How many of you have gone to the grocery store recently and seen the cost of vegetables and fruits? Well, it is no joke that healthy foods are getting more and more expensive and shows no signs of slowing down. If you are like us and don’t like spending your entire grocery budget on healthy products try the items listed below, this will be sure to help extend the shelf life of groceries.
- To keep your lettuce fresh, take a clean cloth or plain white paper towel and place it in the bag or box to absorb the moisture, change it out every few days. This is will help draw the moisture from the lettuce and will slow down the decomposing cycle.
- For asparagus, cut or break off the wooden/white ends and place the cut end in a cup or jar in a solution of water and baking soda (ratio ½ cup of water to ¼ tsp of baking soda). Cover the tops with plastic wrap or a plastic bag to keep the tips moist.
- Tomatoes should be stored at room temperature; this will help them retain much more flavor. You will need to eat them soon to get the vitamin C and other healthful benefits from them.
- Did you know organic eggs if not pre-washed can sit out on the counter? There is a chemical in a natural egg that protects it from spoiling. Once they are washed they do need to be refrigerated.
- Bananas will stay longer if you protect the stalk, you can either cover it with plastic wrap or wax such as from a candle. Once you split them up they ripen pretty quickly.
- Got a garden and lots of green tomatoes? Place the green tomatoes in a clean brown paper bag along with a whole apple. The acids from the apple will actually ripen the tomatoes quicker which means you can enjoy your home grown tomatoes sooner than you had thought.
- Did you grow too much basil during this year’s crop? Well, you can cut, wash, and dry it in a basket with paper towels over it to keep them clean. Ground it with a food processor and place it in jars after it is completely dry.
- Another idea for basil is to wash and put it in a food processor to shred it up and then put it in olive oil or water and pour into ice cube trays in the freezer. Pull the cubes out when you need it for a recipe.
Have any other great ideas to help preserve your veggies and other produce? Leave a comment below, and who knows we may even post it with a shout out to you!