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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Keep Your Groceries Fresh Longer

It is always good knowing how to extend the freshness of the food in the refrigerator, right? Saves us money from further buying. Here are some tips that may help:
  1. Set your refrigerator's temperature below 40F, and don't overload it. Air must be able to circulate freely to keep foods cool and fresh.
  2. Wash fruits before you eat them rather than before storing because moisture encourages spoiling. Try to separate fruits from your veggies because some fruits produce ethylene gas, which causes nearby veggies to go bad more quickly.
  3. Stash mushrooms in a paper bag in the fridge. Don't put them in an airtight container because it retains moisture causing them to become slimy.
  4. Vegetable stalks, such as artichokes, celery and asparagus should be wrapped in a moist towel in the fridge for longer staying power.
  5. Unwrap only as much bread as you willuse in a day or two, store in an airtight container and freeze the rest. Keeping your bread in the pantry promotes molding, and putting it in the fridge can cause it to go stale.
  6. Put bananas in the fridge to keep them firm longer. The peels will turn brown, but the fruit inside will be fine.
  7. Keep tomatoes at room temperature. Refrigerating stops the ripening process and makes them lose flavor.
  8. Never store dairy products on the refrigerator door. They need a constant cold environment for optimum freshness, and opening and closing the door can cause fluctuating temperatures.