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There’s No Time to Waste!
April 11, 2014
According to a study from the Natural Resources Defense Council, Americans discard 40 percent of the food supply every year, and the average American family of four ends up throwing away an equivalent of up to $2,275 of food each year. Properly storing your food can help extend its life! Here are a few tips to help break this cycle of waste and keep some of your hard earned-money in the bank!
- Artichokes: store in an airtight container sealed, with light moisture.
- Asparagus: store in a glass or bowl upright with water at room temperature.
- Avocados: store in a paper bag at room temp. Place an apple in the bag to speed up ripening.
- Basil: store on a cool counter in an airtight container/jar loosely packed with a small damp piece of paper inside.
- Beets: Remove the tops to keep your beets firm, as the greens will draw moisture from the roots making them loose flavor and firmness. Wash beets and store in an open container with a wet towel on top.
- Carrots: cut the tops off to keep them fresh longer. Place them in closed container with plenty of moisture, either wrapped in a damp towel or dunk them in cold water every couple of days if they’re stored that long.
- Lettuce: store damp in an airtight container in the fridge.
- Spring onions: Remove any band or tie and place in the crisper.
- Citrus: store in a cool place, with good ventilation.
- Berries: Store in a paper bag and be careful not to stack too many, a single layer if possible. Only wash berries just before you plan on eating them.