When you’re on a diet it’s hard to avoid the problems that come with keeping fresh fruits and vegetables. With a very little keep time, most of us can’t get through all of the fresh fruits and veggies before they go bad. There are ways to keep them fresher longer, and below I list some top tips to help you do just that:
1. If you bananas are very ripe, freeze them for a tasty treat.
2. Perforated plastic bags work well to ripen fruits. The bag retains the ethylene gas fruits produce to help them ripen, and the holes allow for some air movement.
3. Toss a quart or two of freshly cut fruit with the juice of half a lemon to prevent the fruit from becoming dark.
4. To get more juice from you lemons, store them whole in a close jar of water in the refrigerator.
5. If your bread becomes dry, you can bring ti back to life by wrapping it in a damp towel and placing it in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
6. Place a rib of celery in the bread bag to keep bread fresher longer.
7. Wrap crackers tightly and store in the fridge to keep them crisp even in humid weather.
8. When you cook corn, don’t add salt to the water-it makes corn tough.
9. Do you want to peel a bunch of potatoes in advance but are afraid they’ll turn black or spoil before you use them? Add a few drops of vinegar to cold water, cover your peeled spuds with it, and refrigerate, and they’ll last three to four days.
10. Re-bake leftover baked potatoes by dipping them in water for five seconds and then baking them for about 20 minutes at 35 degrees.
11. Rinse frozen vegetables with boiling-hot water before preparing them to eliminate the frozen water in which they came.
12. Get more kernels popped in your popcorn by storing it in the freezer and then pooping without thawing, or by running ice cold water over the kernels before you pop them.