How to Make These 8 Foods Last Longer in Your Refrigerator

Food waste is a big problem in the United States. So much food is thrown out, oftentimes because we forget about it or do not know how to store it. The list below covers foods that need a refrigerator to help you make the most of them. This information will help you keep your food longer and prevent food waste.

Fresh Herbs

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The best way to keep your herbs from spoiling quickly is to use a towel to dry them off. Then place them in a bag in the crisper drawer. Do not refrigerate basil though because it is easily damaged by the cold. Instead, stand it in water and store in a sunny area.

Yogurt

If your refrigerator is set at 39° Fahrenheit (3° or 4° Celcius), yogurt will easily last 10 to 14 days past its sell-by date. If there is some separation in the container, do not worry. Just stir it again and it will be fine.

Milk

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When buying milk, make sure you buy it right before checking out. This keeps it from sitting in the warm air for too long. At home, store it as close to the back of your fridge as possible because that is where the air is coolest. In the front and in the door, the air tends to be warmer.

Stone Fruits (Peaches, Plums, Cherries)

If the fruits are still firm, leave them on the countertop to ripen. They will never ripen if you immediately place them in the fridge. To really prolong their life, remove the pits, boil in a simple syrup, and store in an airtight container in the freezer.

Berries and Grapes

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Dry these fruits before storing them because excess moisture will promote mold growth. Pulling out the already bruised or moldy ones so the others do not grow mold as well. Store these fruits in their ventilated containers/bags in the refrigerator, and do not wash them until right before eating.

Carrots

To promote their longevity, cut the greens off the top before placing them in the fridge. Baby carrots can go anywhere on the shelf, but keep large carrots and ones with their skin away from fruits. Fruits give off ethylene as they ripen, which can make carrots bitter after exposure to it.

Leafy Greens

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Dry off your greens before storing them to prevent premature decay. Wrap them in paper towels, then in a bag, and store in the fridge. Be sure to keep them away from ethylene-producing fruits, which also includes tomatoes.

Leftovers

Make sure your cooked foods make it into the refrigerator no longer than two hours after the cooking has stopped. Store them in shallow containers that will help them cool faster, and keep them in the fridge for no longer than five days.

Conclusion

Every food calls for different conditions to help them last as long as possible before spoiling. This information will help you make the most of your food and prevent food waste at the same time.

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I love exploring, experiencing new places, and eating good food! I'm amazed every day at how well the Earth provides for us, and I want to return the favor. I hope to help others learn how we can make our world a better, cleaner place.

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