Tips to store Grocery Items for longer use.
Its easy to purchase all the groceries at a time. But most of the groceries items we purchase will go waste because we may not use for long time and it gets rot. So here is list of methods to store grocery items for longer use. So lets get started. 1. Onions
Onions are one of the easiest vegetables to store long-term because they contain high sulphur which aids preservation. Store them in a cool, dry environment with good air circulation. Onions can last up to eight months in proper conditions. However, note that sweet onions will only last a few weeks in the refrigerator. 2. Potatoes and Other Root Vegetables
Potatoes can last up to six months in a home pantry if they’re cured first. Other root vegetables, such as carrots, parsnips, and beets, can be stored for three to four months. To cure potatoes, lay them in a single layer on newspaper in an area that’s 45 to 60 degrees for two weeks. This will toughen the skins and prevent them from turning green. Long-term storage for potatoes and root crops is tricky because they need a cold environment, around 35 to 40 degrees, with relatively high humidity. Most of the time, this means storing them in a root cellar or unheated basement or garage. However, if you have access to a cool space around your home, you can store these vegetables in wooden crates packed with straw or sawdust, this will help keep the temperature cooler and more stable. Fluctuating temperatures are the kiss of death for root-crop storage, as it causes these vegetables to start sprouting.
It’s best to store potatoes in small groups rather than in one large pile. The bottom potatoes will quickly get bruised under the weight of a larger pile; larger piles also limit ventilation. Never wash root crops before storing them. They’ll do best if you put them in a cold, damp environment right as they are. If you’re storing them outdoors (for example, in a box under your porch) never let them freeze; once they thaw they will decompose quickly. 3. Cabbage
Just like potatoes and other root vegetables, cabbage also likes a cold, damp environment. When it’s stored correctly, cabbage can last three to four months. Keep all the outer leaves intact until you’re ready to eat the cabbage; the outer leaves help protect the inner leaves. Cabbages often do well when they’re hung, head down, from the stem, or wrapped in several layers of newspaper and stored on the floor. 4 Know where to store fruits and vegetables
Not all fruits and veggies need to live in the fridge. Avocados, citrus, bananas, nectarines, pears, peaches, onions, tomatoes, and potatoes can all be stored at room temperature or in a cool pantry. But don’t store onions and potatoes together. Because of ethylene gas that some kinds of produce release, they cause each other to spoil faster.
5. Store grains in air-tight containers
- Use plastic wrap on bananas
Cover the crown of a bunch of bananas in plastic wrap to slow the release of ethylene gas. This will prevent them from ripening too quickly if you’re not going to use the whole bunch right away.
- Wash produce as you go
If washing fruits and veggies is the first thing you do when you come home from the grocery store, you might want to switch up your routine. Unless you plan on freezing your food, only wash the things you’re ready to eat right away or soon after. That lessens the chance of mould growing on damp produce. And if you’re going to chop up your food in advance to save time, just wait to wash it right before you eat it.
- Buying in bulk is a great way to save money when grocery shopping, but you want to store it correctly so the extra food doesn’t go to waste. If you buy grains in bulk, be sure to transfer them to an airtight container to maintain freshness, as well as keep bugs away.
- Place bags of flour in the freezer for a day or two when you first bring it home from the store. This will help kill any insect eggs in the flour.