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6 Creative Ways to Help your Food Last Long

6 Creative Ways to Help your Food Last Long

All foods are perishable, and you may find it difficult to use the food before it spoils. There is so much food wastage because people fail to use all the food before it goes bad. It also results in wastage of money. You can reduce the food spoilage and save money by being smart. You just need to follow some simple tips to make sure that the lifespan of food products is increased.

Here are some easy tricks which are highly helpful:

1. Vegetable Sacks

You do not need to store all of the vegetables in a refrigerator to keep them fresh. Vegetables such as onions, garlic, shallots, potatoes, etc. should not be kept in the fridge. If you keep them in the refrigerator, they will spoil faster. Most of the root vegetables last longer if you keep them in a dry place. Most of the households do not have root cellars, so the best alternate option is to keep them in vegetable sacks. It will keep them away from light and cold, and there will be no sprouting.

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2. Using Pop Containers

Try not to leave half-empty boxes of cereal and other dry foods. This can make them stale and they will become tasteless. They will become inedible if they are just left in empty boxes. You can stop these snacks or pasta from becoming stale by putting the dry fruits in air-tight containers after you open the original packaging. You can also recycle the bottles of pasta sauce as another container for storing dry foods safely.

3. Cheese Keeper

It is not easy to keep cheese fresh. If it does not develop mold, it can become mushy and dry out. It will lose its taste and nutrition, and it becomes totally unappetizing. You can keep the cheese fresh by keeping it in the cheese keeper. It helps in regulating the levels of humidity that surround the cheese.

Keeping control over humidity levels is vital for the freshness of cheese. There will be no mold and the cheese will not dry out. If you cannot afford to buy a cheese keeper, you should wrap it securely in wax paper before putting it in the fridge so that it can breathe without allowing moisture to get into the cheese.

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4. Vacuum Sealer

It is an incredibly useful tool for keeping the food fresh. By touching just a single button, the machine helps in sealing food in a vacuum bag which is air-tight. You can store the food in a refrigerator or put in the freezer after stored in vacuum bags. You can use the machine to store left-overs. You can use the best vacuum sealer for storing sauces and keeping them fresh for months.

The device is a little expensive so you can use alternative ways to achieve the same effect. It is not possible to create the exact effect of the sealers, but you can seal the food by using a straw in a plastic bag.

5. Produce Savers

There are several fruits and vegetables which produce ethylene gas as they become ripe. The gas causes the fresh fruit to spoil very quickly. To make sure that the fresh produce lasts longer you can use the food savers. It can absorb the extra humidity and ethylene gas which results in increasing the shelf life of the food.

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6. Herb Keeper

Keeping the herbs fresh for a long time is not an easy task. They can spoil very quickly. The fresh herbs need a constant supply of water so that they can retain their texture and flavor for a long time. The herb keeper can keep herbs fresh by keeping them straight with their stems dipped in water, so they stay hydrated. You can get out it in the catering fridge as well. While storing basil, cilantro, and parsley, you need to trim the stems before putting them in the herb keeper.

You can save non-leafy herbs like thyme, sage, etc. by putting them in a moist towel and store it in a shopping bag which is reusable and put it in the fridge.

These are some of the simple ways of making sure that there is no wastage of food products.

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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