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4 tips on how to make food keep for longer

How can I make my food last longer? Take note of these tips to properly store food at home! You will save money, reduce unnecessary trips to the supermarket and waste less food.

IKEA glass jars, plates and kitchen utensils on a table and a white shelf.
IKEA glass jars, plates and kitchen utensils on a table and a white shelf.

These days, when there's no guarantee you will find the product you want at the supermarket, it's worth learning a few tips to make your food at home last longer. You will see that each type of food needs to be stored differently. But don't worry, you'll find out step-by-step how to do it. May nothing be missing in your kitchen!

How to store fresh bread

In the majority of Spanish households, there is one product that is never lacking: bread. Although it is one of the most consumed basic foods in Spain, it is rarely completely used up since, the next day, it is hard as stone. This usually occurs with lower quality breads, but the main cause is due to the loss of moisture.

To keep bread spongy for as long as possible—and not skimp on cost—experts recommend that you keep it in a classic cloth bag for life. Not only are they more environmentally friendly, they also let the bread breathe better. Another option is to use a wooden bread bin and cover it with a tea towel. It is not recommended to store bread in plastic bags because it goes soft quickly. Another option is to freeze it, but it's best to do so just after it has been bought.

How to store flour

Flour, like other grains and nuts, is prone to breeding insects due to temperature and humidity changes. It is a product that can keep for a long time in the pantry (about 6 months), but keep in mind that it is perishable and needs to be kept in a dry place and in a perfectly sealed container. This will also prevent it from absorbing odours from other products. Jars are ideal for storing flour.

If you live in an area with high temperatures, it is recommended that you store this product in the fridge in a closed jar. Finally, do not store flour near other grains, such as rice, because these can attract bugs that will contaminate it.

How to store potatoes, onions and garlic

To store basic foods such as potatoes and onions, the first thing you need to do is avoid the fridge. These foods need a medium-low temperature (between 7 and 11 degrees), but not as cold as a fridge.

Potatoes do not like light or sharing space with onions, as is common in many pantries. It is best to store them in cloth bags or netted bags in the dark. You can also use wooden boxes like the KNAGGLIG pine boxes, provided that you keep them in a cool, dark place.

Garlic behaves in a similar way to potatoes. It loves the dark and does not want humidity, so keep away from the fridge. Onions are not as affected by light, but it is also recommended that you keep them in a well-ventilated place: in a wicker basket or a paper bag.

In all cases, never use plastic bags to store these foods, your wallet and the planet will thank you!

How to store eggs

Everyone knows that eggs should be stored in the fridge, but where exactly? You may think that the obvious place is the egg rack fitted in the door of some fridges. However, it is not recommended to keep them here because they will be exposed to many temperature changes every time you open and close the appliance. You can wash them when you want to use them, but not before storing them. It is recommended that they be kept in their original box or in a closed container always used for this purpose.

    Here is a video with ideas to organise your pantry in a flash, so you don't waste any food.

    If you need more ideas to save on food, visit the sustainable space with information on recycling and food use. These tips will help you save money and care for the environment!