Tips To Store Food And Cut Down On Waste
It is frustrating when you end up having to throw soggy salad leaves or unused meat from your fridge or larder.
Here are some tips to help you store food better and hopefully save some money.
#1. How To Avoid Meat Freezer Burn
Freezer burn is when your meat gets encased in ice crystals and becomes inedible when defrosted. To avoid meat being ruined by freezer burn, create a DIY vacuum seal in your freezer bag using either the Water Trick or the Straw Trick.
You’ll need a sealable freezer bag and either a straw or a bowl of water.
The Water Trick
Submerge the bag with your ingredients in water. The pressure from the liquid will push the air out of the bag and make the plastic fit to the shape of the items inside. Just ensure no water gets into the bag while you are submerging it, and dry the bag off before you put it in the freezer.
The Straw Trick
Press as much air as possible out of the bag by hand, then put a straw into the corner of the bag, seal the bag around it, suck out the air from the straw until the bag collapses around the meat. Then pull out the straw and finish sealing the bag.
#2. How To Stop Berries Going Off In The Fridge
Berries are our breakfast fruit of choice in our house and we go through a few packs of blueberries, raspberries and strawberries when they are in season. But it’s frustrating when the berries start to go off.
Before you put them in the fridge, make a bowl up with a solution of water and apple cider vinegar, 1 part vinegar to 8 parts water. Put the berries in the bowl and then rinse in a colander or sieve.
Pat the berries dry before putting them back into the container they came from, the containers usually have holes which help keep air circulating around the berries in your fridge. Some people recommend putting paper towels into the berry container first.