Your veggies are rotting in the crisper… again. The cereal has gone stale, and don’t even get us started on how much you’ve spent on plastic containers for your food. We totally get it — we’ve been there, too. But with these food storage tips, you’ll never have to deal with wilting veggies, stale grains or a place to put your kids’ snacks again. From reusing and repurposing containers to tips for keeping food fresher longer, you’ll find a useful trick here!
Food Storage Tips to Make Your Groceries Last Longer
I love these stackable bins for storing our fruits & veggies!! I can access them for cooking and my kids can get a healthy snack easily!!
(Also, my potatoes aren’t being forgotten in a cupboard until I smell something funky ?)
I love green onions, but they always go bad before I use them all. From now on, I’m trying this trick. Cut them up, put them in an empty Parmesan cheese container (or any container) and shake them out as needed. You can freeze them this way, too!
This blogger found a brilliant food storage tool… Arrowhead 3L water bottles. They stack perfectly on each other and are pretty durable. They’re great for beans, pasta, cereal, etc.
Recycle your coffee creamer containers to hold snacks. These are so handy for road trips. And if you’re out for a day with the kids, just stick one in your purse.
Crystal Light containers also make great snack transporters. Keep nuts, pretzel sticks, carrots, and even blocks of cheese in them!
Did you know that keeping nuts in the fridge will keep them fresher longer? Nuts contain delicate oils that go rancid when exposed to heat, so the fridge is the best place for them.
Store cans of soup in an empty soda box. You can even decorate it to make it pretty if you’d like.
Drink a lot of lemonade? Reuse those jugs for cereal! Your cereal will stay fresher much longer in a container than it does in the box.
Put onions, potatoes, garlic and similar veggies in a mesh laundry bag to allow air to circulate.
Keep salad greens fresh in the fridge for up to a week with paper towels. Cover the bowl with a paper towel (to draw out moisture), and cover the salad with a lid or plastic wrap. Replace the paper towel whenever it feels moist.
And celery keeps 4-5 weeks when wrapped in foil before it is placed in your crisper drawer.
Ripen green tomatoes in a paper bag with an apple or banana to speed the process. But to keep tomatoes fresher longer, keep them sitting in a cool, dry place… NOT in the fridge!
Here’s another great idea for storing and portioning out the kids’ snacks: reuse baby food containers.
And during baby’s first year, you may go through lots of formula containers. Add them to your pantry for grain and pasta storage.
Vacuum sealing your food also helps. Use this nifty system to vacuum seal without the need of a cumbersome machine or fancy gizmos.
Do the same thing with the baby rice containers. Don’t they make the cutest addition to this kitchen?
Keep lemons fresh up to a month with this vintage storage trick. Add your lemons to a jar, fill with water, and add a lid.
Store asparagus in a jar as you would flowers in a vase, and then cover with a plastic bag to store in the fridge. Your asparagus will stay crisper longer… no more floppy stalks! Get the details here.
And keep mushrooms dry and fresh by removing them from their containers and putting them in paper bags instead.
Store eggs for up to a year with these egg freezing tips.
Give berries a vinegar bath after bringing them home to help them last longer. Use one part vinegar to 10 parts water.