Holiday Tips: How to Store Those Extra Fresh Items

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2011-12-08 17:38:46 -0600
Started 2011-12-07 09:03:09 -0600

The holidays to me mean that I also pick up a lot of extra fresh fruits and veggies to keep on hand for parties or family visits. I cook more during the holidays as well and like to have things on hand.

I found this great article on about ways to store your fresh foods. Don't let that money go down the drain (or in my case, into the compost pile)

Go through the whole slide show. It covers everything from fruit, veggies, dairy, meat and more. I hope it helps you keep your menu full of fresh foods.

16 replies

dietcherry 2011-12-08 16:26:28 -0600 Report

Thanks Gabby So much of this I didnt know so I saved to Favorites. One thing Ive read not to do is store your cheese block in the original plastic; the plastic supposedly makes it mold quicker so instead wrap it in cheescloth.

Caroltoo 2011-12-08 16:58:21 -0600 Report

Thanks, didn't know that!

dietcherry 2011-12-08 17:38:46 -0600 Report

The cheese would never last even to the expiration date and boy how I hate to throw food out! I know the mold-made cheeses are made with…mold but it still turns my stomach a little!

GabbyPA 2011-12-08 16:33:03 -0600 Report

Oh, I had not heard that. I buy the bricks because they don't have the extra junk in them like the shredded ones do.

dietcherry 2011-12-08 17:31:18 -0600 Report

Yeah I buy the big doorstopper bricks from Costco and they always mold before I can eat them so I went hunting for a helpful hint and found out what NOT to do!! lol Plastic is a no-no for cheese!
Oh and to expound on that: the individually-wrapped slices are okay because thats cheese "product" and has lots of preservatives.

GabbyPA 2011-12-07 21:25:49 -0600 Report

I know. I had an egg plant that was going on me from the garden. So today I made some ratatouille. I learned how from a friend of mine. is so good for you too. All veggies with some seasonings. Great on all kinds of things.

Caroltoo 2011-12-07 21:31:49 -0600 Report

And you posted the ratatouille recipe?

GabbyPA 2011-12-07 21:39:08 -0600 Report

No, I have not. I guess because it is mostly a kitchen sink kind of recipe. I take veggies that need to be cleaned out of the fridge. Today's recipe had eggplant, mushrooms, zucchini, yellow squash, carrots, garlic, onions and chopped black olives. I sautee them up in a little olive oil, then add a can of tomato sauce and about 1/2 cup of red wine. I season with basil, oregano, and thyme. Salt and pepper to taste. I like it warm or cold.

Young1s 2011-12-08 01:29:25 -0600 Report

Thanks Gabby. Will have to substitute the wine for a stock or something but I can make it work.

GabbyPA 2011-12-08 15:11:24 -0600 Report

yes a chicken or veggie stock will work just fine. I like the depth of the flavor with wine, but it is not required.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-12-07 19:39:40 -0600 Report

Thanks for the info! I agree with the other ladies, I will use these tips year round! I hate when things go bad before I can use them. Thanks again!

Young1s 2011-12-07 16:58:44 -0600 Report

Thank you Gabby. I agree with Re1ndeer. A lot of good tips for yearround. Some of this I already knew but the things I didn't are pretty interesting. Like the freshness of eggs and keeping the cut end of cheese from drying, which sounds a little weird but I'll give it a try to see what happens.

re1ndeer 2011-12-07 11:44:45 -0600 Report

Thanks for the article, great ways for all of us who love to have the freshest food for us and our guests at Holiday time. I like to have fresh food available especially vegetables. This is good to use these tips year round.

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