Frugal Food Storage

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These days we are all trying to save money and prolong our produce. Below are some handy tips to help you do just that.

Onions stored in pantyhose will last as long as 8 months. Put onions in pantyhose, and tie knots between onion. Don’t store onions with potatoes. They’ll spoil faster. In a cool dry place with good air circulation, onions will last 2-3 months.

Picture by thevspotblog.com

Picture by thevspotblog.com

Freeze green onions in a plastic bottle. Make sure the green onions are completely dry before storing or they’ll get freezer burn.

Use a vinegar solution to make your berries last longer. Prepare a mixture of one part vinegar (white or apple cider) and ten parts water. Swirl the berries around in the mixture, drain, rinse, and put them in the fridge. The solution will be diluted enough so you won’t taste the vinegar.

berries

Fresh berries at a market

Raspberries will last a week or more, and strawberries go almost two weeks without getting moldy and soft. Source: passionforsavings.com

Spray leftover guacamole with cooking spray before putting it back in the fridge. There are a number of ways to keep avocado green, and oil is one of them.

guacamole

Keep Quac green

Before I learned this secret, I used to use lime juice to keep it from discoloring but the juice gave it a bitter taste and it didn’t work out too well. Then my mom told me to keep the pit in the avocado or guacamole, it worked wonderfully!

Store potatoes with apples to keep them from sprouting.

Spud and apple

Picture by @Gillianfx

Add a dab of butter to the cut side of cheese to keep it from drying out. Wrap in cheese paper or wax paper (NOT plastic wrap) and then place in a plastic baggie.

Say cheese

Say cheese

Keep in the warmest part of the fridge (vegetable or cheese drawer). Source: Thekitchn.com

Freeze and preserve fresh herbs in olive oil. The herbs will infuse the oil while freezing, and the ice cubes are very handy for cooking: just pop one out and use as the base of a dish.

Photo: Thekitchin.com

Photo: Thekitchin.com

Works best with rosemary, sage, thyme, and oregano. Dill, basil, and mint should always be used fresh. Source: Thekitchn.com

Thanks for reading. Feel free to add your tips below.

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