25 Ways to Safely Store Food for Long-Term Survival

Trista - July 19, 2020
Roasting vegetables will not only extend shelf life but also help you prep your meals. Shutterstock.

Roast Your Vegetables

You live a busy life and probably think about meal prepping from time to two, but wonder if it’s something you can do. Well, hearing that roasting your vegetables can extend shelf life might change your mind. Not only will this make your vegetables last longer, but it’s also a great meal prep tip.

All you need to do is roast the vegetables, let them cool, place them in an airtight container, and put them in the fridge can make them last a few days. Some, such as cauliflower and broccoli, will last a bit longer and may taste better.

All you need to do is to pop out the number of herbs you need and add them to your dish. Shutterstock.

Freeze Herbs In Olive Oil

You know that dried herbs and spices, like Mrs. Dash, will last a long time. However, you probably want some fresh herbs in your home as well. The problem is they don’t last as long, and you can’t always make the batch before it starts to rot.

One of the biggest keys to extending the life of fresh herbs is to freeze them in olive oil. All you need to do is chop up the herbs, toss them into ice cube trays, pour in the olive oil, and freeze. Then, when you need the herbs, just pop out as many olive oil cubes you need and either thaw them or toss them right into your dish.

It’s best to wrap the leaves separately to keep them as dry enough to stop welting so quickly. Shutterstock.

Wrap Unwashed Lettuce In Paper Towels

One of the most significant food items that many people struggle to keep fresh is lettuce. People have tried so many different steps to extend their shelf life and found that there’s very little they can do. But, there is one step that works excellent, and that’s wrapping lettuce leaves into paper towels. The trick is that you don’t want to wash it before because this will help mold grow faster.

Usually, people want to use up the lettuce immediately because it starts to welt within a couple of days because of the moisture. But wrapping each leaf in a paper towel, the moisture is soaked up, and your lettuce will last a few more days.

Freezing milk is a great way to extend its shelf life, which is already about three months. Shutterstock.

It’s Okay To Freeze Milk

Many people won’t freeze milk because they’re afraid of what it’ll do to the taste and consistency. However, freezing milk is a great way to make it last longer. In fact, you won’t even know that it was frozen because it tastes fresh.

The key is not to open the milk jug. You don’t need to worry about the milk becoming too much for the container because there’s not enough milk to cause too much of a problem. Plus, the pitcher is meant to expand a little, which helps the freezing process.

You know how to extend the shelf life of fruits and vegetables, but what about goodies like cake? Shutterstock.

Freeze Leftover Cake

You might live in a house where leftover cake doesn’t seem like a problem. If you ever find yourself with too much cake or don’t want your family eating cake for a few days in a row, you can let them have their piece and then freeze the rest.

All you need to do is place a slice of bread on each end cut and place it in the freezer, where it will last for months. You can also set the cake in the fridge, but it’ll only last a few weeks.

Storing apples next to potatoes can keep them from sprouting. Shutterstock.

Store Apples And Potatoes Next To Each Other

Okay, this article should probably end on a healthy note. You know that you shouldn’t store your onions and potatoes next to each other because the gasses will cause them to go back faster. However, one way to extend your potatoes’ shelf life is to store them next to apples. This hack will cause the potatoes to keep from sprouting for a longer period.

Plus, it won’t hurt the apples, and you don’t need to keep a lot of them next to the potatoes. For instance, you can save some apples in your crisper drawer and a few next to the potatoes. Just ensure you eat the ones by the potatoes first.


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