Simple Hacks to Make Your Groceries Last Longer

There’s a special type of guilt we feel when we have to throw out food because it’s gone bad. As we dump out our moldy tomatoes, wilted black salad, and rock-solid croissants, we can’t help but think of starving people around the world. If you’ve ever felt bad about throwing away food, this list is for you. Here are some simple tips and tricks on how to keep your groceries fresher longer, reducing the amount of food waste.

Wrap the crown of a bunch of bananas with plastic wrap and they’ll keep 3-5 days longer than normal. Also, keep them isolated on the counter.

Turn containers of sour cream and cottage cheese upside down. This creates a vacuum effect inside and will slow down the growth of bacteria.

Don’t store milk in the refrigerator door. The temperature will fluctuate too frequently and spoil your milk early.

If you have half an avocado left, don’t remove the pit. Leaving the pit in slows down the oxidation.

Keep mushrooms in a paper bag, not a plastic one. A plastic bag will trap moisture and cause them to mildew.

Don’t store tomatoes in plastic bags. Trapped ethylene will make them ripen faster. Keep them at room temperature, on the counter away from sunlight, in a single layer, not touching one another, stem side up. Overly ripe tomatoes should be put in the refrigerator, but let them come to room temperature before eating them.

Never store bread in the refrigerator. That makes it go stale faster. The best way to store it is to keep it at room temperature on the counter, or invest in a bread box.

Put a paper towel in with leftover salad to absorb any excess moisture that might cause the leaves to get slimy while being stored in the refrigerator.

Put ice cream containers in a plastic bag to keep it soft and prevent freezer burn.

Onions stored in pantyhose will last as long as 8 months