Smart Food Storage: Prevent Food Waste

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The average American family tosses approximately $1600 of food away every year.  Most of that food consists of fresh fruits and vegetables that turn because they aren’t consumed or used in time.  However, by storing fruits and vegetables properly, they’ll keep their freshness and last longer!

Here’s how:

freezer-with-30-entrees-cropped•Use online storage guides to ascertain what you’ll need to do to ensure the longevity of your food.

Eggs

Fruits and Vegetables

Dairy

Meat

chopped veggies•Cut up and store items for easy access for food prep and snacking. Use storage bags and containers designed to extend the life of your produce.

•Freeze foods you know you won’t be eating write away.  Many times you can also freeze your food if you realize you can’t eat it in time.

•Many fruits as they ripen give off natural gases. Separate ripe fruit from fruit that isn’t as mature so your produce has a longer shelf life.

•Make sure to store fruits and vegetables in different bins in the fridge.  Also store apples, bananas, and tomatoes separately.

•If you enjoy your fruit at room temperature, take what you’ll eat for the day out of the fridge in the morning.

•If you do have produce that’s passed its prime, think about using it for cooking (soups, sauces, pies or smoothies).

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