Whether you are trying to conserve what you already have at home, or just figuring out how to keep things fresh longer, we’ve got some great tips for you! Now more than ever, we are all cooking and want to make the absolute most of the food that we are purchasing. Below are our best tips for keeping some of your perishable items fresher, longer.
Asparagus and Celery
Cut a ½ inch from the bottom and place in a jar or tall glass with 3-4 inches of water.
Keep in your refrigerator until you’re ready to use. Will extend freshness and last at least a week.
Lettuce (Any type)
No matter what type of lettuce you are using, wrap your lettuce in paper towels when storing in the refrigerator.
If you buy packaged arugula, remove from the package and place it in a jar and store in the refrigerator. It will last 1-2 weeks.
Cut the stems of your favorite herbs and arrange in a glass with water. This looks nice and keeps the herbs fresher longer. These can be kept on your counter or keep in your refrigerator until you’re ready to use.
Brown paper lunch bags are perfect for storing mushrooms in the refrigerator. Alternatively, if you do not have brown paper bags, you can place the mushrooms in paper towel or paper napkins to store in the refrigerator.
If you have bananas that are ripe, and you want to hold onto them. There are two quick options:
A: Remove the skin and either wrap the whole banana in foil or plastic wrap and freeze
B: Slice the bananas into desired size pieces, on a parchment paper lines baking sheet place arrange banana pieces, so they are not touching. Place in freezer for two hours. Remove the baking sheet from the freezer and place each frozen piece into a plastic bag or container and return to your freezer.
Either method above will keep your bananas in your freezer for up to a month. When you’re ready for bananas, simply let the banana defrost at room temperature and enjoy.
When you buy berries, make sure they are dry before refrigerating. If you have a baking sheet, put a couple of paper towels on the bottom and spread the berries out. I also use this time to pick through the berries in case there are any that are bad. Let the berries dry for 30 minutes and then collect the berries and place them in the refrigerator until your ready to use. *Wash berries before serving.