before storing in the fridge. It’ll stay crisp for 4 weeks or more.
How To Keep Red Spices, Fresh And Flavorful
To keep your red spices fresh and flavorful it’s better to store them cold instead of just leaving them on the spice rack.
How to Extend The Freshness Of Cheese
Put butter on the sliced surface of the cheese to extend the freshness of your cheese.
Onions Stored In Pantyhose Will Last As Long As 8 Months.
Put onions in pantyhose, and tie knots between onions. Plus it makes a freaky wall art installation!