25 Tricks To Make Your Groceries Last Longer
Fact: almost 20 pounds of food every month for each average American goes unused; a significant amount of this is wasted sitting in the fridge, just waiting to be eaten. Not only does this food waste eat away at our wallets (about $2,000 in annual losses for the average U.S. household of four), but about 25% of our freshwater sources are wasted growing food that is never consumed.
Most of this wasted food is fresh produce. While eating fresh fruits and vegetables is the best choice for your health, it often poses a challenge when trying to use it up before it goes bad. More fruits and vegetables are wasted in the United States than any other food. In fact, more fresh food is wasted (52%) than is actually consumed (48%).
25 Tips To Keep Food Fresher Longer
While this news can get you down, the good news is that there are tricks to help you extend the shelf-life of your fresh foods:
Chop dry green onions and store them in a clean, dry plastic water bottle. Then store them in the freezer and simply sprinkle out when needed.
Store potatoes away from onions which makes them spoil faster. You can also store potatoes with apples to keep them from sprouting.
Slip onions into a pair of clean pantyhose for storage. Tie a knot in between each onion to separate them. This can help keep them for up to eight months.