Is making your food last longer without preservatives a concern of yours? I share with you tested tips to make your food last longer without preservatives.
Preservatives pose health risks because they are used in large amounts in processed foods. The most familiar preservatives used are salt and sugar or sugar-related additives that if consumed regularly result in conditions such as high blood pressure. Other preservatives used to keep food for longer are chemicals manufactured in laboratories whose names we cannot pronounce.
There are occasions when I have had an abundance of food and even after sharing with friends, family and neighbors I still had more than enough and my household of three and a half had to compete with the food to ensure it was consumed before it was no longer edible.
If you are like me then you know how awful it feels to throw food away when there are millions of people who go hungry every day. Such are the times I have wondered if there are ways to keep the food longer. These are some of the ways I have discovered of making food last longer without preservatives and saving money in the process.
How to make food last longer without preservatives.
To keep green bananas longer, that is, to prevent them from ripening if you are only interested in cooking them; place them in an airtight container and place them in the refrigerator drawer.
Slow down the ripe bananas browning process by wrapping the stem in a polyethylene wrap.
Ripe banana halved with peel on
Cover the visible flesh in aluminum foil and store it on the refrigerator shelf. It will keep for one to two days.
Once they are ripe, keep them on the fridge door compartment or shelf preferably the higher up the better. Do not wrap them. Avocados stored this way will stay fresh for four days.
Ripe avocado halved
Squeeze lemon juice on the avocado flesh, and keep in an airtight container and store it on the refrigerator shelf. It will stay fresh for one day.
Citrus fruits (oranges, tangerines, lemons, lime)
Store in the refrigerator shelf or drawer unwrapped. They will keep for two weeks.
Store berries in an uncovered container or an aerated container on the refrigerator shelf. They will keep for three to five days.
Store in a perforated container in the refrigerator drawer; they will stay fresh for one to two weeks.
Bell pepper (capsicum)
Clean bell pepper and dry them then place them on the higher side of the refrigerator door. Ensure your fridge is at maximum or near maximum. They will stay fresh for one week.
Store in a refrigerator shelf unwrapped; it will keep for one month.
Store in a dark pantry in a paper bag; they will stay fresh for one month.
Store in a dark pantry in a paper bag; they will stay fresh for two weeks.
Store in a paper bag on a refrigerator shelf; they will keep for three days.
Wash a bunch of coriander, let the water dry, cut the roots out and place it in an airtight container without folding it too much.
Wash the onions, dry off the water, cut out the roots from the onions and cut a section of the leaves so that they fit in the container that will store them. It must be an air tight container. See Table for 2…or more for directions.
Dry herbs and spices to make them last longer. Here is a resource on how to dry basil and other herbs Love to be in the kitchen.
For a must-have guide on storing food visit iCraftopia.
Note: The fresher the produce when you buy or harvest the longer it will stay fresh after proper storage.
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