Save Food With These Tips


I read somewhere that Americans throw away about 21% of their food. That’s a lot of waste! Here are some tips on how you can keep food fresh longer and preserve some popular grocery items.

  1. AVOCADOS: I learned many years ago to never put an unripe avocado in the refrigerator. Once ripened, put it in your vegetable bin and it should stay fresh for approximately two weeks. Once opened and halved you can throw the pit away because it is a fallacy that it will prevent browning. Or, you can save the pit for your children or grandchildren and plant it. They can have their own little garden in their bedroom over the winter! Research how to grown an avocado on search sites such as Google, and it will list many sites you can visit. Now put lemon juice or a think layer of mayonnaise on the exposed avocado half and cover with plastic wrap or place in a tight container with a piece of cut up onion! The sulfur in the onion works as a preservative.
  2. BAGELS: They last in the freezer for about 2 months. Cut them in half (I have a great bagel slicer) and wrap in a plastic wrap. Don’t microwave a bagel when it is time to defrost. Microwaving will dehydrate your bagel.
  3. BANANAS: Always a problem for me because my husband likes to eat a firm banana. Here is the trick: Put a ripe banana in a plastic bag and keep in your refrigerator fruit bin. The peel will turn black (so don’t get alarmed!) but your banana will be fine for several days! To save a ripened banana, freeze it in plastic wrap and add to a smoothie! My husband never knows the difference.
  4. BEER: I overheard that the way to preserve the flavor of beer is to keep the bottles or cans upright. Never place on their sides because it will deplete the beer of its flavor.
  5. COCONUT: To revive shredded coconut that is dry, soak it in whole milk for about 30 minutes. Spread it out on paper towel and pat dry. Save the flavored whole milk for a smoothie!
  6. CORN: Freeze corn with the husks on. The corn will stay fresh for up to six months. When you are ready to munch down, first put the frozen corn in microwave with the husks on and zap for about four minutes.
  7. COTTAGE CHEESE: After opening store in the refrigerator upside down. You create a vacuum eliminating most of the oxygen layer and preventing bacteria from proliferating. This will allow your cottage cheese to last an extra week.
  8. LETTUCE, CARROTS, CELERY: Place the limp veggies in very cold water with a few slices of raw potato and they will crisp up!! It is magic.
  9. EGGS: Keep the eggs in their original container. If you are vacationing, coat the eggshell with vegetable oil to make them last!
  10. POTATOES: Keep them in a paper bag. 
  11. CREAM: You can freeze cream in an ice cube tray and use a cube a day in your coffee! Or, add a teaspoon of baking soda to the container. It does not effect the taste of the cream.
  12. FLOUR: Wheat flour will last over a year (15 months) if you keep it in an airtight container and in a cool place. Whole-grain flour will last 3 to 4 months.  You  can freeze your flour and thaw.