Unfortunately, you can’t always eat the food you buy in a
timely manner. Some nights you may eat out, other nights you might have
leftovers, and so on, meaning that your organic foods aren’t always eaten
within a few days of purchase.
If at all possible it is best to buy a little at a time so
you can eat in a timely manner and not let it spoil, but of course we all have
busy lives and this is simply not always possible. Some of us also may live too
far away from organic food sources to be able to pop in and out of the market
Fortunately, there are some ways to keep your organic food
fresher longer. Check out these tips for preserving your organic fruits,
veggies, meats, and grain products.
Refrigerator Between 38-40 Degrees Fahrenheit: Cold
temperatures are the best way to preserve fresh foods, but you want to make
sure they don’t freeze. Keeping your fridge at this temperature will ensure
that your organic foods are kept as cold and fresh as they can be without
of Expiration Dates: On some foods, you can safely ignore these dates, but
when it comes to organic food, you should always pay attention. Expiration
dates will help you plan accordingly when planning your weekly meals. 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 when out shopping for organic foods.
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 a riper until they eventually spoil. When you add moisture
into the mix, things like mildew and mold can grow on the fruits and veggies,
making them dangerous to eat. Avoid this by wiping down the foods, storing them
apart, and avoiding use of plastic bags, which can promote condensation.
Different Ways to Refrigerate Meats: Depending upon the type of meat
and when you’ll be using it, how you store meat can vary. For fresh meats you
intend to use within two days, refrigerate between 38 and 40 degrees. If you
are going to freeze meat for a late date, be sure to wrap it in freezer paper,
foil, or leave it in its original packaging. Some meats like smoked bacon and
ham can simply be wrapped up in vinegar-soaked cloth. For meats you’ve already
cooked, allow them to cool completely before placing them in the fridge to
Comes to Grains, You Have Some Options: Your dry whole grains, such as
cereals, grains, 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 intend to use in
the next few days. Always be watchful for mold and mildew if breads are stored
in or near a moist place. For cereals, always close the inner bag of the cereal
box to keep it fresh. Leaving it open to the air can cause it become to stale.
Lastly, for things like cookies and cakes, keep these in an airtight container
to keep them soft, moist, and flavorful.
fresh and eat clean, that is the organic way!