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Hacks to Help Healthy Food Last

By Sara Butler

Everyone knows that they need to eat healthy in order to ensure their optimum health, but they are opposed to keeping fresh food around simply because it seems to spoil so easily. Well, there are ways around this problem! In fact, a few of these ingenious healthy food storage hacks may be what you need to help you eat healthier without wasting money on food that seems to spoil fast.

Use Paper Towels

Bagged salad is great to have on hand, but how many times have you grabbed it out of the refrigerator only to find that it's a wilted, soggy mess? The best thing to do for this is to make sure you store our bagged salad in the crisper drawer in a resealable bag. Before you close the bag after taking out a serving, place a dry paper towel inside. This helps to wick away the extra moisture to keep your salad from wilting and going bad.

Keep Bananas Together

Think about your bunch of bananas as a family and make sure you always keep them together. Separating bananas before you're ready to eat them will help them to keep from going brown early. Cover the stem with cling wrap when you first bring them home from the store and you'll get an extra three to five days out of them.

Put an Apple in With the Potatoes

No one likes to pull a potato out of their bin only to find that it's sprouted. Preventing this is easy -- all you need to do is place an apple in with your potatoes. The ethylene gas that an apple produces will keep your potatoes firm and fresh until you're ready to eat them.

Of course, keeping your apples away from the rest of the fruit is also recommended, since this same gas that helps potatoes out can accelerate the ripening of other fruits and make them go bad fast.

Freeze Herbs in Olive Oil

There's nothing quite as nice as adding a bunch of fresh herbs to what you're cooking. The problem is that a lot of herbs are difficult to keep fresh and can go bad before you've had a chance to use them all. Don't sweat it. All you need to do is chop up the herbs and fill up an empty ice cube tray with them, then cover them with olive oil. Freeze them and voila! You can have fresh herbs on hand for months, all you need to do is add them to a hot pan when you're ready.

If you're about food waste from buying fresh, healthy produce, then try these hacks to help.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Aurora, Colo.

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