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Your Guide to Food Storage

Updated: Mar 7, 2023

Let's talk about food storage! Who doesn't want their food to last longer? I know I do, especially with these grocery prices! So let’s talk about how to properly store foods!



Storing Fruits and Vegetables


Tip #1 - Remove the plastic from all fruits and vegetables


Always remove your fruits and vegetables from the plastic, there is no need for your fruits or vegetables to be in plastic. It is always best to avoid buying fruits and vegetables in plastic wrap, they will absorb the toxins from the plastic. Bring reusable produce bags with you to the grocery store.



Tip #2 - Store in Glass containers


Storing your fruits in glass jars or containers is the key to having long-lasting fruit.

  • Berries can be stored unwashed in glass containers, keeping them unwashed guarantees no extra moisture will affect the longevity of the berries. Wash them when you eat them.

  • Fruits like pineapple, cantaloupe, watermelon, pomegranate, cherries, and grapes can be cut up and or stored in properly sealed glass containers; they can last up to 5 days in the fridge.

  • Fruit like apples, pears, oranges, plums, peaches, and nectarines should be eaten as is; no need to cut up and store them, as they will not last very long once they are cut up.


Tip #3 - To Refrigerate or not


Fruits & vegetables that are not required to be in the fridge, keep them out! When you're at the grocery store you will notice fruits and vegetables that are to be stored in the fridge will be in a cooled area. Cucumbers and tomatoes are best stored at room temperature.



Tip #4 - Leafy Greens and Herbs


Storing leafy greens and herbs in a damp paper towel in the drawer is key to long-lasting food. For leafy greens wrap the whole thing in a paper towel and for herbs use a damp paper towel and wrap just the bottom of the stem. Loose greens like spinach and arugula are best stored in glass containers unwashed. Placing a paper towel at the bottom of the container will help with moisture and make it last longer.



Tip #5 - To the Crisper


Some vegetables can be stored out of the packaging and placed in the crisper. Examples of these vegetables; are broccoli, carrots, celery, cucumbers, brussel sprouts, and peppers. However, these vegetables can be pre-cut and stored in glass jars, which makes it easier to have ready-to-eat veggies. Pre-cutting vegetables also helps you to eat healthily!


**If you like to have veggies already cut up, then cut up your celery and carrots, place them in a jar and add cold water to the top. They can last up to 2-3 weeks!


***Putting your green onions and asparagus in water will help them last longer. Fill a jar with about 1/3 cup of water and place them inside.





Storing Dried Goods

Nuts & Seeds


Tip #1- Make sure the glass jars are sealed and shut tight (keeps the air out) . They will last up to 3 months!

Tip #2- Glass jars prevent outside odors from getting in, which can be absorbed by nuts and seeds.

Tip #3- Put them in the fridge and they can last up to 6 months!!


Grains, Oats, Sugar & Flour


Tip #1- Store dried goods in glass containers or jars

Tip #2- Make sure containers are airtight!

Tip #3- Store in a cool area

Tip #4- When stored properly they can last for a year or longer!


Spices


Tip #1- Take your spices out of the plastic!!! Plastic allows in small amounts of air that slowly damage spices.

Tip #2- Glass jars protect from humidity and air which makes the spices last longer!

Tip #3- Store glass jars inside a cupboard (Away from sunlight)!


Storing Onions, Garlic & Potatoes

Tip #1- Remove all plastic (Plastic will make them spoil quickly)

Tip #2- Store onions, garlic, and potatoes in a basket/bowl or paper bag where air can circulate.

Tip #3- Make sure they are in a cool dark place. They can last up to 6 months when stored properly.


Takeaways . .

Store as much as your food as possible in glass jars! Get rid of the plastic, it creates an oxygen and moisture barrier which makes food spoil faster! Glass is the best way to go, it does not leach toxins into your food, and if properly sealed it won’t let moisture in, which will make your food last longer! Of course not all vegetables, fruits, and foods have been listed above, but if you have a question about a different type of food drop a comment below or send us a message!


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