Ways to Make Your Food Last Longer

How often have you bought food and ended up throwing it away because it expired? We have collected some tips and tricks to help you extend the life of your food, especially when you are trying to make the most out of every shopping trip.

First of all, make sure your salad drawer is lined with paper towels.  This will help absorb some of the excess moisture and keep the items fresher for longer.  If you bought celery on your recent trip, simply wrap the stalks in foil before you put them in the fridge.  This will allow the celery to breathe and last longer.  When thinking of fresh herbs, treat them like a bouquet and stand them in a glass of water on the windowsill.  This stalls wilting and extends the life of the herb.  These are just a few of the ideas that we found useful from Cosmopolitan for fresh produce items. 

When extending the life of your food, don’t forget to think beyond the basics.  Did you buy a delicious rotisserie chicken for dinner but have extra meat leftover?  Pull the meat apart and use the remaining for other recipes, like salads, wraps, etc.  Taking this idea another step further, if you have enjoyed a rotisserie chicken all the way down to the bones, do not throw the carcass away!  By using the bones and a few other ingredients, Jamie Oliver shows you how you can make a homemade chicken stock to add to another recipe later.  

These are only a few ways to extend the life of your food and get the most out of your items. It takes a little effort and research, but using some of these methods will truly help you get the best bang for your buck when it comes to your grocery purchases.

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