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6 useful tips that can help us keep food fresher for longer periods of time

By Cylia Queen
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Knowing how to manage your time and take advantage of it in the best of ways is not an easy task. For many of us, we're lucky if we even manage to go to the supermarket at least once a week. If we're not able to make it at least once a week, this means that we have to try to make our groceries last as long as we possibly can. Some foods, however, aren't easy to keep fresh for very long. Luckily, there are some easy ways to keep our food fresher for longer and we couldn't be happier to share them with you!

Freeze fish and meat the right way

We've all had bad experiences with freezer burned meat, and it's not a pretty sight. It happens often when we freeze meat or fish products improperly. As a result, frost develops on the meat's surface and the meat itself becomes dehydrated and discolored. Freezing meat improperly happens in more than one way. Perhaps we didn't use the right kind of plastic bags or did not seal them properly. Other times, freezer burn happens when our freezer's temperature is either too low or is malfunctioning. 

So what can we do to keep our meat freezer-burn-free? It's sometimes as easy as buying the right type of plastic bag to put them in: freezer bags. Once sealed, they work even better if you submerge them in a container of water for a minute or two. This will create a sort of "vacuum" effect and help protect your meat from freezer burns even more.  

Strawberries

Everyone knows that strawberries have to be comsumed right away, otherwise they become covered in mold in just a matter of a couple of days. There is a way, however, to add a few more days onto their shelf life!  

Add a little bit of apple cider vinegar to a large container of water. Submerge your container of strawberries into the water and then put it in the refrigerator. You'll see that even after a few days your strawberries will still be perfectly red and delicious!  

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Bread loaves

We use store-bought bread for lots of things; we use it especially to make toast and all sorts of sandwiches. If we leave it sitting out for a few days, however, the bread begins to get moldy. To keep it from happening, try putting a celery stick inside the bread bag and keep it sealed up tighly. Your bread should still be good even after a week using this method!  

Cookies

Do your cookies (whether they're store-bought or homemade) dry up quickly? One easy trick is putting a piece of bread inside of the container you store your cookies in. After several days, your cookies should still be tasting soft and chewy and smelling super delicious. 

Milk

You open the refrigerator in the morning and pour yourself a nice glass of milk. To your dismay, it smells to high heaven and is no longer drinkable. To keep this from happening again, add a little salt to your milk jug... you'll see that your milk will stay fresher a little longer!  

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Bananas

How many times have you bought bananas that have gone bad after only a couple days? We've learned all too well that once your bananas have turned brown, they become almost impossible to eat (unless of course, you're planning on making banana bread). In any case, extending their shelf life is quite simple: Cover the top of the banana peel (the part that binds them all together) with a biodegradible bag. You'll notice within a couple days how much better they mantain their color and texture.  

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