I have noticed that from time to time, I find rotten fruits or vegetables at the bottom of my refrigerator. This aggravates my husband a lot so I tried to look for ways to keep our food fresher and longer. Here’s what I found out:
1.) Prevent potatoes from sprouting by putting them in a brown bag with a whole apple. This will keep them good for up to 8 weeks.
2.) Keep eggs in their container and place them in the middle shelf. The top shelf is too cold, and bottom shelf should be for anything that might leak and contaminate anything underneath.
3.) Do not cover the cheese with plastic because it needs breathing space. Wrap it in a paper towel and place your cheese in the warmest part of the refrigerator which is the door. You can also add a dab of butter to the cut side of cheese to prevent it from drying out.
4.) Store tomatoes at room temperature. Do not cover and place it upside down, this prevents air from entering through the stem and prevents moisture from getting out.
5.) Onions can be kept in a brown bag like the potatoes or you can place them in a panty hose legs and hang it up on your ceiling.
6.) Keep Fruits and vegetables away from each other. Fruits emit ethylene gas which can make your vegetables ripen faster. Placing a baking soda at the back of the fridge can help keep vegetables fresh at a much longer time.
7.) Design meal plans and clean out your refrigerator regularly before grocery shopping. Shop for items that you only need, and use what you have in the pantry and refrigerator. With a little creativity, and an eye toward vanquishing waste in our lives, we can make use of more of our food before it goes to waste while saving money at the same time.