Americans throw away 40% of their food every year, according to a study by Natural Resources Defense Council. Knowing how to preserve your food can help space out your grocery shopping trips and save the medical costs from food-related illness. Here are some quick, simple tips to keep your food safe for longer:
- Look at the perishable foods you have before making a shopping list
- Prefer the closer groceries stores
- During your shopping trip, put raw meat in a plastic bag and separate from other foods in the cart. Also, pick up dairy, eggs and meat last so they can stay cold for longer
- Look for and avoid dents and bulged or crack lids on food cans and jars
- Store ripe fruit and produce in the fridge instead of having them out in the kitchen
- Place items with earlier expiration dates in front in the fridge or pantry so you will use them first
- Wash produce before using
- Refrigerate perishable leftovers within two hours.
(See our other tips to save on food costs here.)
Do you have other food preserving tips to share?