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12 Tips for Making Your Food Last Longer

Fruit and Veg - tips to make it last longer

Here at Goodbox we are passionate about supporting people to eat well for less, and understand how they can make the most of their food to minimise food waste.

In today’s blog we share some of our top tips to making your food last longer.

Save avocados with lemon juice

If you happen to have half an avocado left, you can save the other half from oxidizing. Squeeze a bit of lemon juice on the exposed portion of the avocado. The citric acid acts as a natural preservative. Wrap the avocado tightly with a food wrap and store it upside down in your fridge.

Store greens with paper towels

Though all of our fruit and veg is locally sourced and therefore lasts at least aweek, we know that salad leaves can go from fresh and crisp to sad, wilted and slimy if not stored correctly. As soon as you receive your Goodbox, makesure to transfer the salad leaves to a suitable storage container and add a few sheets of paper towels at the top and bottom before zipping up the bag or sealing the lid. The paper towel should effectively absorb any excess moisture that would ordinarily result in leaves going bad before you can use it.

Turn old vegetables into stock

We love a good soup here at Goodbox and we have some great recipes on the website for you to enjoy. In fact, soup if one of the best foods to make ahead and freeze and one of the basic ingredients of soup, stock, is easy to make at home. So, if you notice your vegetables and herbs are starting to turn, freeze them in a plastic bag and then repurpose them for some homemade vegetable stock. Carrots, onions, garlic, leeks, thyme and parsleyare all perfect for this.

Store fresh herbs in damp paper towels

Fresh herbs can make or break a number of recipes. To keep them fresher longer, store your fresh herbs by wrapping them up in damp paper towels, which you then place in a zip-lock plastic bag.

Turn stale bread into croutons

Simply cut your old bread into half-inch cubes, toss with olive oil and your choice of seasonings and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

Keep vegetables in the crisper drawer

Most vegetables will last longer when placed in the crisper drawer. Keep your broccoli, beetroot, cauliflower, celery, cucumbers, aubergine, beans, greens, radishes, squash and more in this part of your fridge.

Wrap the tops of bananas with plastic/beeswax wrap

Bananas are a great fruit to eat and one of the foods that will boost your immune system. The only issue is by the time one banana is ripe enough to eat, the whole bunch will become too ripe in a matter of days due to the release of ethylene gas. To slow down the process, wrap some plastic wrap tightly around the crown of the bunch, which should extend the shelf life of the bananas by a few more days.

Turn old bananas into banana bread

We LOVE banana bread and it seems that the world went banana bread crazy during lockdown. The reason for that is it is easy to make, and one of the best dishes you can make using pantry staples.

Place asparagus upright in water

Think of your asparagus like you would a bunch of flowers. To keep this vegetable fresh, trim the bottoms and stand asparagus upright in a jar with an inch or two of water. Cover the tips with a plastic bag so they don’t pick up any strange fridge odours.

Keep grapes on the stem

Removing grapes from the stem will cause them to rot quicker since the portion of the fruit that was attached to the stem is now exposed, leading to mould and bacteria growth.

Remove carrot tops

Have you noticed that your carrots, with their fabulous flower-like tops, oftengo from deliciously crunchy to sad and wilted in no time at all? That’s because carrot tops suck precious nutrients from the carrot itself. To make your carrots last longer, simply remove the tops and store them in the fridge.

Store grains in airtight containers

Moisture is the worst thing that can happen to whole grains like barley, popcorn, oats, quinoa, wheat and wild rice. It can make them go bad before you get to use them. To keep these dry goods better for longer, they should be stored in airtight containers with tight-fitting lids. Glass, plastic and plasticbags with zippers all will do the trick, so long as your container is secured tightly.

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