We’re all spending more than ever on food, yet we’re wasting more than ever too, especially the fresh stuff. So, whilst planning meals and sticking to a shopping list can indeed help you reduce waste, what else can you do to make your groceries go further?
Getting portions right will certainly help make the most of what you buy, but let’s be honest, that’s not always easily done. You may pickle your vegs, make fruit preserves or chutney, but if you’ve blitzed enough tomatoes to make sauces and find your larder is getting full of jars already, here are a few tips to help keep your groceries for longer…
- Chop up your fresh herbs such as parsley and chives and keep them in the fridge in a sealed empty jar for extended freshness
- One rotten fruit can spoil an entire bunch, so the second you see one going off, be sure to throw it away not to spoil the others
- Wash your lettuce leaves and remove excess water before storing them in an airtight container in the fridge
- Store asparagus like you would keep fresh cut flowers, upright and in a little water in a glass or a jar
- Keep your potatoes and onions in a paper bag or a jute/hessian bag, in a cool dark cupboard, they will last longer. But never store them together!
- Mushrooms should never be stored in plastic. Instead, place them into a brown paper bag or a cardboard box
- Say goodbye to mouldy bread by freezing your sliced loaf and toast straight from the freezer in the morning. This may work better with certain breads as some can become sticky, so try it first with a few slices – and if you find your slices stick to one another, place some cling film in between each slice
- If you’ve used up only half an avocado, sprinkle some lemon juice over the other half making sure you leave the stone in and put it in an airtight container or sandwich bag, it will delay it turning brown.
Do you have other clever tricks to share on making your groceries last longer?