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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.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

In Personal Development-speak, we are always talking about goals, outcomes, success, desires and dreams. In other words, all the stuff we want to do, achieve and create in our world.

And while it’s important for us to know what we want to achieve (our goal), it’s also important for us to understand why we want to achieve it; the reason behind the goal or some would say, our real goal.

Why is goal setting important?

1. Your needs and desire will be fulfilled.

Sometimes when we explore our “why”, (why we want to achieve a certain thing) we realize that our “what” (our goal) might not actually deliver us the thing (feeling, emotion, internal state) we’re really seeking.

For example, the person who has a goal to lose weight in the belief that weight loss will bring them happiness, security, fulfillment, attention, popularity and the partner of their dreams. In this instance, their “what” is weight-loss and their “why” is happiness (etc.) and a partner.

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Six months later, they have lost the weight (achieved their goal) but as is often the case, they’re not happier, not more secure, not more confident, not more fulfilled and in keeping with their miserable state, they have failed to attract their dream partner.

After all, who wants to be with someone who’s miserable? They achieved their practical goal but still failed to have their needs met.

So they set a goal to lose another ten pounds. And then another. And maybe just ten more. With the destructive and erroneous belief that if they can get thin enough, they’ll find their own personal nirvana. And we all know how that story ends.

2. You’ll find out what truly motivates you

The important thing in the process of constructing our best life is not necessarily what goals we set (what we think we want) but what motivates us towards those goals (what we really want).

The sooner we begin to explore, identify and understand what motivates us towards certain achievements, acquisitions or outcomes (that is, we begin moving towards greater consciousness and self awareness), the sooner we will make better decisions for our life, set more intelligent (and dare I say, enlightened) goals and experience more fulfilment and less frustration.

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We all know people who have achieved what they set out to, only to end up in the same place or worse (emotionally, psychologically, sociologically) because what they were chasing wasn’t really what they were needing.

What we think we want will rarely provide us with what we actually need.

3. Your state of mind will be a lot healthier

We all set specific goals to achieve/acquire certain things (a job, a car, a partner, a better body, a bank balance, a title, a victory) because at some level, most of us believe (consciously or not) that the achievement of those goals will bring us what we really seek; joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

Of course, setting practical, material and financial goals is an intelligent thing to do considering the world we live in and how that world works.

But setting goals with an expectation that the achievement of certain things in our external, physical world will automatically create an internal state of peace, contentment, joy and total happiness is an unhealthy and unrealistic mindset to inhabit.

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What you truly want and need

Sometimes we need to look beyond the obvious (superficial) goals to discover and secure what we really want.

Sadly, we live in a collective mindset which teaches that the prettiest and the wealthiest are the most successful.

Some self-help frauds even teach this message. If you’re rich or pretty, you’re happy. If you’re both, you’re very happy. Pretty isn’t what we really want; it’s what we believe pretty will bring us. Same goes with money.

When we cut through the hype, the jargon and the self-help mumbo jumbo, we all have the same basic goals, desires and needs:

Joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

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Nobody needs a mansion or a sport’s car but we all need love.

Nobody needs massive pecs, six percent body-fat, a face lift or bigger breasts but we all need connection, acceptance and understanding.

Nobody needs to be famous but we all need peace, calm, balance and happiness.

The problem is, we live in a culture which teaches that one equals the other. If only we lived in a culture which taught that real success is far more about what’s happening in our internal environment, than our external one.

It’s a commonly-held belief that we’re all very different and we all have different goals — whether short term or long term goals. But in many ways we’re not, and we don’t; we all want essentially the same things.

Now all you have to do is see past the fraud and deception and find the right path.

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