Smart Storage Tips For Your Groceries

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Did the greens in your fridge go brown before you could use them? Sadly, a lot of food goes uneaten due to spoilage. In fact, food waste is a very big problem that most people don’t talk about. Use these tips to stop food from going bad.

  • The most important thing to do is to find out how to store produce the right way. Refrigerate fruits and vegetables like apples, apricots, broccoli, plums, cucumbers, Brussels sprouts, cantaloupe, cauliflower, and lettuce. Peaches, avocados, nectarines, bananas, watermelon (whole), and tomatoes can be left out on the counter provided that the weather is not too bad. Potatoes, onions, and garlic should be kept in separate baskets in a cool, dark place.
  • Keep foods that spoil relatively fast in the front of your fridge or on the counter. This way, you’re more likely to consume them before they go bad. Another thing to remember is that you are always allowed to tweak recipes. If a recipe calls for something that you do not have, try substituting that ingredient with something (more or less similar) that you do have, instead of buying the new ingredient.
  • Pour leftover broth or stock into an ice-cube tray, freeze, then transfer the solid cubes to a freezer-safe bag. Broth and stock are easier to stock in the fridge when you do this. When you're preparing a sauce or side dish, just pull out a few cubes and melt them right in the pan or pot.
  • By making frequent trips to the supermarket you can buy smaller quantities and prevent spoilage. If possible, make grocery shopping an everyday thing.
  • Don’t let leftovers go waste. Throw all odds and ends together for a stir-fry. Or get creative. If you need help, you can get hundreds of ideas online regarding how to use up leftovers.
  • Turn ingredients that are on the verge of going bad into scrubs/masks that will soften your skin. Many creative and useful recipes are available online. For example, you can use old yogurt and leftover nuts to make a foot scrub. Finely grind the nuts and add them to the yogurt; apply to your feet and wait for some time before washing the paste off.

Source: womansday.com
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