Preserving Food: Tips to Extend Perishable Items

Imagine saving 20, 30, 50 or even 70 percent off your grocery bill every month then regrettably throwing half of that food in the trash because it went bad or you didn’t use it before its expiration date. It happens to me every month, so I was happy to learn that there are tips to preserve food from spoiling and I can continue to use my coupons on groceries.

Learn How to Keep Fresh Foods Last Longer, Prevent Throwing Away Food, and Save Money on Groceries

1. Know an item’s expiration date. Almost all canned,  bottled and packaged foods have an expiration date. Ensure you look at the date and write it on the package with a sharpie or marker if needed. Use these fresh packaged items first, or freeze them if you can.

2. Invest in an Ethylene Gas Guardian E.G.G ($25), which will extend the life of fresh fruits and vegetables. The EGC absorbs ethylene gas that’s emitted by most fresh produce. Although some produce can spoil faster from this gas, you can use it in a drawer with those separated fruits/veggies. See this article on RealSimple.com for a complete list.

EGG - Ethylene Gas Guardian Keeps Fruit and Veggies Fresher Longer.

3. Don’t cut or wash the veggies and fruit! I learned this tip awhile ago, and it’s true that if you cut and wash fresh produce days before you eat them, they will spoil. Once you cut into fresh produce, you create a breeding ground for mold by exposing the cells. Grapes are a perfect example, I only wash the amount we are going to eat right away. I keep them in a bowl on the top shelf in my frig, then wash a handful at a time.

Cook it or toss the bad apple in the bunch to preserve the other produce.

4. Toss the rotten apple or banana or kiwi. You know the phrase “One rotten apple spoils the rest.”  When 1 piece of fruit starts going bad, use it right away, so you can extend the life of the other produce.

5. Buy in bulk and freeze half. Like to use those multiple coupons, but can’t eat it all before it goes bad? This is perfect opportunity to freeze half of it. I write the date I bought it on the package or divide larger amounts and put it in freezer safe bags with the date. Then I know which package to use first. This food preserving tip works with bread, milk, cheese, meats, green/red bell peppers, onions (slice first) and many other types of food.

6. No, to organic produce. Unless you can eat organic fruits and vegetables within a week or freeze them, don’t buy those grocery items often. I buy fresh peaches, but I prepare them to freeze for the winter (minus the fuzzy skin).

 

More tips available on LearnVest.com – lots of valuable information on this site for preserving food that ultimately saves you money on groceries!