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How to Store Your Food Better in 2015

January 13, 2015

Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.

Today: Cut back on food waste by learning how to store your food better. Your wallet -- and you kitchen -- will thank you.

It's a safe bet that a few of you have resolved to be more organized this year. A neat and tidy kitchen means many things, including a more beautiful and more efficient workspace -- but most importantly, it cuts back on waste due to spoilage and neglect. In that effort, we've roundup up our favorite food storage articles to help you stay more organized in the new year.

Keeping your food wrapped up and stored properly extends its shelf life; it also makes it easier for you to see exactly what you have stowed away in your pantry and refrigerator (say goodbye to the half-empty packages that live in the darkest corners of your cabinets). Here's how to store your food better in 2015:

  • Nuts and seeds are too often the victims of careless storage; a little foresight would save the long forgotten, rancid bags that litter our shelves. From here on out, we commit to housing them in dark, cool places -- and to following these handy nut and seed storage guidelines.

  • A house is not a home without a little cheese in the refrigerator. And while cheese is inherently moldy, there's a difference between the wonderful tastes and aromas of one that's well ripened and the thing festering in the back of that drawer. When your fridge is empty save for that last hunk of cheese, pray, let it at least be edible. Here's how to wrap up your cheese like a pro.

More: Here are 10 ways to use up that hunk of Parmesan cheese.

More: Take a deep breath. Now it's time to tackle your freezer

  • We don't have to explain to you the importance of safely storing meat and fish. But we'd all love to learn how to do it better -- so without further ado, here's the best way to keep your meat and fish fresher for longer.

  • Time for dessert? Not so fast. There's a better way to keep your brown sugar tidy and clump-free. We promise those cookies will taste even sweeter without a dustbuster in hand.

9 Comments

Freddiel S. October 26, 2016
U can use crackers or bread in your browser sugar to. That's what I use
 
MrsWheelbarrow January 22, 2015
I'm sure this will come as no surprise, but I use glass jars for everything. Plastic is just not green, people. Mason jars are reusable and I find most of mine at yard sales and junk shops. The lids are inexpensive and readily available.
 
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Julie M. January 22, 2015
Hear, hear! Thanks for the tip, MrsWheelbarrow.
 
Nick M. January 14, 2015
Do you have a source for the re-usable plastic containers at the top of the page? My local deli wants to charge me $1.00 for the heavy duty soup containers and I would think there are cheaper options out there.
 
Beverly T. January 14, 2015
That first container looks like the ones my Talenti Gelato comes in. That stuff is delicious and I reuse the containers over and over. And that's a good enough reason to buy more Gelato.
 
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Julie M. January 14, 2015
Like Beverly said, I believe these are just recycled containers. I try to save them every time I go through a product -- and yes gelato containers are especially wonderful for this purpose!
 
sarahok January 14, 2015
I get them on Amazon...the deli style not the screw cap.
 
sarahok January 14, 2015
http://www.amazon.com/Reditainer-Extreme-Containers-32-Ounce-24-Pack/dp/B00N2TADOY/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1421294927&sr=8-2&keywords=reditainer+extreme+freeze I have ordered these and the smaller containers. They also have some that are less expensive that are for storage but less thick so not specifically for freezer. I reuse them but don't worry about giving them away if sending leftovers home with guests.
 
rockribbedrushy January 15, 2015
They sell them on ebay for $12 a dozen including shipping.<br />If you want to start a collection, just get won-ton soup from your Chinese restaurant. They use the heavy duty ones that are microwavable.