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15 Simple Tips For Storing Your Produce and Keeping It Fresh

15 Simple Tips For Storing Your Produce and Keeping It Fresh

Food expenses form a major part of monthly family budgets, so it is important to buy smartly and to store them properly. If you want to reduce the food wastage, the answer is not just buying less, you also need to make sure that you store it properly. Sometimes it may be more budget friendly to buy in bulk, especially when an item is available at discount offers.

Though refrigerators have made the storage of food products much easier, you do not always need to rely on a fridge to increase the shelf span of food products. Here are some useful tips for storing foods and making sure that the food stays fresh for a long time.

1. Keep fresh produce away from gas stoves

Make sure that you do not store fruits and vegetables near a gas stove. Their natural gas can enhance the ripening of these products. The natural gas and ethylene have the same effect on the fresh food, so make sure that you keep it away from both.

2. Keep them away from heat or smoke

Do not store fresh food in an area where there is smoke or heat. Do not store it near an oven, stove or where there maybe cigarette smoke. The heat from the exhaust and combustion engines can result in quick ripening. Immature ripening decreases the lifespan of food products. They should be stored at low temperatures because cold storage is the best way of preventing the fresh products from ripening.

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3. Clean the refrigerator

One of the most important things that keep food fresh is a clean fridge. It may take time, but cleaning is something that is essential. It makes sure that the food does not get contaminated and stays fresh for a long time. If the fridge has leftover residue or any mold spores, then it can play a role in increasing the spoilage of food stored in the refrigerator.

4. Use vacuum sealer absorbers

You can get ethylene absorbers for a refrigerator. You can buy individual bags or vacuum sealers to store your fresh products. The air contains several small bacteria and other microorganisms that are responsible for spoiling the food. The vacuum sealers make sure that there is no contact of air with the product, so it is kept safe from harmful organisms.

5. Do not cut before storage

Do not cut the fruits and vegetables before storing them. Cut them right before you are going to use them. Cutting them before storing will make them go bad pretty quickly. Even if you store them properly, they will still spoil faster than the whole uncut ones.

6. Keeping herbs and green leaves fresh

The fresh herbs and leafy greens can spoil pretty quickly. Put the greens in a vase with water, like you keep fresh cut flowers. Water means life for these plants, so as long as they are getting it, they will stay fresh. Lack of water causes the leaves to wilt and change color. Leaves lose their freshness when dehydrated so keeping them in water is an excellent way of keeping the leafy greens fresh and vibrant. They will also be fresh if you bring them in water and cover the top of the plastic container and out in a refrigerator.

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Leaves lose their freshness when dehydrated, so keeping them in water is an excellent way of keeping the leafy greens fresh and vibrant.

7. Storing onions

You can store onions for up to eight months if you store them properly. You can get a pantyhose and put the onions in it. Tie the knot in between each of the onion. Just hang the onions from the ceiling of the kitchen. They will stay fresh for a long time.

8. Storing dried products

You can use a plastic water bottle to store dried and chopped green onions or chives. You can just take out some when you need them. It is easy to store and use. There is no moisture in the dried products, so they are not going to spoil by coming in contact with microorganisms in the air, so it is much easier to store them.

9. Keep the potatoes fresh

You want your potatoes to stay fresh longer and not sprout, then store them with apples. Make sure they are not near the panty-hose onions. If you store them with onions, then they will spoil quickly. But storing apples and potatoes together is a good idea.

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10. Storing chopped salad

If you have green chopped salads, then remember that moisture is your worst enemy. Try to keep the moisture to a minimum. Less moisture means that greens will last longer. Put the chopped greens in a bowl with a paper towel and wrap it with a plastic wrap. The paper towel will help in absorbing the moisture and keep them fresh for a longer time.

11. Keeping salad greens fresh

If you are storing the salad greens, then avoid putting tomatoes in it. Tomatoes have moisture so it will cause the leafy greens to rot and wilt quickly. Whenever you make, green salad always add the tomatoes just before you serve them. Use them as garnishing so that their extra moisture does not affect the freshness of other products in the salad.

12. Storing mushrooms

While storing, mushrooms make sure that there is no trapped moisture. You can use a brown paper bag to store mushrooms in. Store them in a fridge because it provides them with a cold and dry place. Avoid storing them in glass or plastic containers as these will trap in moisture.

13. Avoid overstocking

Try not to overstock the refrigerator. This leads to poor air circulation. The fresh produce needs the optimal temperature to stay useable. If there are too many products in the fridge, they will not be able to chill evenly and consistently. The fluctuation in temperature is not suitable for food storage at all, and it can harm the nutrients present in the food.

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14. Get rid of rotting fruits

One rotten fruit can make other fruits go bad as well. As soon as you see any sign of rotting, remove the fruit immediately because it can spread rapidly and spoil your whole stock

15. Meat storage

If you want to store uncooked meat for a long time, then store it in a freezer. Keep the temperature of the freezer as cold as possible. The low temperature is critical for storage of meat. It not only keeps the food fresh but also helps in retaining nutrients. While storing raw meat, always remember to keep it away from the other products so that there is no cross contamination.

Keeping the food fresh is a challenge because unprocessed food can go bad very quickly. Food wastage also means wastage of money, and you can save a lot of money by following some of the above mentioned simple tips and practices.

Featured photo credit: https://www.choice.com.au/ via choice.com.au

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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