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Are your tomatoes turning gray in the fridge already? Are those last couple slices of ham starting to smell even though you thought they’d last through the weekend? It looks like all those Tupperware containers that you thought would keep everything fresh for longer were a total waste of money!

It can be ever so annoying when food and fresh ingredients go off long before we thought it would. Not only is it a big waste of money, but it also adds to all the food waste that we really should try to cut down on. Thankfully, there are ways you can increase the shelf life of some really common household foods and ingredients. Here are some hacks that can help you do just that!

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Freeze Your Herbs

Do your fresh herbs always start to wilt before you have a chance to add them to your favorite stews or curries? There is a really easy way around that! You just need to freeze them. Leafy herbs, such as basil, sage, and parsley are really easy to freeze. You just need to chop them up and sprinkle them into ice cube trays before topping with water. After these have been in the freezer for a couple of hours, you will have ice cubes filled with fresh herbs. Then, when it’s time to cook with them, simply throw an ice cube into your cooking. There will be very minimal water, so you shouldn’t be worried that it will water down the dish.

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Invest In A Vacuum Pack Machine

Vacuum pack machines were once huge appliances that were only suitable for people who worked in the food industry. But over the past few years, a lot of smaller ones suitable for home use have now come onto the market. They are great for increasing the shelf life of raw meat and cooked vegetables. You simply need to slip whatever you are storing in some vacuum sealer bags and place them into the machine to seal them. As they are being sealed, the machine sucks out all the oxygen, creating a vacuum, which keeps them fresher for a lot longer!

Line Your Salad Drawer

Do you always find a soggy piece of veg whenever you reach into your salad drawer? If so, you will find that lining the drawer with some sheets of kitchen paper will stop this from happening so often. That’s because all the paper will absorb any moisture and condensation that is created by the chilled vegetables. All of this moisture in the air speeds up the wilting process and can make fruit and veg go off very quick. Add some absorbent paper, and you will find that the problem is solved!

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Keep Apples Separate From Other Fruit

Apples give off a gas called ethylene, which can turn other fruit bad. So, if you keep your apples out of your fruit bowl and away from your other fruit, you will find that all your oranges, pears, and berries last a lot longer than usual!

So there you have it – a lot less food waste!

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