Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A Few Fun Tips on Keeping Food Fresh

Below are a few fun tips I found on keeping your food fresh.  Do you have any other ideas?

“To keep homemade cookies soft and fresh longer, my Aunt used to place completely cooled cookies in a cookie jar {or you could use an airtight container}, and then just place a slice of fresh bread on top.  The bread will keep the cookies soft and fresh!  If there are still cookies left after a few days, you can toss the old dried out piece of bread with a new piece of bread!”

 “My Grandmother taught me this trick… if you put a slice of bread in your bag/container of brown sugar, it will keep it moist and reduce the clumping.”

“To keep your brown sugar from hardening…. store in plastic container and leave a slightly moistened paper towel on top of the brown sugar and place plastic lid over it. Always ready to use.”

“Make sure to seal your sugar super, super tight with no air, and it stays moist.”

“If brown sugar becomes hardened just microwave for a few seconds. Microwaving it is short lived, but you can do it as many times as necessary in order to use it instead of tossing it.” (I hate microwaves so I probably wouldn't do this :-) )

To keep the strawberries fresh longer in the refrigerator, use 1 Part White Vinegar to 10 Parts Water.  Soak the strawberries, leaves and all in the vinegar/water mixture for a few minutes.  Then drain the strawberries in a colander until they are completely dry.
Then I place my strawberries in an uncovered bowl in the refrigerator.  The vinegar/water mixture kills any mold spores on the strawberries and keeps them fresh longer.  The vinegar does not affect the taste.  This also works for all kinds of berries: blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, etc.  It really works!!”

 “You may already know this… but if you separate your bananas {at the top} when you bring them home, they won’t ripen up so fast!”

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