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How to Keep Foods Fresh Longer

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Tired of buying foods, only to have them go bad before you manage to get them eaten? Improper storage could be the cause. Adopt the following storage habits, and your foods will stay fresh days – if not months – longer:

Apples

Apples
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Store apples on the counter, away from other produce.

Bananas

Bananas
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Store bananas at room temperature until they ripen. Store ripe bananas in the refrigerator to impede further ripening. Freeze over-ripened bananas for use in banana bread and other baked goods.

Note: When you refrigerate or freeze bananas, the peel will turn black, but the fruit will still be good.

Bread

Bread
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Store bread in a breadbox or on the counter.

Butter

Butter
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Store butter in its original packaging inside the refrigerator compartment (not inside the door). Butter can also be frozen for up to six months.

Cheese

Cheese
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Remove cheese from its original packaging. Then, rewrap it in a piece of plastic wrap or wax paper, and seal it inside a plastic bag.

Eggs

Eggs
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Store eggs in their original carton inside the refrigerator – not inside the refrigerator door.

Flour

Flour
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Freeze flour for 48 hours to kill any insect eggs that might be present. Then, place in a tight-sealing container; and store in a cool, dry spot away from sunlight. Keep whole-grain flours in the refrigerator or freezer to extend their life.

Garlic

Garlic
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Store heads of garlic unpeeled in an open container in a cool, dry place. For long-term storage, garlic can also be dried and braided.

Honey

Honey
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Store honey in a cool, dark place in an air-tight container.

Lettuce

Lettuce
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Remove the lettuce from its store packaging. Then, wrap it in paper toweling, and place it in an open storage bag.
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