Keep Your Food Fresh, Longer!
Nothing feels worse than throwing out leftovers you looked forward to eating but went bad in your fridge. In the United States alone, over 40% of our food gets wasted every year. That is $162 billion dollars worth of food! Let’s reduce our food waste and save some money with these tips on how to store food to stay fresh and taste best longest.
Separate your Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits give off a chemical compound that can make vegetables spoil faster, so make sure to separate them in your fridge and storage drawers.
The 4 Day Rule
For most leftover food, you should eat it within three to four days. After this period, it will not taste as good or go bad. If you do not plan to eat the food within that time, then freeze it if able.
Feel like your berries spoil before you can enjoy them? Try washing them with a solution that is one part white vinegar and three parts water. Then dry and place in a sealed container for fridge storage.
Put Food Away Quickly
Get in the habit of refrigerating your leftover meals right after finishing your meal. The cold temperature in the fridge prevents bacteria from growing and making you sick. You should always refrigerate or freeze perishable and prepared food within 2 hours of their serving. If the food is out of the fridge any longer, you will need to throw it out.
Some Things Don’t Belong in The Fridge
Potatoes, garlic, onions, and squash do not need to be kept in the fridge. Instead, put them in dark, cool, environments like basements and pantries for them to last for weeks. Tomatoes also belong outside the fridge and should be stored at room temperature on your kitchen counter.
Help Your Leafy Greens
Prevent droopy lettuce, kale, spinach, and other leafy greens by washing them, drying them, and placing them in your fridge drawer wrapped in a paper towel in a bag with perforations.
Recommendations adapted from American Home Shield
Food Waste fact from Rescuing Leftover Cuisine