We all know cooking is one of the best ways to get healthier. You’ll be more likely to use fresher ingredients and eat smaller portions. However, one of the most common reasons many people don’t cook is that fresh ingredients can spoil quickly, leading to money and food going into the garbage.
Well, there are innovative and easy ways for you to make fresh food last longer so your waistline and bank account stay healthy.
Make fresh food last longer with these 8 tips
The perks of healthy, unprocessed foods are too numerous to even list. But there are two main downsides: First, they’re often a little pricey. Second, they’re quick to go bad. That can be quite the one-two punch—if you spend the extra money on a fancy juice or organic avocado, it’s especially painful to toss it before you have a chance to enjoy. Even more so when you consider that recent research found that Americans waste up to 41 percent of its food supply. To give your trash can and your wallet a break, we dug up the easiest, most effective ways to make your healthy foods last longer.
1. Freeze Your Green Juices
We recently met with cold-pressed juice company Evolution Fresh, and they offered up a great tip we can’t believe we didn’t think of ourselves: If your juice’s expiration date is bearing down on you, simply pop the bottle into the freezer to buy yourself some time. Warning: Liquids expand when they freeze, so either crack open the bottle and take a swig to give the juice a little growing room, or make peace with cleaning up a little seepage.
2. Keep Wheat Flour in the Fridge
The wheat germ in wheat flour contains high levels of oil, which can go rancid if left at room temp. Instead, stash your flour in an airtight container in your refrigerator. An easy way to tell if it’s turned: Give it a sniff. It should smell like nothing; if you detect something bitter, toss it.
3. Hold Off on Washing Berries
Moisture encourages berries to spoil, so wait to rinse them off until just before you’re ready to chow down. Also smart: checking the berry container periodically and picking out any spoiled fruit. They’ll bring the rest of the pint down with them faster.
4. Stash Herbs in This Gadget
The Herb Savor stores your herb stems in water, which helps keep the flavorful greens fresh for up to three weeks. Bonus: It can also be used for asparagus.
5. Paint an Avocado with Lemon Juice
Cut avocados contain an enzyme that oxidizes when exposed to air, causing it to turn brown. To halt the process, cover the cut flesh with a thin layer of lemon juice, then a sheet of plastic wrap, and stick it in the fridge. You can use the same trick to keep guacamole fresh too.
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