According to reports, the average American throws away $1,600 worth of wasted food each year, and there’s a good chance most are doing so because they don’t know how to store the food they buy properly.
There are a few easy things folks could be doing to make their food last longer, so it doesn’t wind up in the garbage, so if you want to start saving yourself some dough, start taking notes.
Some food storing tips include (click here for a complete list):
- Berries – Rinse them in a solution of one part vinegar, 10 parts water to kill berry-infecting mold spores. This will help keep our raspberries up to one week, and strawberries up to two.
- Bananas – Wrap their stems in plastic wrap, and if you want them to last even longer, separate them and wrap each banana separately.
- Bread – Never store it in the fridge. It’s better to wrap it in a paper bag or dish towel and keep it in a dry spot, where it should last for two to four days. To keep it even longer, you can freeze it and then toast it when you need it.
- Lettuce – Store in an airtight bag with a paper towel to absorb water.
- Avocado – Store at room temperature until ripe, and then you can put them in the fridge in a bag for three to five days.
- Tomatoes – Keep the in a bag or box in a cool dry place until ripe, and then store on the counter. Don’t put them in the fridge.
- Fruits and Veggies – Don’t cut them until you’re ready to use them, since they’ll dry out.
- Potatoes - Store them with apples to keep them from sprouting.
- Cheese – Wrap it in parchment paper or wax paper so it can breathe, not plastic wrap.
- Milk – Don’t store it on the fridge door. It can spoil faster due to fluctuating temperatures.
- Eggs – Keep then in the back of the fridge, which is the chilliest.
Source: Business Insider