Here are the ways through which you can make the food last longer. The goal is to save some cash but waste nothing. Here are the best and most creative ways.
Vegetables are easy-to-prepare. But they are hard to store. With Ziploc plastic bags, they remain fresh for much longer in the refrigerator
DON'T OVERBUY SEAFOOD
The large can of sardine’s costs less per pound than the smaller can, but you won’t wish to eat sardines every night. Hence you should buy what you will eat, and not buy in bulk and store it. By overbuying seafood you’ll be wasting the storage space, and which will make your kitchen smell badly.
BUY DAIRY IN LIMITED QUANTITY
The same is true for dairy products. If only a half-pint of curd will be sufficient for you the whole month, why buy the entire tub? Try to take note of how much dairy you use, and buy accordingly. These dairy products are spoiled very fast, so overbuying can leave you with a bunch of waste.
CHECK OUT PICKLE AISLES
Pickles last longer as they have vinegar present in it. If you love pickles, you can buy them in bulk. Besides their long-lasting nature property, they can be stored anywhere for example in refrigerator or anywhere in cabinets.
STORE SOUPS AND STEWS IN FREEZERS
The cost of food is skyrocketing which is a harsh reality. The worst part is that it is not going to get away. Making soups and stews at home will not only be good to your pocket but storing them in freezer will make them last longer up to a month or more.
BUY FROZEN FOODS
These foods are made to cut down the costs. With the cost of vegetables being escalated, this is a sacrifice that you choose to make. Moreover, frozen foods if stored well are as good as fresh.
DON'T ADD INGREDIENTS THAT SPOIL FAST
For example, adding coconut to your favorite chicken soup will spoil the dish. Choose ingredients that when added keeps the food fresh say like soy sauce, lemon, and so on.
PLAN BEFORE YOU COOK
The most important step for cost-effective cooking as well as storing the food effectively is to decide logically what you are going to cook for the week or month. Make a meal plan before you go shopping to be sure you're buying no more and no less than what you really need.
FREEZE MEATS IN A RESEALABLE BAG
Never let the frozen meat, seafood or poultry stay in the same supermarket wrapping. Double wrap them in freezer paper or placing them in a resalable plastic bag in order to guard them against freezer burn.
ARRANGE FOODS BY CATEGORY
Some foods are only fresh for a certain period of time: it can be for few weeks or for few months. The strategy of storing them by category is to maximize their life. Foods that expire in short time are kept towards the top and front of your fridge so you get a reminder to use them sooner every time you see it.
DO AN INVENTORY CHECK
Check the items in your pantry and see all the ways they could be put to use. Majority of food items can be used in a variety of dishes, so look for new ideas on how to reuse it if you only have one meal idea for something.
BUY FRUITS DURING SEASON
In this case, what fruit you want to eat, you need to select it by season. Seasonal fruits will not only last longer, but they will definitely taste natural and better.
MARINATE FOODS FOR FUTURE USE
Simply marinating the leftover veggies, meat, and fruits with salt, sugar or vinegar extends the life of these foods.
USE BAKING SODA AS FRESHENER
If you have an opened can of baking soda in your refrigerator and pantry foods stay fresh