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Food Hacks: Stop Wasting Food!

Food waste is a real problem in our society. With the ease of finding food in shops and restaurants it can be all too easy to buy too much food for the home and end up throwing it away after a few days. 




It is important to support the world and avoid the need for an emergency all hours plumbing service to stop using the waste disposal unit and instead find ways to negate food waste in our kitchens. Today we are taking a look at the ways in which you can store food better and save it for longer.

1. Keep potatoes white


When you are preparing dishes such as hashbrowns and roast potatoes in large batches, it is a good idea to ensure that they stay white for longer. There are a few ways you can do this and one of these is to cover with cold water before cooking or storing in the fridge. You can even prepare potatoes by peeling the night before and leave them in a bowl of cold water in the fridge to stay white and fresh!

2. Slow down rotting


When storing foods such as tomatoes, rotting can be an issue which arises fairly quickly. Usually fruits like this will last for a few days before one will start to rot, and when one starts the rest will follow. To slow down this process you can store tomatoes stem down and this will keep them from rotting because it prevents air from getting into the stem end of the fruit and allowing moisture inside.

3. Give bananas a longer life


Bananas are like avocados. You can keep them in the kitchen for a week and they’ll be hard and underripe, but then a sudden moment at 3 am will come and they will be perfectly ripe before rotting by the time you notice. To avoid bananas rotting, one thing you can do is cover the stems with foil. Foil will stop hormones spreading from fruit to fruit and will also stop moisture getting inside. This should keep the bananas fresher for much longer.

4. Speed up ripening


If you are looking to speed up the ripening process this summer for a party, a simple way to do this is to place the fruit or vegetable into a paper bag and this will help promote ripening. It means you don’t need to go without guacamole at your next barbecue.

5. Stop fruit browning


If you enjoy eating fruit salads as a dessert and a lunch during the summer months, one of the things you will have to contend with is the fruit browning too quickly. One clever way to combat this is to squeeze some lemon juice over the fruit once cut, and the acid will block oxygen from coming into contact with the fruit and causing browning.

6. Check your eggs



As you may know by now, the date on food isn’t always gospel. When checking food for freshness there is a habit we have of checking the date and throwing food away without a second thought. To avoid wasting eggs, you can use a jug of cold water to test the freshness of the eggs. If the egg sinks, it’s fresh, if it floats, it’s not. Simple!

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  1. I hate to waste food! I'm always looking for new ways to keep food fresher longer. I love the aluminum foil tip. I need to try that one.

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  2. I always wondered why there was foil on top of bananas at peoples houses. Now I know. I am definitely going to start doing this because our bananas always go bad before I can finish them.

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  3. I knew the lemon juice and egg tricks. Yet, I've been watching my tomatoes and bananas rot before I get a chance to eat them. Love these hacks and plan to use them.

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  4. I am working on not wasting food. I admit, I do throw a bunch out. I will try some of these! I hate throwing money away.

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  5. These are all great tips! I especially love the one about the eggs. I never knew that. (Rena)

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  6. I really enjoyed reading this post. Thank you for sharing all of these tips. All of your tips are so helpful.

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  7. These are all good tips and important things to look out for. Since switching to compost years ago, we also produce less garbage.

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  8. These are great tips! I hate food waste and do everything I can to keep my own food waste down.

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  9. I am definitely going to start covering my bananas with foil. They always are either underripe or overripe.

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  10. Thanks for sharing these great tips, I didn't know most of them.

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  11. I hate wasting food especially during these times when it feels as if our resources are slowly becoming scarce. I really appreciate these tips! They're so useful, they also help save money!

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  12. These are really good tips! I had no idea I can prevent or speed up the ripening of some fruits.

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  13. Cathy Mini8:32 AM

    These are really helpful tips to keep fruits or food fresh. Thanks for sharing it with us very useful.

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  14. I have never heard of storing the tomato stem side down but that is awesome. I am excited to try it and see how it really works. So cool, thanks for sharing!

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  15. These are all really good tips. I hate it when food gets wasted. I try to make sure I use all ingredients in to some kind of recipe each week so that food isn't wasted.

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  16. These are some really awesome tips! I am definitely gonna try the banana tips with foil or the egg trick. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Yes wasting food is always a problem. I like your tips, yes banana is always goes bad easily. They are green and fresh while in the store, once you got home they become yellow and get black spot more often.

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  18. These are great tips! I have to bookmark and use it as a future reference! I love Avocados, but very often they go bad before I get a chance to eat them.

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