Food waste is a real problem in our society. With the ease of finding food in shops and restaurants, it can be all too easy to buy too much food for the home and end up throwing it away after a few days.
If you want to avoid throwing away lots of food again and again and are looking to avoid needing bankruptcy lawyers at any stage of your life, it is important to change your habits for the better and learn to be more food conscious. Today we have some food storage and waste tips which should allow you to save food and money every single day.
- Keep potatoes white
When you are preparing dishes such as hashbrowns and roast potatoes in large batches, it is a good idea to ensure that they stay white for longer. There are a few ways you can do this and one of these is to cover with cold water before cooking or storing in the fridge. You can even prepare potatoes by peeling the night before and leave them in a bowl of cold water in the fridge to stay white and fresh!
- Slow down rotting
When storing foods such as tomatoes, rotting can be an issue which arises fairly quickly. Usually, fruits like this will last for a few days before one will start to rot, and when one starts the rest will follow. To slow down this process you can store tomatoes stem down and this will keep them from rotting because it prevents air from getting into the stem end of the fruit and allowing moisture inside.
- Give bananas a longer life
Bananas are like avocados. You can keep them in the kitchen for a week and they’ll be hard and underripe, but then a sudden moment at 3 am will come and they will be perfectly ripe before rotting by the time you notice. To avoid bananas rotting, one thing you can do is cover the stems with foil. The foil will stop hormones spreading from fruit to fruit and will also stop moisture getting inside. This should keep the bananas fresher for much longer.
- Speed up ripening
If you are looking to speed up the ripening process this summer for a party, a simple way to do this is to place the fruit or vegetable into a paper bag and this will help promote ripening. It means you don’t need to go without guacamole at your next barbecue.
- Stop fruit browning
If you enjoy eating fruit salads as a dessert and a lunch during the summer months, one of the things you will have to contend with is the fruit browning too quickly. One clever way to combat this is to squeeze some lemon juice over the fruit once cut, and the acid will block oxygen from coming into contact with the fruit and causing browning.
- Check your eggs
As you may know by now, the date on food isn’t always gospel. When checking food for freshness there is a habit we have of checking the date and throwing food away without a second thought. To avoid wasting eggs, you can use a jug of cold water to test the freshness of the eggs. If the egg sinks, it’s fresh, if it floats, it’s not. Simple!