Storing food the right way is definitely one of preventing food waste. As most people focus on storing delicate items such as fresh produce, meats or dairy products the right way, pantry staples are mostly overlooked. However, correct storage is as important for these dry products as for fresh items. Here are some tips and tricks that will help you to prevent pantry staples from being wasted.
• Sometimes flour may contain insects. Freezing flour for 2 days before storing helps kill any insects if present. After freezing, store the flour in a cool and dark place in a tightly sealed container.
• Buying and grinding whole bean coffee instead of buying ground coffee helps you get the best flavour out of your coffee. Coffee beans can be kept fresh in airtight and opaque containers for up to 4 days. If you have more than you can use in a few days, try freezing the coffee beans to keep them fresh.
• A widely common mistake is storing bread in the fridge. Due to the moist environment in the fridge,
the shelf life of bread is shortened. The best way to store bread is using a tightly sealed bag or container and storing on counter-top. If you have more than you can consume in a few days, you can store the excess bread in your freezer.
• Transfer dry foods to airtight containers from their packages. Airtight containers help dry foods such as pasta, cereals and pretzels last longer.
• Salt is easily moistened in humid areas or small kitchens. A pinch of dry rice added to the shaker will absorb excess moisture and prevent salt from clumping.
• Adding a bay leaf to the containers of flour, rice, and cornmeal helps keeping the weevils (small bugs) away.