Are you tired of throwing away food before you even have the chance to eat them? Here are my proven tips that can help you save money and prolong the freshness of food in your fridge, freezer, and pantry.
Meat, Poultry and Fish
- It’s best to store raw meats and poultry in their original packaging and place them in an airtight container or Silicone Ziplock Bag before storing in the fridge . This will avoid leaks that may lead to cross contamination.
- Make sure to store meats and fish on the bottom shelf of your fridge to ensure that any juice that might leak out will not contaminate other foods in your fridge.
- Fish needs to be cooked as soon as possible or within a couple of days after purchase. And to make sure that fish retains its freshness prior to being cooked, place in an airtight container or Silicone Ziplock Bag.
- Fresh fruits with delicate skins, like grapes, strawberries and other berries, should not be washed before storing as this will speed up the process of deterioration. What you can do is to store them in the fridge in their original packaging and only wash them when you’re about to consume.
- To wash fruit in your Thermomix®, place 1 litre of water and 2 tsp white vinegar in the mixing bowl. Place fruit that you want to wash in the simmering basket and set in place. Wash for 2 min/speed 7. Once done, rinse the fruit under running water and eat.
- Keep your grapefruit, oranges and apples fresh by storing them in the crisper drawer of your fridge where it’s nice, cool, and dark.
- For tropical fruits such as pineapples,mangoes,pears and peaches, leave to ripen at room temperature until such time that they’re soft to touch. Once the texture changes, put them in the fridge or consume them immediately.
- Keep your opened and unopened pre-packed veggies in their original packaging as these bags were specially made to prolong the shelf-life of these veggies. If you have some pre-packed veggies left from the previous recipe, fold the top portion before storing them in airtight containers or a Silicone Ziplock Bag.
- If you’re not a huge fan of asparagus, then this might change your mind. Asparagus is low in calories yet rich in fibre, folate and Vitamin A, C, and K. And if you like to keep a bundle or two in your fridge, just wrap the stems with a towel that’s slightly damp and put them in a Silicone Ziplock Bag before storing in your fridge.
- Do not wash celery, carrots, broccoli, and capsicums until you’re about to use them. Instead, store them in a Silicone Ziplock Bag and place them in the crisper drawer.
- Keep mushrooms in their original paper packaging and wash them or wipe off with a paper towel only when you’re about to cook them.
- If you’re the type of person who loves to buy fresh green veggies, then this tip is for you. Wash and chop (if needed) greens and dry them completely with a paper towel before keeping them in airtight containers or a Silicone Ziplock Bag.To ensure that there’s no moisture inside the container or Bag, add some paper towels as it will absorb the excess water thus making your greens crisp.
Cut off the bottom of the stems and wash them quickly with running water. After washing, dry them thoroughly with paper towels. Fill a glass or a jar halfway full with water and place the stems that you’ve cut into the water. Lastly, put a plastic bag over the leaves and the glass or use ourHerb Saver before storing in the fridge to prolong the freshness of your herbs. Just remember to replace the water every now and then.
And to help you conveniently store your foods in the pantry, fridge and freezer, check out our Set of 4 Silicone Ziplock Bags as you can use them over and over, reducing the use of single-use plastics.
I've also created a Shelf Life Chart that you can download here for free to ensure that your foods will always be fresh