Tie a knot between every onion with a pair of nylon stockings. The onions will last for months because they’re in fresh air and not squashed against each other.
2. Potatoes & Apples
Store potatoes with a few apples to keep the potatoes from sprouting.
When you buy fresh berries, soak them in a bowl with water and vinegar (ratio 9:1) and then drain them in a sieve and let dry. This kills off any microorganisms and makes the berries last longer.
A tightly sealed glass jar stored in a cool area will provide honey with a long shelf life. Actually, the sweet nectar is considered one of the longest lasting foods in the world.
Milk can be frozen and then defrosted before use. This helps it last up to three months.
Eggs can also be frozen. Simply crack them into an ice cube tray with a little salt or sugar (this prevents them from becoming grainy) and use as needed.
Leftover sauce is another good candidate for freezing. Place in a storage bag in the freezer. After an hour, the sauce should be solid enough (but not too solid) so that you can use the back of a knife to separate it into individual portions.
Keep freshly picked herbs at hand by freezing them in a little olive oil. Then they last for ages!
Wrap banana stems in cling wrap and they’ll brown much more slowly.
10. Celery & Broccoli
These vegetables last much longer and remain crunchy if stored in the fridge wrapped in aluminium foil.
If you’re not going to get around to using your veggies while they’re still fresh, blanching them before freezing will ensure that they remain crisp.
Lettuce lasts longer when wrapped in a paper towel because the extra moisture won’t cause it to wilt — instead it’s soaked up by the paper towel.
Apples generally last for a longer time than other fruits. But did you know that in the fridge, they can last up to six months? Just be sure to leave a bit of space between apples.
Carrots will last forever if stored in the dark in sand.
15. Ground Beef
With the same method as used for sauce, you can freeze and portion left over ground beef. Or just freeze in sandwich bag size portions and roll flat. The meat will thaw out much more quickly when you’re suddenly in the mood for a juicy burger!
16. Cottage Cheese
Cottage cheese lasts twice as long when it’s stored upside down!
17. Instead of Tupperware
Instead of plastic containers, store your food in glass jars. It lasts much longer.
Store your cheese in special, grease-proof paper. It lasts longer and won’t sweat.
Remove the crown and stand the pineapple on its head. It’ll make the pineapple enjoyable for longer.
20. Spring Onions
Leave spring onions to grow by placing them in water. When you need them, they’ll be fresh and crisp. You can even grow completely new onions from the bulbs.
Cake will last much longer when protected by pieces of white bread. This removes the moisture from the surrounding air and at the same time prevents the cake from drying out where it’s been cut. Just use some toothpicks to hold the bread in place.
Now that you know how, you can make your food last so much longer. So there’s no excuse. Fresh ingredients at the ready, let’s get cooking!