Part of helping to preserve our environment is reducing waste, and proper food storage plays an important role in doing so.
It’s true that when something has been lying around for a few days, it becomes less attractive to eat. With proper food storage, you can make food last longer, save money and help to prevent the massive build up of food waste that happens every year.
It’s possible to ensure what we eat stay fresh and attractive to eat, and Real Simpl outline how to do so for the main items we buy every week. For cheeses, the fridge is the best place. Soft cheeses should go in an airtight container, but harder cheeses are better stored in wax or parchment paper, then put in a re-sealable plastic bag.
Milk and yogurt can be frozen too, so you don’t actually need to throw them out, just use what you need. Simply transfer them into freezer proof containers or glass jars, leaving 1 inch of space at the top to allow for expansion; once thawed, mix to redistribute the solids.
Bread and other baked goods are also a staple of any average household’s shoping, and the trick with these items is to make sure they’re tightly wrapped or in an airtight container. This applies whether you are storing them in a bread bin or freezing them. There are a few exceptions to this rule however. Dairy-based cakes and pies, such as cheesecake, and cookies with uncooked dairy fillings, like whipped cream, should go into the refrigerator. Bakery-style breads and baguettes should be kept in their original packaging (an airtight bag will turn crusts soggy) if not freezing. If freezing, transfer them to a re-sealable freezer bag. Any crackers or snack foods will stay fresh longer in an airtight container, so you enjoy your cookies for a much longer time.
A little investment in some good, airtight storage equipment, and some re-useable bags can save you on a lot of investing in food. Save money and prevent waste and pollution at the same time, think food storage and see just how easy it is.