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5 hacks for keeping your food fresher for longer

5 hacks for keeping your food fresher for longer

There’s nothing tastier than a meal full of crisp vegetables, succulent meat, and sweet seasonal produce. Everything tastes better when it’s fresh, so here are a few tricks that will work to keep your meat, vegetables, and even leftovers fresher for longer.
Cover meat completely
Many people buy fresh meat and assume the market or butcher’s packaging is good enough. However, if you’re not eating the meat on the same day you bought it, there are a few things you can do to keep it fresh and wholesome.

Oxygen is the enemy of fresh meat, so preventing contact with air is essential. While plastic or foil will cover your meat, it won’t keep all the air out. To keep your meat fresher for longer, cover with marinade or olive oil. These ingredients will form a protective barrier against oxygen, which will keep your meat tender and tasty.

Keep vegetables dry
Just like oxygen is the enemy of meat, moisture can cause some vegetables to become mushy or wilted. Store fresh lettuce, kale, and spinach in a bowl, topped with a paper towel and plastic wrap. The paper towel will serve to soak up any moisture and keep your salad fresh.

Moisture can also make mushrooms go bad. Be sure to store your mushrooms in paper rather than plastic or glass, as it can breathe and create airflow that keeps the mushrooms dry.

Wash fruit with vinegar

Most of us run our fruit under the tap before we eat it, but washing your fruit in a mixture of water and vinegar not only cleans your produce but also prevents mould growth. Use a bowl to wash your fruit with a combination of 10 parts water to 1 part white vinegar.

If you’d like to put your fruit in the fridge, it’s best to store it in glass, as plastics can contain ingredients that increase the chance of spoilage.

Store leftovers safely

When it comes to leftovers, it’s all about how you store them. First, you need to decide whether they belong in the fridge or the freezer. If you don’t plan on eating your leftovers within a couple of days, opt for the freezer.

If your leftovers are fridge-worthy, you’ll want to be sure that air can’t reach them. Choose airtight storage like mason jars or lockable plastic containers, which will seal your food and keep it fresh. If your meal is going right back into the oven, like leftover lasagne, try covering with foil, as foil is safe to put into the oven.

Don’t watch your food go to waste. Keep it fresh for food that’s healthy, hearty, and wholesome.
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