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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 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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