Are you always pulling out stale and putrid cauliflowers, half rotten tomatoes, shriveled cucumbers and wrinkled brinjals from the refrigerator? Are you always at sea about storage of the valuable foreign cheese that was gifted by a friend? Do you wonder why the woman next door manages to keep her veggies fresh while yours die on you? Well, here is the secret of her fresh ideas. All you needed to know about storing.
- A pinch of corn flour added to the jar of salt will prevent it from getting damp.
- Leafy vegetables will remain fresh longer if wrapped in a newspaper and stored.
- To preserved coriander leaves or curry leaves, keep them in a muslin cloth bag in the refrigerator. They will remain fresh for a longer time without getting discoloured.
- A bay leaf added to the flour container will keep the flour free from moisture.
- To store tomatoes longer, place them in the chiller tray. They will freeze partially and last longer.
- To keep button mushrooms fresh, drop them into hot, boiling water to which a pinch of salt has been added. Take them out after a minute, drain, cool and store in a plastic, airtight container.
- Refrigerate mushrooms and eggplants in paper rather than plastic bags to keep them from developing soft and slimy spots.
- To keep herbs fresh, remember that they like carbon di-oxide. So, put them in plastic bags, blow as if it were a balloon and seal tight.
- When using only part of a cucumber, tomato or apple, place the remainder unpeeled and cut, side down on a flat, opaque plate. Clear glass exposes the food to light.
- To keep cheddar, swiss or any other firm cheese from drying, rub soft butter over the cut surfaces and then store in plastic, in the fridge.
- Wash and dry salad greens like lettuce. Roll gently in paper towels, dampen the towels slightly, and seal in plastic bags and then store in the refrigerator.
- If you store tea leaves for over a month, heat them in an oven at 180 degree Celsius for 10 minutes before filling them into an airtight container. This will keep the leaves fresh.
- Sprinkle a little chilli powder and asafetida on ‘papads’ while storing them, to keep ants and insects away.
- Green chillies can be preserved up to a month by refrigerating them in thick plastic bags with a small hole punched into it.
- Fried ‘papads’, chips and biscuits can be kept fresh for a long time by keeping in polythene bags and storing in the fridge.
- Fruits are expensive and one hates to throw away any of them. To increase the shelf life of fruits, refrigerate them in open containers instead of polythene bags.
- Soggy and damp salt is a common phenomenon during the monsoon months. A few grains of rice added to salt container will keep the salt dry and smooth flowing.
- Green chillies and coriander leaves tend to dry up when stored in the fridge. The coriander leaves sometimes rot and a lot of it has to be thrown away. This can be prevented quite easily if you store coriander leaves and green chillies in paper bags or glass jars in the fridge. They will keep them fresh for a longer time.
- Another way to store green chillies longer is to pinch off their stems.
- To prevent refined flour from getting spoiled, store it in the refrigerator.
- Paneer is every vegetarian’s delight but it is difficult to keep it in a fresh condition for a long time. To keep ‘paneer’ soft for a longer period, keep it in vinegar, tie a piece of muslin to the mouth of the container.
- To increase the shelf life of ‘paneer’, store in polythene bags smeared with vinegar.
- Here is an interesting way to use up the match matchboxes. To preserve rice and wheat, place empty matchboxes in the container.
- One can save on time by making a quantity of ginger garlic paste to be used whenever required. To preserve ginger garlic paste, fry ginger and garlic in oil before grinding and store in the same oil.
- Some green vegetables dry up fast and ladyfinger is one such vegetable. To keep ladyfingers fresh for a long time, apply a little mustard oil on them.
- When the fridge is fully stacked, it is difficult to rummage through the lot to hunt out the required item. To find the required stuff easily, store different foods in different coloured plastic bags e.g Fish in red, meat in yellow, vegetables in green and so on, for easy identification.
- To store chilli powder for a longer duration, keep a piece of asafetida in the container.
- The shelf life of spices like cinnamon, cloves and black pepper can be increased when stored together in an airtight container.
- To prevent the bread from getting spoilt, store it in the fridge along with a few pieces of potatoes.
- To preserve the aroma of coffee powder, keep it in an airtight container and store it in the fridge.
- Dry fruits are expensive and no one likes to have them spoilt. To preserve dry fruits, add a couple of cloves to the container.
- Store tomatoes in deep freezer to keep the4m fresh for months. To keep ginger fresh, dig a hole in the garden and bury the ginger pieces. They can also be put in a flowerpot.
- While storing camphor, add a few peppercorns. Camphor can be stored for a long period in this manner.
- Wrap sweet limes and oranges in brown paper bags and store in the fridge to keep them fresh for 15-20 days.
- Coffee powder and coffee beas will retain their flavour for long if you store them in an airtight container in the fridge.
- Eggs can be preserved for a longer duration if they are washed and put slowly in a container full of limewater or mustard oil.
- Put 2 or 3 peppercorns in you honey jar. It is a god preservative and also keeps the ants away.
- Most of the working women do not have time to go vegetable shopping every day. They generally buy the work’s requirements and store in the fridge. Often it is observed that many vegetables become stale and dry and have to be thrown. Vegetables will remain fresh for a long time if soaked for about 10 minutes in cold water to which a teaspoon of vinegar has been added. After the vegetables are slightly dry, they can be stacked in the fridge.
- Use cellophane tape to steal the cracks in eggs. They will stay as fresh and for as long as the uncracked ones.
- If you wish to retain the freshness of asafetida, pound it with an equal amount of common salt and store.
- Tired of soggy biscuits? Here is an easy method to take care of your problem. Place a sugar cube in the biscuit box to keep the biscuits crisp.
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