You already know that organic foods are better for you, taste fresher and just makes your insides happy. 😊
Unfortunately, there are some drawbacks to switching to an all-organic diet.
Processed foods come with numerous disadvantages, but they are known to last longer than organic foods.
They are filled with shelf life extending preservatives and additives which is kind of disgusting when you think about it. 🤢
Of course, many want to get away from eating these unnatural chemicals and I do not blame them.
I sure did.
The Issue At Hand: Keeping Your Organic Foods Fresher Longer
Since organic foods do not have the preservatives found in most other foods, they tend to spoil much faster.
You can lose a lot of food and money if you don’t eat them right away.
Unfortunately, you can’t always eat the food you buy in a timely manner since some nights you may eat out🍱 and other nights you might have leftovers.
Because of this, your organic foods may not always be eaten within a few days of purchase.
If at all possible, it is best to buy a little at a time.
This will allow you to eat everything you purchase in a timely manner before it spoils.
Since we all have busy schedules, this may not always be possible.
In addition to that, some of us may live far away from organic food sources to be able to pop in and out of the market at will.
Fortunately, there are some ways to keep your organic foods fresher longer.
Check out these tips for preserving your organic fruits,🍏🍎🍇🍓🍊🍋🍈🥝🍒🍑 vegetables,🍅🍆🥦🥒🥕🌽🥕 meats,🍗🍖🥩 and grains below.👇🏾
1. Keep Your Food Cold❄️
Cold temperatures are one of the best ways to preserve fresh foods.
Try not to freeze them though.
I do that more times than I can count.
I would go into the fridge pull out my cucumbers🥒 and they would be half frozen.🤦🏾♀️
Set your refrigerator between 38-40 degrees Fahrenheit.
This temperature will ensure that your organic foods are kept as cold and fresh as possible without freezing over.
2. Be Mindful of Expiration Dates📆
On some foods, you can safely ignore these dates, but when it comes to organic foods, you should always pay attention.
Expiration dates will help you plan your weekly meals accordingly.
When you know exactly how many days you have until something spoils, you’re more likely to be on top of cooking and preparation.
Always pay attention to expiration dates. 📅
If that expiration date arrives, be sure to throw away🗑️ that food item.
Getting sick🤧😷🤒 due to eating something that expired is not a fun ordeal and…
Who Has Time For That?🤷🏾♀️
If you think you will not be able to eat or cook that item before its expiration date, then I recommend freezing❄️ it right away.
It’s not worth getting sick over it.
3. Wipe Down Fruits and Veggies Before Storage🍏🍊🍅🥦🍋🥒🥕🥝🍒
Always wash and wipe fruits and vegetables before storing to prevent moisture build-up.
Fruits and vegetables naturally give off a gas, ethylene, when they ripen.
Over time, this gas causes them to become riper and riper until they eventually spoil.
When you add moisture into the mix, things like mildew and mold can grow on the fruits🍎🍏 and vegetables🥕🥒🥦 making them dangerous to eat.
To avoid this, wipe down your fruits and veggies, store them apart from each other and try not to use plastic bags which can promote condensation.
When I wash my fruits and vegetables I use an organic veggie wash.
To store my vegetables in the fridge, I would use reusable produce bags.
4. Refrigerate Your Meats Differently❄️🥩🍖🍗
Depending upon the kind of meat you buy and when you’ll be using it, how you store your meat may vary.
For fresh meats, you intend to use within two days, refrigerate between 38 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you are going to freeze❄️ your meat for a later date, be sure to wrap it in freezer paper, foil, a zip lock gallon size baggie or leave it in its original packaging.
Some meats like smoked bacon🥓 and ham can simply be wrapped up in a vinegar-soaked cloth.
For meats, you’ve already cooked, allow them to cool completely before placing them in a container in the fridge to ensure freshness.
5. You Have Some Options When It Comes to Grains🍞🥖🥐
Dry whole grains, such as cereal and bread, must be stored in different ways depending upon their needs.
For example, bread should be stored in a cool, dry place like a cupboard or a breadbox.
You can also freeze bread you do not use in the next few days.
I use Ezekiel bread and that is usually found in the freezer aisle.
Always keep a lookout for mold and mildew if you store bread near a moist location.
For cereals, always close the inner bag of the cereal box to keep it fresh.
Leaving it open, exposed to the air can cause it to become stale.
And who wants stale cereal?
Lastly, for things like cookies🍪 and cakes,🍰 keep these in an airtight container to keep them soft, moist, and flavorful.
To Wrap Things Up…
There are many different ways for you to keep your organic foods fresher longer.
Again, just proving some more that it is not hard to live an organic lifestyle.
It does take work, some creativity, and even some trial and error, but once you find what works you are golden.
If you decide to utilize these ideas to keep your organic food fresher longer, let me know in the comments section below.👇🏾
I would love to hear how they worked for you!
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