It is impossible to buy groceries daily. Like who would go out daily and buy little groceries for the day. So, it is only practical and economical to buy groceries for a longer time. When you have stocked up on groceries, you can do your meal prep. That’s one less thing you have to worry about.
You can buy your groceries in bulk from a grocery store. Another option is to buy them at online groceries like Mercato or Whole Foods Market and have our food items delivered to our doorstep. But there is still one thing that goes wrong when you buy groceries in bulk. Many food items are just wasted away. That results in the wastage of food and your hard-earned money.
So, it becomes necessary to either utilize or store the groceries. Utilizing all the groceries in a short period of time is not a good idea. So, it’s important to take measures to make groceries last longer. Today I have a list of ways that you can use to make your groceries last longer than usual. So, let’s go!
Ways To Make Groceries To Last Longer Than Usual
1. Keep Bread In The Freezer
Everyone craves a toast or a sandwich every now and then. But it will be ruined if the bread is stale. The best way to make sure that your bread stays fresh is to freeze it. By storing bread in a cool and dry place, it can last a couple of weeks at most. However, in the freezer, bread can last up to 3 months.
Therefore, simply stock on bread and throw them in the freezer. You will only be taking what you need. This is an excellent way to ensure that you don’t have to make multiple trips to the store.
2. Better Storage Of Wheat Flour
We often store wheat flour in the pantry. The problem with this is that it doesn’t last very long. The oils can cause it to spoil quickly and go rancid. This obviously makes it unfit for consumption.
A good way to make your wheat flour last even longer thereby reducing waste and not having to purchase more is to store it in the fridge. This can make it last up to 6 months. However that if you notice that the wheat flour is producing a bitter or unpleasant smell, then this is a sure sign that it has spoilt.
3. Keep The Mushrooms In A Cool and Dry Place
Many of us don’t realize that we actually reduce the longevity of mushrooms by keeping them in plastic containers. This is because the containers can trap moisture which will cause the mushrooms to spoil faster.
The best thing to do after buying your mushrooms from the grocery store is to remove them from the plastic containers. Then, store them in a cool and dry place. The cool and dry is one of the staple hacks to store groceries. Keeping mushrooms in the freezer is also an effective way of ensuring that they last much longer.
4. Stock More Fruits And Veggies
As long as they are kept in a cool and dry place, fruits and veggies can last a long time. You can, therefore, consider stocking these in larger amounts to ensure that they are kept dry before being put inside the fridge.
Considering that you will use up onions, carrots tomatoes almost on a daily basis when preparing your meals, it makes sense to stock more of these.
5. Keep Strawberries Dry Before Storage
Many of us tend to wash all the strawberries and store them in the freezer while wet. This, however, can promote the growth of mold which can, in turn, cause us to fall sick.
A more effective method to keep your strawberries fresh for a much longer time is to ensure that they are dry before storing them in the fridge. Also, line the interior of the storage container with a paper towel to keep the strawberries dry.
6. Keep The Potatoes From Sprouting
We often notice that when we store potatoes with other vegetables, they grow sprouts. This makes them unfit to use and eventually ruins them. One way to make sure that your potatoes don’t sprout is to store them away from onions.
Another way to keep potatoes from sprouting is to store them with apples. This will keep your potatoes store longer.
7. No Plastic For Tomatoes
Plastic is an enemy of tomatoes. If you want your tomatoes to last for a long period is to not store them in plastic. Store the tomatoes in an airy bowl in room temperature. One trick is store them with their stem side down. This will keep your tomatoes fresh and plump for a long time.
8. Storing Leafy Greens and Root Vegetables
Moisture plays a key role in the wilting of leafy greens. Place your greens in a bowl. Then, place a paper towel on top of the greens. This will helps absorb the moisture of the greens and will keep the fresh.
You also don’t store root vegetables normally. Root vegetables like carrots, beets, and parsnips are best stored in a sand storage. All you need to do is fill a pot with sand. Then, place the vegetables in the sand and take them out whenever you need them.
9. Tips To Store Herbs
Many people don’t know this but there is a special way to store herbs. When you buy bunches of herbs, allow them air dry first. After that, spread them over paper towels. Then, when they have dried perfectly, roll them up and place them in a paper bag. This technique is great for herbs like basil, cilantro, and even for chives.
Although, this might not be perfect for oilier herbs. For herbs that are oilier, like thyme, rosemary, and sage, you need to store them in open air. Tie the bunches of herbs and hang them so that they stay fresh and fragrant.
10. Few Tips and Tricks
I have some more tips for storing groceries. Cover your vegetables like broccoli, celery, and lettuce in aluminum foil and the store them in the refrigerator. It is good to store ginger in the freezer. To stop bananas from browning fast, wrap their stems in plastic wrap. To store cheese, wrap it in wax paper instead of plastic and the store in the fridge.
Before I Go
So, these were a few tips and tricks that you can use to store your groceries longer than usual. These ways will help you ti increase the longevity of items. This way you can save your groceries and your money as well. Tell me in the comments which tip you found the most helpful. I’ll see you next time with another article. Happy shopping!