Holiday Tips: How to Store Those Extra Fresh Items

Gabby
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 dLife.com about ways to store your fresh foods. Don't let that money go down the drain (or in my case, into the compost pile)

http://www.dlife.com/dlife_media/diabetes_sli...

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

Thanks, didn't know that!

dietcherry
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!

Gabby
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
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.

Gabby
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. YUM...it is so good for you too. All veggies with some seasonings. Great on all kinds of things.

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

And you posted the ratatouille recipe?

Gabby
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
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.

Gabby
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
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
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
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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