Week after week can seem like a struggle between you and the all-powerful grocery store. No matter how much you feed it one week, you can be rest assured sure that you’ll be back same time next week. As fresh as some of the items you buy are, they just spoil too darn quickly. What can you do?! Your feet hurt, your wallet is shrinking, and your gas is emptying with ever inch to and from these necessities you have to purchase because this beast of a grocery store’s hunger will never be satisfied. Our last hope is to find ways to make a produce last a little longer. Luckily, for us band of grocery store survivors, we have here a list of ways to make your groceries last longer than usual:
Poke Holes in Your Bags
If anyone catches you poking holes in your grocery bag, before they can call you a crazy person, you can tell them that you are doing it to protect your produce. Plastic bags can produce moisture, and without holes to escape from, the moisture will be retained in the bag which can then hastily break down your recently purchased produce.
Protect Your Produce from Yourself
We get it. Sometimes the produce looks so good that you can barely throw your groceries into your fridge before you cut it up in preparation of next week’s delicious treat. It happens to us too. The problem with doing this is that once your produce is sliced and diced, it doesn’t take long to start to brown. Cutting up something if too far in advanced causes just another aggravating trip to the grocery store. If your hands are tied, you can always use lemon juice to slow down the process.
Freeze Your Bread
Once the onset of mold begins, your refrigerator’s produce is fair game. A lost cause, maybe. If the bread is frozen, then you eliminate the problem of mold. If you really are against having a couple of frozen loafs, you can meet us halfway. Put half in the freezer, and half in the fridge. We’ll all be winners.
Keep It Out of the Sunlight
Your produce is close to being a vampire. We’re pretty sure that your melons aren’t going to rise up in the middle of the night and suck your blood through your neck, but it does come close to burning up when exposed to the sun. Sunlight speeds up the ripening process.
Middle Shelf Your Milk
Your milk is important. First off, it’s delicious. Secondly, you may need it in your coffee, and third, how are your cookies going to go down as well without it? Even if you are lactose intolerant, you don’t want the glorious milk to be spoiled for your milk loving family, so keep it away from
the refrigerator door. It needs to stay cooler than that spot, so plateau it right on the colder middle shelf where your milk will reign supreme.
Butter That Cheese
Cheese is as, if not more, glorious than milk. That is why it is so devastating when your cheese dries out faster than your poor, little mouth can fit and chew it. To prevent this atrocity from happening, apply a little slab of butter on the exposed cheese. Not too much. That may get kind of gross. Just enough butter to keep the cheese nice and fresh for your next dinner party.
Shrink Wrap Your Banana Crown
Nobody likes a spoiled banana. To keep your bananas nice and yellow and fresh, it is useful to wrap up the crown, or stem all bananas are attached to, in plastic. If unwrapped, the ethylene gas from it will rapidly spoil the bananas and any other produce close to it.
For more tips to make your groceries last longer, you can read the full Money Talks News article here.