The perks of healthy, unprocessed foods are too numerous to even list. But there are two main downsides: First, they’re often a little pricey. Second, they’re quick to go bad. To give your trash can and your wallet a break, we dug up the easiest, most effective ways to make your healthy foods last longer.
1. Freeze Your Green Juices
If your juice’s expiration date is bearing down on you, simply pop the bottle into the freezer to buy yourself some time.
2. Keep Wheat Flour in the Fridge
The wheat germ in wheat flour contains high levels of oil, which can go rancid if left at room temp. Instead, stash your flour in an airtight container in your refrigerator. An easy way to tell if it’s turned: Give it a sniff. It should smell like nothing; if you detect something bitter, toss it.
3. Hold Off on Washing Berries
Moisture encourages berries to spoil, so wait to rinse them off until just before you’re ready to chow down. Also smart: checking the berry container periodically and picking out any spoiled fruit. They’ll bring the rest of the pint down with them faster.
4. Stash Herbs in This Gadget
The Herb Savor helps keep the flavorful greens fresh for up to three weeks. Bonus: It can also be used for asparagus.
5. Tuck Root Veggies in Cloth Bags
Heat and light encourage root vegetables like onions or potatoes to sprout.
6. Paint an Avocado with Lemon Juice
Cut avocados contain an enzyme that oxidizes when exposed to air, causing it to turn brown. To halt the process, cover the cut flesh with a thin layer of lemon juice, then a sheet of plastic wrap, and stick it in the fridge.
7. Store a Paper Towel with Lettuce
The disposable cloth will absorb any moisture that forms while your greens are chilling in the fridge, keeping the leaves from wilting. The result: Your Friday salad will taste as crisp and fresh as Monday's.
8. Pour Dry Grains into Mason Jars
Grains and dry beans have a low moisture content, so their main concern isn’t necessarily going bad—it’s getting infested with bugs, rodents, and other creepy-crawlies.