01/14Groceries that you've been storing wrong and should correct it soon

Groceries that you've been storing wrong and should correct it soon

How bad does it feel when you're all excited to cook yourself a meal and you reach out to the refrigerator only to find out that all your ingredients turned foul? You should know that not anything and everything has to be stored in the fridge and vice versa for storing them at room temperature. Certain food items need certain kind of storage and chances are that you've been storing your groceries all wrong. Hence, we've listed down a few grocery items and the right ways to store them. So the next time you buy your monthly or weekly groceries, you'll exactly know where to put them in order for their long shelf life.


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02/14Nuts

Nuts

Thinking that nuts can last for the longest time is wrong. They can go rancid faster than you think. Hence, storing therm loosely at room temperature is an absolutely wrong thing to do. Instead, pack them in an airtight container or a resealable plastic back and store them in the fridge, You can of course store them at room temperature for three months, but if you think you're going to store them for longer, make sure to refrigerate them as that way they can go on for a year.


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03/14Lemons and limes

Lemons and limes

You can surely keep the citrus fruits on the counter, but when it comes to lemons and limes, they are supposed to be stored in the fridge and in fact, in a plastic back. This will give them an even longer shelf life.


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04/14Brown sugar

Brown sugar

Brown sugar can turn rock hard and difficult to use because of the molasses that it's made with. These molasses lose moisture causing the sugar to clump. Hence, to avoid this, you can add marshmallows in the same container. The marshmallows will retain the moisture and keep the brown sugar powdery and separated for a really long time.


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05/14Grains and pasta

Grains and pasta

All the uncooked pastas and grains should always be stored in airtight glass or plastic container. Be it lentils, rice, oats or quinoa, keep them sealed with more than just a half open and flimsy box. It's because common household pests like bugs and mice can easily crawl into such containers. Also excess moisture from the surrounding air can cause the item to spoil quicker than usual.


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06/14Avocado

Avocado

Unripe avocados should be kept out on the kitchen counter at room temperature. But if you've cut them into halves and used a little of it, the inside will start to brown in no time as they're ripe and should be used immediately. And if you know you're not going to be able to use the other half of it any time soon, brush the open side with some olive oil and store it face-down in an airtight container. The olive oil will help by acting as a seal that blocks the air from contacting open end of the fruit. You can even brush it with lemon juice as it slows down the oxidation and then wrap the half avocados in a plastic wrap.


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07/14Bananas

Bananas

Leaving bananas on the counter when they're green gives them a chance to over-ripen in no time. Never keep them in the cool temperatures of the fridge if you want them to ripen as the cool air of the refrigerator stalls the ripening process. Hence, you need to wrap the crown of a bunch of bananas in plastic wrap. This will slow down the release of ethylene gas which ultimately slows down the ripening process.


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08/14Berries

Berries

Storing the berries in the same container you get them in without throwing a paper towel beneath the carton will only give them a decreased shelf life. Before you keep your berries in the fridge, rinse them well with light vinegar solution made with eight parts water and one part vinegar. Drain them well before you put them away so that they don't have excess moisture. The vinegar will help in killing the excess bacteria which grows quickly on the surface of berries that can turn the fresh ones into a mush.


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09/14Cherry tomatoes

Cherry tomatoes

Now, you might think that cherry tomatoes are supposed to go right in the fridge as soon as you pick them from the grocery store, but that's actually wrong. To keep your tomatoes fresh and taste sweet, you're supposed to store them in a dry space and allow them to ripen naturally. A ripe cherry tomato will have a rather deeper and uniform colour as well as a noticeable shine.


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10/14Onions

Onions

For some people, by default all veggies goes in the kitchen, including onions. But rather, onions are supposed to be placed in a mesh bag and stored in a cabinet or pantry where the air is cool and dry. Onions usually last for longer that way, otherwise the moisture in the fridge only allows them to rot. But when it comes to sliced or chopped onions, you can store them in an air-tight container in the fridge.


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