- Flour -- If you are going to use it within a couple of months, it's fine in the pantry. However, if you don't bake a lot, like me, it is best to slip the bag of flour into a zipper-type plastic bag and store it in the freezer. Make sure you let it warm up before baking with it, however, as the cold flour can act a little funky if you use it right away.
- Milk -- Again, if you're like me and don't use milk often, you might want to switch to powdered milk, which will last for years in your pantry.
- Bread -- Here's where I've been doing it all wrong. I don't like refrigerated bread. However, if it's a type I use for toasting only, I will store it in the fridge. What I should be doing is storing it in the freezer. Refrigerated bread dries out and is simply not as tasty.
- Butter -- Buying butter in bulk is much, much cheaper. So buy it that way, then slip the individual sticks in a freezer bag and freeze. Just grab them as needed. They'll be good for a year or so.
- Fruits and veggies -- Frozen produce is good for a year, so it's sometimes preferable to fresh, which can go bad quickly. This is especially true with berries.
- Ground meat -- Again, buying in bulk saves you money. But rather than freezing large amounts of ground meat, pre-patty it for burgers, separate with wax paper, bag the patties and freeze.
- Oil -- Once opened, most oils will go rancid after 12 - 18 months. Store in a cupboard away from heat and light. If you live in a very hot and humid climate, you may want to keep your oils in the fridge. Be warned, however, they will get cloudy and may solidify a bit in the cold. But they will clear up once they are back out in the warmer air.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Saving money by storing food properly
I happened to catch a segment of the Today show and consumer correspondent, Janice Lieberman, was talking about ways to store food properly and avoid waste. In case you missed it, I thought I'd share her tips with you. Some of them surprised me.