Saturday, March 21, 2020

Coronavirus: Stay stocked up without stockpiling with these clever food storage hacks

The outbreak of COVID-19 and the possibility of a two-week self-isolation period has prompted a surge of panic buying across the UK. 
Supermarkets have reported shortages of everyday food products including bread, milk and dried pasta - and now many shops are limited purchases to four items per customer.
In a bid to help the more vulnerable shoppers, some big brand stores have also introduced an elderly-only hour at the start of the working day.  
And several 24-hour supermarkets have reduced their opening hours to restock goods ready for the following day.
But there are several productive things we as consumers can do to reduce the need to stockpile masses of goods.
Whether it’s learning better techniques on how to store our food, understanding what healthy portion sizes are or preparing emergency meals while we’re fit and well - our small actions can make a big difference.
Here’s a roundup of top tips and tricks on cleverly storing food amid the coronavirus outbreak.
According to eatbydate.com, fresh milk can be frozen for three to six months. 
Though the texture and colour of the milk may change once thawed, it is still safe for consumption.
Pour your milk into ice cube trays and when frozen transfer the milk cubes into a zip lock bag and store in your freezer.
Thaw at room temperature and add to tea and coffee when desired.
Here’s a list of ways you can extend the life of individual fruit, veg, bread and dairy products.
Carrots - Keep in a container of water in the fridge to keep them crisp.
Asparagus - Stand them in a jar with two inches of water, cover loosely with a small plastic bag, and keep in the fridge.
Berries - Food52 advises washing berries in a one part vinegar three parts water solution to destroy bacteria and mold spores. Dry the berries thoroughly afterwards and store in an airtight container.
Bananas - Cover the banana stem with cling film or foil to stop them for going brown. Bananas can also speed up the ripening process of other fruits. Store them separately from the fruit bowl (or on top of fruits that need ripening).
Milk - Keep your milk and other dairy products at the back of your fridge where the temperature is colder.
Mushrooms - Keep mushrooms fresh and dry by keeping them in brown paper bags.
Onions - Lifehacker suggests hanging onions in your (clean) tights with a knot separating each one.
Tomatoes - Store tomatoes stem-end down outside of the fridge.
Potatoes - After analysis Hoaxorfact found that storing apples and potatoes together stopped the potatoes from sprouting.
Spring onions - A tip found on Nigella told us to keep our spring onions chopped up in plastic bags in the freezer. When you're ready to use them, add them straight into the pan.
Salad greens - Wash, dry thoroughly and wrap them in kitchen roll or with a paper towel.
Bread - Avoid mouldy bread by keeping your loaf in the freezer and pop a slice into the toaster to thaw (or toast).
Cheese - BuzzFeed writes that you can rub a little bit of butter to the exposed side of cheese to keep it from drying out. Read More