Monday, January 9, 2012

Shelf life

I've been working on a post for several days, which is why my blog has been blank since last week. But I came across a site today that I thought was so helpful and wanted to pass it on. But first, I wanted to share a few things I learned from the site...

Did you know that you should always hold off on washing grapes until you’re ready to eat them?
According to the California Table Grape Commission, the reason is that the excess moisture created by washing speeds up the grapes' decay. To keep grapes at their freshest, store them unwashed in a plastic bag in the refrigeratorAs noted here, fresh grapes usually keep well for up to a week in the fridge; you can also freeze grapes for future snacking or use in cooking. (I had no idea you could freeze grapes. How did I not know this??)
Quick tips:
Store tomatoes at room temperature
For maximum flavor and juiciness, keep them out of the refrigerator until they're full ripe. (This is really helpful, I always keep mine in the fridge)
Freeze whole lemons and limes
An easy way to ensure you've always got fresh lemon and lime juice on hand when you need it.
Don't store eggs and milk on the fridge door
For maximum freshness, move past the door and keep eggs and milk in the main compartment of the fridge.
Don't store potatoes near onions
They should only come together when you're ready to cook them. 
Here are a list of foods that are surprisingly freezable:
Opened wine
Brown rice (uncooked)
Fresh herbs
Tomato paste
Bread (I freeze my homemade bread frequently and freezing works well)
Maple syrup (100% pure)
All of this comes from a handy site called your ultimate shelf life guide. It has just about every food you can think of, how long it stays good in the fridge and in the freezer, and other good information too! Check it out!
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