My Tips

  • Unless you live in a dry climate: Store cereal, crackers, ice cream cones, chips, and the like, in the refrigerator or freezer. You will be amazed at how many weeks they will stay perfectly crisp.
    • I also put fresh bread directly into the freezer and it stays perfectly fresh for an indefinite amount of time: – Open the package of bread and make sure the slices aren’t stuck together. Don’t wrap the bag up tightly as you want the slices to stay separated. Keep the bread in its original packaging, and store in the freezer. Slices can be taken out and defrost quickly on the counter.
  • Cooks Illustrated had a great tip to lengthen the life of cheese once opened from the package. Wrap the cheese in parchment paper and then wrap the parchment paper in tin foil. The paper absorbs the excess moisture and the foil prevents it from drying out too much. You can purchase cheese bags that work great, but this is a less expensive alternative.
  • Keep celery super crisp and perfectly fresh for weeks by keeping the stalks submerged in water in a covered container in your fridge.
  • Keep nuts fresh in the freezer. They will last indefinitely and are ready to eat without being thawed. Keep your natural peanut butter refrigerated as well. Stir it first, to incorporate the oil, and then refrigerate. The oil will not separate out again as long as it is refrigerated. I like Costco organic peanut butter as it stays spreadable even when refrigerated, while some other brands become hard as a rock.
  • Store asparagus, fresh herbs, and green onions as you would flowers in a vase. Fill the cup or vase until the ends are about an inch under water and loosely cover the tops of the greens with a plastic bag; place in the fridge. The green onions can be left out by the window but will continue to grow.
  • My new favorite oil: Red Palm Oil, a natural “superfood” purportedly a healthier alternative to coconut oil. Check out the details at Nutiva.com (the brand I purchase). Try using it to make popcorn. See this article about all the health benefits.
  • Store bacon in the freezer – Place slices of bacon in between pieces of parchment paper, and store in resealable freezer bags. They are easy to chop up right out of the freezer but also thaw quickly if you want to cook them whole.
  • Keep strawberries and blueberries fresh and at their best : Mix 3 cups water and 1 cup white vinegar in a large bowl. Add the berries and swirl around. Allow them to sit for a minute or two. Drain and rinse well. Pat dry, or lay them on a paper towel to blot off excess moisture. Store them in a paper towel lined jar with the lid ajar.
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