10 Food Hacks That Can Help You Keep Your Food Fresh For Longer
Did you know that the average American throws away a whopping 25% of the foods and beverages they buy?
That’s an incredible amount of food wastage, which says that we as a collective not only don’t know how to keep our food fresh for longer, but that we also simply don’t care.
Indeed, we’ve become a throwaway society, where food is so accessible that we know that it is really easy to replace something that has gone off. Eggs gone green? No worries! Simply pop over to your local supermarket and buy another 6!
But this kind of attitude means that we waste a heap of money in the long run.
If you no longer want to be one of those who throws away 25% of their food, take a look at our list of 10 simple food hacks that can help you keep your food fresh for longer.
1. Oil Up Your Eggs
Eggs can be used in a variety of ways, and they can slot into so many meals. Whether you’re frying them or beating them, poaching them or boiling them, you always know that you’ll be looking forward to a tasty old meal.
But what happens when your eggs have gone off after just a few days? Panic time! No eggs = no happy meal.
Eggs are indeed notorious for going off quickly, but to slow down the ageing process all you need to do is rub the eggs shells with a dose of vegetable oil before closing away in the refrigerator. This technique keeps your eggs fresh for around a month.
2. Have Your Cake And Eat It
The old saying that you can’t have your cake and eat it is certainly a strange one. After all, you baked the cake, so why can’t you very well eat it?!
Well, we’ve decided that you can eat it – and you can even eat it after a week or two. To preserve your cake, all you need to do is squeeze a few slices of bread into the exposed areas once you’ve cut it. The bread will crust and go stale, but it will protect your cake, leaving it nice and soft.
3. Squeeze The Most Out Of Your Lemons
Lots of us like a pinch of lemon juice in our meals, but the problem is that for a teeny bit of juice, we have to use a whole lemon. What happens is that, once we’ve taken the tiny bit of lemon juice that we need, we throw the rest of the fruit away. This just doesn’t seem right.
Well, to preserve your lemons so that you can use them for another day, you can simply use a toothpick or a sharp knife to puncture the rind before extracting what little juice you need. Then, recover the hole with some tape and store away into the fridge until you need it again. Bingo!
4. How Not To Let Your Mushrooms Go Slimy
Everyone loves mushrooms, but not everyone loves slimy mushrooms. Fresh mushrooms can be used in a wide variety of meals, from fried breakfasts and soups, to something as simple as mushrooms on toast.
But mushrooms, like many vegetables, tend to go off quite quickly. You can’t get away with mushrooms, because they tend to get all slimy and no one wants a slimy mushroom in their meal. To prevent mushrooms from losing their freshness, you should slip them into a paper bag and tuck away in your refrigerator (but don’t wash them!).
5. How Not To Let Your Banana Split Too Soon
Bananas are one of the western world’s most popular fruits, but it’s remarkable how many of us don’t know how to store them properly so that they will retain their freshness. Rather than keeping them outside the fridge, we put them inside!
To keep bananas fresh and eatable for over a week, it’s advised that you store them away from other fruits and veggies, outside the fridge. Keep them in their own bowl, preferably near to the window. If you bundle them together with other fruit, their hormones cause them to ripen much more quickly.
6. Enter The Cottage (Cheese) For At Least A Week
Cottage cheese is a really popular cheese, but because it’s a soft cheese it tends to lose its freshness before harder cheeses. Normally, it’s advised that you should consume it within 2-3 days of opening the tub, which doesn’t sound like a lot of time. For this reason, many of us end up throwing half the tub away before we’re done.
To stop this from happening, a very simple hack is needed: simply turn the tub upside down! Simple but very effective. You can also use the same trick with sour cream.
7. Bake With Flour For More Than An Hour
Flour is notorious for being a breeding ground for weevils and insect eggs. Many of us just shrug and assume that there is no way to ever stop this from happening, so we use as much flour as possible before binning the rest of it.
Life really doesn’t have to be this way! To stop flour from becoming a breeding ground for weevils and insect eggs, simply freeze it for a few days after purchasing. Simple!
8. Stay Merry With A Berry
Strawberries, blueberries and raspberries (as well as all the other berries) are super tasty and we can’t get enough of them. But because we can’t eat them all in one go, we tend to shelve them with the intention of returning to them later.
But then we either forget or find something else to eat. Before we know it, those super tasty berries have gone off! To stop this horror of horrors from occurring all too often, you can prolong their shelf life by washing them in diluted vinegar. This will increase their life expectancy by a number of days.
9. Go Nuts!
Coconuts can quickly go off if we let them. If we crack one open, and then leave for a few days, they’re pretty much goners.
But, okay, so we can’t eat a coconut anymore. This, however, does not mean that we need to throw them away. See coconut oil can be used in a variety of different ways. You can use it to support healthy thyroid function, you can use it as a natural chap stick, or to help sooth psoriasis, and you can even rub some on the inside of your nose to reduce allergy symptoms. You can read more about 50 Amazing Must-Know Uses Of Coconut Oil here.
10. Stay Sweet Sixteen Forever
Sweet potatoes are a gorgeous vegetable that many of us enjoy throwing into our recipes. But did you know that a surefire way to spoil their sweetness is to put them in the fridge?
That’s right, sweet potatoes are not a fridge veggie and should instead be stored in a cool, dry place for longevity. If you do this, you could return to them even after 2 weeks!
What are your favourite food hacks?
Stay happy and healthy!