BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 08: Peppersa nd tomatoes lie on display at a Spanish producer's stand at the Fruit Logistica agricultural trade fair on February 8, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. The fair, which takes place from February 8-10, is taking place amidst poor weather and harvest conditions in Spain that have led to price increases and even rationing at supmermarkets for fresh vegetables across Europe. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

In efforts to stay safe and minimize our trips to the store, these grocery hacks will come in handy!

Pandemic or not, making your food last longer not only reduces the amount of times you have to go to the grocery store, it also saves money! Now that we all seem to be cooking more than ever before, these tips will go a long way in ensuring quality and freshness:

  1. Freeze unused broth in ice cube trays- Rarely do we use the whole container in one recipe, and once opened, broth tends to only have a 4-5 day shelf life.  Get use out of the extra by freezing it in unused ice trays and dropping it in the dish when ready!
  2. Store fresh herbs properly- For longer use, fresh herbs should be treated like flowers in the sense that they need to be upright in a container, with a little bit of water.
  3. Paper towel in lettuce- To keep lettuce or spinach from wilting faster and getting soggy, place a paper towel in the bag to absorb moisture.
  4. Dry produce extra well- After washing your produce, be sure to dry it completely to minimize excess moisture and avoid earlier rot.
  5. Rewrap your blocked cheese- Not many people know that cheese actually needs to breathe a little bit, so putting your cheese in wax paper or a semi-opened ziplock bag and then into a bigger semi-opened bag will favor it much better than plastic wrap.

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I can’t wait to try these and help stretch my groceries as long as possible.  Not only will it reduce our potential exposure during this time, it’ll also save us some cash which I know we all love!

You can find more of these shelf-life / freshness hacks here!

 

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