5 Easy Food Storage Tips to Make Cooking Easier
Updated: Oct 20, 2020
Admit it. You've been ordering food delivery at least 1 to 2 times a week. You've most likely said "Now that I'm home I'll start cooking more" while eating with your fast food that arrived 15 minutes ago. It's ok, we've all been there and the team at Chefling knows that even when a majority of your time is spent at home, it's hard to find the motivation to cook. It's even more frustrating when you bought all the ingredients you need and they go bad too soon.
With the Chefling kitchen assistant, cooking becomes stress free with recipes based on your ingredients, meal planning, shared shopping lists, and pantry management. Chefling even reminds you to cook with expiration notifications and all this is totally free!
So now that you have the Chefling app installed *cough cough*, your kitchen experience should be easy as pie. But, what about making your ingredients last longer? Well, we think that these conventional tips will maximize the shelf life of you main ingredients at home. Here are 5 quick tips that will make your food last longer guaranteed!
1) Wrap the Stem of a Banana in Plastic to Keep it Fresh for Longer
Bananas usually have a shelf life of about 2 to 3 days before they are considered inedible. In the meantime, the closer bananas get to expiration the browner the skin and fruit gets.
So a little known trick, is to cover the stem of the banana with plastic or aluminium foil to keep it fresh for days more. Ethylene gas is produced naturally in the ripening process and causes browning over time. This gas starts at the stem, so covering it protects the fruit from ripening too soon.
2) Freeze Fruits for Ready-To-Go Smoothie Bags!
Who doesn't love smoothies? Smoothies are a great way to start your morning or energize your afternoons; however, making smoothies takes a lot of fruits and berries that regularly go bad within a few days. Usually, you have to buy small boxes of assorted fruits or berries multiple times a week which is expensive!
So why not save money by freezing your fruits and berries in a sealable plastic bag! That way you can have to-go packs for all your favorite combinations. This simple kitchen hack not only saves you money and time, but also extends the life of your fruits and berries by weeks.
(Obvious) Bonus tip : You can freeze your fruit for all your recipes and just soak them in water to bring them back to life for that pie or salad.
3) Rehydrate Lettuce with Cold Water
Salads usually consist of some type of lettuce and other ingredients (duh). It's just not fun when you open the fridge to finally make that perfect salad and the lettuce is wilting. We've seen this 100's of times. So what happens when the lettuce you bought starts to wilt and turn brown? Is that it? Is the lettuce to be tossed? 😟
You'd be surprised to know that the easiest way to bring your lettuce back to life is to soak in cool or cold water for about 30 minutes. Lettuce turns brown and wilts when there isn't enough water in the individual leaves so the easiest thing to do is give it water.
4) Lemon Juice Keeps Avocados from Browning
Sticking to the topic of salad, now that your lettuce is fresh, what about those avocados you forgot about in your fridge!? (You can thank us later.)
Avocados are infamous for quickly browning within hours after cutting them. Plus, most recipes usually need less than a whole avocado for your salad or various other recipes. So what do you do with the other half of that avocado?
Well if you want to prevent the avocado from browning too quickly you can use lemon juice as a natural preservative to keep that avocado fresher for longer.
"Citrus fruits naturally contain antioxidants, which work against oxygen to slow down spoiling or browning in certain foods. Simply add a little lemon juice across the flesh of an avocado and then seal it in an airtight container. This should delay the browning process." - Taste of Home
Bonus Tip: The same tip applies to apples and potatoes to prevent them from browning after you've cut into them!
Want to guarantee your food won't go to waste? Chefling has custom expiration notifications on the inventory in your pantry: Learn about pantry management with Chefling.
5) Keep chewy cookies chewy.
We always like to end our posts with something sweet, like cookies! Cookies are always a great dessert that are made to last in that decorative cookie jar you have at home; however, those cookies probably got a little stale just a day after you've taken them out of the oven.
Now, we don't want to say that a piece of bread works miracles, but if you store a slice of bread inside of that cookie jar (aesthetic aside), then those cookies will absorb the moisture in the bread, keeping them chewier for longer. We recommend white bread because it has no flavor and won't change the taste of the cookies.
We hope you get the most out of these tips. This is the second of a new 'kitchen hack' series from Chefling, so don't forget to like and share! And most importantly, check out the Chefling app for all your kitchen needs!