Reducing waste and saving pennies are high on most people’s agendas at the moment.
Washing your berries in vinegar and storing onions in a pair of tights are just some of the tricks that could help your food last much longer.
That’s according to the money-saving team at promotionalcodes.org.uk who have revealed their top 15 tips to increase the shelf life of your groceries and avoid food waste.
Suggestions include clever tricks such as spraying lemon juice on avocados to stop them from going brown and freezing fresh herbs with olive oil in an ice cube tray.
Simple solutions like learning how to store vegetables to stop them from wilting too early and keeping apples and potatoes together to keep them fresh are also included in the list.
Darren Williams from promotionalcodes.org.uk said: “There are lots of simple tricks and hacks you can do to make food last longer and therefore save money.
“Brits throw away food on such a regular basis and many don’t realise just how much money they are quite literally chucking in the bin.
“That’s why we compiled these simple tips so you can make sure everything you buy lasts as long as possible.
“Even little things such as cleaning your fridge regularly and using porous paper for cheese could make a big difference.”
- . Bananas produce a lot of ethylene gas so keep away from other fruit to stop them from spoiling. Also wrap the crown of a bunch of bananas in cling film or plastic wrap as a way of making them last longer.
- . Dry foods such as rice and pasta need to be kept in air tight containers such as jars or plastic boxes as a way of preventing not only air from getting in but also any tiny mites or insects that could be around.
- . Simply mix one part distilled vinegar with 10 parts water and wash your berries in the solution. It’s diluted enough that you can’t taste the vinegar and can make strawberries last up to two weeks longer.
- . Everyone seems to have a different place where they keep fresh ginger but the best spot is definitely the freezer. Not only will it last much longer but it makes it easier to grate and peel as well.
- . It may sound strange but grab a pair of tights you no longer use, the thinner the better, and fill with onions. Tie a knot between each onion and suspend in a cool dry place and they can last up to eight months longer.
- . Trim the ends of your asparagus like you would before putting flowers in a vase. Then pop them in a jar along with some water and loosely wrap a plastic bag over the top before placing in the fridge.
- . If you have fresh herbs you don’t want to spoil, try popping them in an ice cube tray along with some olive oil and then freezing. Then whenever you want to make a meal using that herb you can simply melt the cube.
- . Make it a habit to disinfect and clean out your fridge/cupboard as often as possible, especially if something has gone bad in there. Bacteria will always linger unless properly cleaned with the correct cleaning solutions.
- . Cheese lasts much longer when it’s allowed to breathe so avoid any plastic wrap or tin foil. Cheese paper is available but if you have any baking parchment lying around that will also work.
- . After you’ve washed your lettuce make sure it is as dry as possible as water will make it wilt. In addition, place a paper towel in the container with your lettuce to absorb any water in there.
- . Celery and broccoli will last longer if wrapped in foil and kept in the fridge. The trick can make your favourite vegetables last up to a month longer than usual.
- . Once opened, maple syrup will begin to crystalise and can spoil within a matter of months. If you only use it sparingly try putting it in the freezer, the high sugar content means it won’t freeze and can therefore be used time and time again.
- . If you have a loaf of bread that’s gone stale don’t throw it away. Rub the loaf with an ice cube and then pop in the oven for around 12 minutes. The bread will return to its former glory in no time.
- . It may sound like a strange combination but storing apples with your potatoes can help them last up to eight weeks longer. The ethylene gas produced by the apples prevents the potatoes from going bad.
- . It’s difficult to stop oxidation causing avocados to brown quickly but one method is to use a light layer of lemon juice on your avocado or guacamole to stop it from spoiling so quickly.