Learn to save space and extend your food’s supposed lifespan. Amazing, how simple life can be:
Tie a knot between every onion with a pair of nylon stockings. By doing so, the onions will last up to 8 months, because they’re in fresh air and not squashed against each other.
2. Potatoes, onions, and apples
Should always be stored separately. When stored together their shelf-life is reduced. A system like this, for example, will help. The potatoes are stored in the dark so that they don’t produce germs or toxic solanine.
When you buy fresh berries, place them straight into a bowl with water and vinegar (ratio 10:1) and after 5 minutes drain them in a sieve and let dry. This kills off the small micro-organisms (of the biological kind) 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.
Eggs can also be frozen, of course. Simply crack them into an ice-cube container, with a little salt or sugar (that prevents them from becoming grainy) and use as needed.
6. Tomato sauce
Tomato sauce that’s leftover can also be put in a freezer bag and then frozen. After an hour, it should be frozen enough so that you can use the back of a knife and separate the mass into individual portions. As in, push the sauce back and forth.
When you want to pick your herbs then you just need a little olive oil in which to freeze them. Then they last for ages!
By wrapping the stem of the banana in cling wrap, they’ll brown much more slowly.
9. Celery, broccoli, and lettuce
These vegetables last much longer and remain crunchy if stored in the fridge wrapped in aluminium foil.
Vegetables should be frozen after being lightly blanched. This gives them a longer shelf-life.
Lettuce lasts longer when wrapped in a paper towel because the extra moisture can’t make it go bad – instead it’s soaked up by the paper towel.
Apples last for a long time. In the fridge, they can last up to 6 months. You just need to keep an eye our for that famous rotten apple and get rid of it. Otherwise, it’ll spoil the rest.
Carrots will last forever if stored in the dark in sand.
With the same method used for the tomato sauce, you can freeze and portion the left over mincemeat. Then just thaw and use as required.
15. Cheese in buckets
Cheese in buckets lasts twice as long when it’s stored up-side-down!
16. 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, doesn’t sweat, and doesn’t taste like plastic.
Remove the crown and stand the pineapple on its head. It’ll make the pineapple enjoyable for longer.
Leave spring onions to grow by placing them in water. When you need them, they’ll be fresh and crisp. From the bulb, you can even grow completely new onions.
Cake will last much longer when protected by pieces of white bread. They remove the moisture from the surrounding air and at the same time prevent the cake from drying out, where it’s been cut.
These practical ideas can make your food last so much longer, and you’ll also save money because you won’t throw food away. As Leonardo da Vinci once said, “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
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