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How To Keep Food Fresh Longer

Tips for food storage:

• Store apples on the counter away from other produce like bananas! It causes them to ripen faster. If you prefer for them to last longer, store in the fruit bin in the refrigerator ALONE or at least away from everything else. Apples just do not play well with others!

• Always store eggs in the carton in the refrigerator. TIP: To find out if an egg is still good, fill a bowl with cold water and place the egg inside. If the egg sinks to the bottom, then it is a fresh egg. On the other hand, if the egg sinks to the bottom and stands on the pointed end, it needs to be used soon. On the other hand, if the egg floats to the top, it needs to be tossed immediately.

• Food storage is greatly affected by high temperatures, moisture, light and oxygen. My great grandmother's pantry was to die for...all home canned food and always cool.

• Spread cloves around the counter and in the cabinet under the sink to keep away the ants.

• Keep potatoes in a cool, dry place...not the refrigerator because it will cause them to turn sweet.

• Buy herbs and spices whole and grind them right before use. Chopping and grinding them releases their natural oils. Store washed, dried, wrapped in paper towel, and in a plastic bag.

• Fresh, whole tomatoes should be kept at room temperature to prevent them from being watery and losing their flavor.

• Wash the lettuce, DRY COMPLETELY, wrap them in a paper/cotton towel, put in a plastic bag and refrigerate. To "refresh" the lettuce, put into icy cold water for an hour.

• Keep the oldest refrigerated food items at the front of the refrigerator.

• Half a potato or an open container of baking soda in the refrigerator will absorb odors.

• Mushrooms
prefer paper bags over plastic.

• Rotate canned foods by keeping the older cans in the front of the pantry shelves or closet.

• Tropical fruits
are best stored cool, but outside the refrigerator.

• Store flour in the freezer to kill and keep out all critters...You know they are in there! Don't think about it! Next item...LOL

• Place bay leaves in rice bags to keep away insects.

• Store honey in a cool, dark place in an air-tight container away from temperature fluctuations to prevent crystallization.

• When buying meat in bulk, separate into family or individual sized portions and freeze.

• Store meat and poultry in the coldest part of the refrigerator where it will be least affected by the fluctuation of temperature from the opening and closing of the doors.

• Use common sense...Keep food away from poisons.

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