Cooking from scratch with fresh ingredients is one of the best ways to improve your overall health, and many people also find cooking to be a meditative experience. However, it can be disheartening to see your fresh produce and kitchen creations go bad before you have a chance to use them. Check out these top four hacks to make fresh food last longer.
For pescatarians and other meat-eaters, fish is a valuable source of protein that also includes important vitamins and nutrients. It’s a fantastic alternative to red meats, which are tied to higher cholesterol and other health problems. However, many people think you must eat fish immediately, making it harder to include in one’s diet. Thankfully, that’s not true at all.
The key to preserving most kinds of fish is freezing. Wrap each portion separately in cling wrap, making sure there are several layers to the wrapping. Place the individual portions in a freezer-safe bag or container and simply put them in the fridge the day before you want to eat them to defrost.
Whether you make it yourself or buy it from the bakery, there’s nothing more wonderful than a loaf of fresh bread. However, fresh bread doesn’t keep for more than three or four days before it may start growing mold. The trick is to freeze half the loaf so you have plenty of time to enjoy the entire thing.
Like with fish, wrap half the loaf in several layers of cling wrap, then place it inside a freezer bag. To defrost, let the frozen bread sit on the counter inside the bag; letting it thaw inside the wrappings will help preserve the texture.
Many green herbs and veggies will last much longer in the refrigerator if you stand them up in a little water. For herbs, make a bouquet and put them inside a cup or mason jar with the ends in a couple of inches of water. You can do the same for some veggies, like asparagus, as long as you loosely cover the tips to prevent drying out.
The base for many soups and stews is celery, carrots, and onion—a mix of ingredients the French call mirepoix. If you’re worried about your veggies going bad before you get around to using them, just chop them up into mirepoix and store in the freezer. When you’re ready to cook with the mixture, just throw everything in while still frozen. It provides a fantastic taste and saves you from waste :)
Hopefully, these tips for making fresh food last longer help you get the most out of your groceries. Remember to keep up with refrigerator maintenance to ensure your appliances allow these ideas to work properly. With a little creativity, you can avoid waste and make sure you enjoy everything you bring into the kitchen.
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