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How To Store Food For Longer

Food stored in the fridge

All foods have an expiration date, but some expire quicker than others. Wouldn’t it be amazing if there was a way to make food last longer than it normally would? Luckily for you, there are a few ways you can store food to increase its shelf life.

  1. Milk – Where do you usually keep the milk? If it’s stored on the door then you may want to reconsider its placement. Dairy needs to be constantly cool and having it on the door will expose it to warm air every time the refrigerator is opened. Instead, keep the milk in the center of the refrigerator.
  2. Bananas – The stems of bananas release ethylene gas that have ripening effects on fruit. To prevent your bananas or other closeby fruit from ripening too fast, wrap the stem in plastic wrap. If you want to make the bushel of bananas last even longer, separate them and wrap each stem individually.
  3. Herbs – You want to store herbs exactly as you would with a bouquet of flowers. Place them in a jar of water so they can stay fresh for as long as possible. However, with herbs you want to place a plastic bag over the top to lock in the extra moisture. Proceed with placing your bouquet of herbs in the refrigerator.
  4. Chopped Fruits & Veggies – The only way to make chopped fruits and veggies last longer is to not chop them at all. Cutting them up and exposing them to the air will immediately start making them go bad. Dice them up the day that you want to eat them for optimal freshness.
  5. Cheese – Storing cheese in plastic wrap is the perfect way to dry out a good block. To keep your cheese soft and fresh, wrap it in a piece of wax paper. This will keep it from being exposed, but it will still allow it to breathe.

If you had the opportunity to make your food last longer, wouldn’t you take it? Since most of the food in your home is stored in the refrigerator it should be running as efficiently as possible. When yours needs a tune-up or repair, contact the professionals at Tri-City Appliance, Heating & Cooling. To learn more, or to schedule a service, give us a call at (203) 303-5700.