Are you sure you know the right place to store every food? The inevitable trip to the supermarket is always followed up by storing the purchased goodies so they can last longer (and also to delay the next trip.)
But any food that’s not stored properly will decrease in nutritional value, taste, and shelf life. Even worse, consuming damaged products have zero benefits and can result in many health problems. Not to mention the waste of time and money.
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#1 – Flour
Flour is an important element on most grocery lists, but many people let it go to waste due to wrong storage and end up buying it more than they normally should.
Well, if you tend to leave flour in its paper package and place it directly in the cabinet, you shouldn’t be surprised when its shelf life shortens and you have to buy it again.
To avoid this struggle, make sure to store white flour in an airtight container in a dry, cool place. The same thing applies to whole wheat and nut flours only the container should better be kept in the refrigerator/freezer.
Avoid storing nut or whole wheat flour at room temperature if you want it to last longer and make sure to use the flour within a few months from the opening day.
#2 – Bread
If you’re storing your bread (be it white, wheat, or multigrain) in the refrigerator, then you need to stop doing it. Wheat flour bread is loaded with granules of starch, which breaks down when it’s exposed to moisture. This is what leaves you with dry bread sooner than you expect.
You should always store bread in a dry, cool place away from sunlight. You can use a breadbox on the counter and place it cut-side down to prevent quick dryness. If you live in a high-humidity area, it’s best to avoid storing bread overnight and buy it fresh each time.
#3 – Potatoes
Almost all of us buy large quantities of potatoes since they’re versatile and everybody enjoys them. But storing this veggie in the wrong place will make it sprout and go uneatable quickly.
To enjoy your potatoes longer, keep them away from the refrigerator, direct sunlight, and warm spots (e.g. above the oven or under the sink,) these places can promote the growth of toxins and put your health at risk.
Also, never put small-sized potatoes next to pears and apples, as they can rub away the earthy taste. The ideal place to store potatoes should be dark and cool, such as a pantry.
#4 – Basil
We all love to use fresh basil in cooking, mainly for its lovely aroma. Although storing it in the refrigerator seems perfect to preserve its taste and texture, resist the temptation because the cold temperature ruins its leaves, making them dark in a couple of days.
Ideally, basil should be stored in a cool, humid place, so you can use a paper towel to wrap the stems and seal it in a plastic bag, then store it safely in the least cool area of the refrigerator like the door or crisper drawer.
Another way is to trim the basil’s stems and place it in a jar of water where the sun can reach it.
#5 – Nuts
You’re probably storing nuts, such as walnuts, cashew, and almonds, wrong as well. Some of them are not cheap so you want to make sure you’re storing them correctly.
As soon as you unpack your grocery bags, place nuts in an airtight container or sealable bag and store it in the refrigerator to keep them fresh and make them last for more than a year.
With this in mind, avoid keeping your nuts at room temperature. Why? Their oil content will make them develop a sharply bitter taste or spoil faster.
#6 – Onions, Garlic, and Shallots
Onions, garlic, and shallots are some of the most commonly used alliums in cooking. If you end up throwing away more than you consume, chances are, you’re storing them wrong.
These foods rot when exposed to moisture and cold, so keep them away from the refrigerator. Also, don’t place your onions and garlic next to ripening fruits as the latter will suffer from the powerful sulfur compounds.
It’s best to store onions, garlic, and shallots in ventilated baskets in a dry, warm place such as the countertop.
#7 – Coffee Beans and Grounds
If you’re like me, a cup of coffee must be an essential part of your morning routine. To keep your coffee amazing, you need to store beans and grounds the right way, which is inside an airtight container and away from heat.
It’s best to avoid the refrigerator as well, especially if you use your coffee on a daily basis. The sudden change of temperature every day can negatively impact the rich flavor.
Plus, coffee beans can absorb moisture due to their hygroscopic nature, which can ruin the flavor and aroma. So an airtight container is ideal to lock out the moisture and preserve your precious coffee.
#8 – Wine
To enjoy the original great taste of your wine bottle, you should better store it properly. If the bottle has a cork, place it on the side to keep the cork moist and prevent early spoilage.
The wine rack should never be exposed to direct sunlight or be placed on top of the refrigerator. Simply choose a cool dark spot. And once you open the wine bottle, don’t leave it in the refrigerator for too long and drink it up within a few days.
#9 – Condiments
We tend to use ketchup, mayo, and mustard very often, but you should never place any condiment in the pantry or on the counter for a long period of time because they’ll quickly lose their flavor.
Once you open the condiment bottle, store it in the refrigerator. The cold temperature will help increase its shelf life as well as keep it fresh and flavorful.
#10 – Medication
I know this isn’t food, but it’s edible and many people tend to store it wrong. This is dangerous because medicine can have severe effects on your health.
If you keep your medications in a cabinet in the bathroom, you should know that the lights above the medicine cabinet or the steamy shower will only damage your medicine, thus making it less effective and riskier.
It’s best to store it in a dark, cool spot like a dresser drawer or kitchen cabinet and keep it away from light, moisture, cold, and heat.
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