Modern people usually follow a fast-paced lifestyle that doesn’t allow them to shop groceries on a daily basis. This is the reason why they buy more items than they need at the moment even though in many cases this means that they will have to throw away some of the groceries they buy. Obviously, this is not a very smart decision especially when it comes to finances.
But, it turns out that there is a simple solution for this problem. With the tips you will read in this article, you will be able to keep all the groceries fresh for a longer period of time.
To start with, you will have to check for signs that some groceries are getting spoiled. For instance, the green sprouts found on garlic or patches of mold on onions are clear signs that they are turning bad. Although these signs also mean that they are ready to be planted, most people are not planning to plant their groceries. So, let’s see how we can extend shelf life of groceries like this.
Here’s What You Will Need:
- Brown paper bags;
- Ripe and strong onions and garlic free of blemishes;
- Hole punch;
- Paper clips.
- Start by punching the bags. You can punch holes wherever you want even though it would be better to focus on the upper part of the bag.
- After that, fold the bad a few times in any direction and punch rows of holes. It is the best idea to punch them after one inch of free space.
- Finally, load the bag with onions or garlic, fold it again and label it.
- In this way, the bag will be able to keep the content fresh for a much longer period of time because the holes will provide better air circulation. Keep in mind that the bags should not be completely filled with produce. In addition, store them in a regular way.
- If you want to get the best results, you should pay more attention on the level of light, temperature and humidity in the place where you keep these groceries.
- Don’t keep the onions and garlic in the refrigerator. Use a dark and dry place for storage like your basement or pantry. The reason why you should avoid your fridge as a storage space is simple – the low temperature will make these veggies softer. In addition, when they are softer they release more smell and the rest of the food stored in the refrigerator will absorb this smell and as we all know the smell is sometimes unbearable.
- Avoid closed plastic bags. These bags accelerate sprouting because the veggies don’t have access to fresh air. You should use a plastic bag or an open paper bag.
- Do not keep the garlic and onions together with potatoes because the gases they produce will speed up the process of decaying. So, don’t put these foods in the same bag or drawer.