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24 Genius Ways To Make Your Food Last So Much Longer

Uhm you can freeze entire avocado halves?!?

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1. First of all, throw away every food-storage container you have that isn't glass.

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And then invest in the power of Pyrex. You can see your food better and heat it up right in its container. Glass retains no smell/stains, and many people swear it makes food taste better/last longer (myself included).

Set includes: one each: 1-cup round, 6-cup rectangle, 7-cup round; two each: 2-cup round, 4-cup round and 3-cup rectangle, and lids.

Promising review: "Fantastic! I recently decided to switch out all of my plastic containers for glass storage. I read tons of reviews and even tried a few brands. Pyrex by far beats the other companies. The containers are made of thick durable glass, and the lids are deceptively secure. I'm so glad I invested in this set. I'm actually going to purchase a second set. If I had to pick one fault I would say that the long square ones aren't super tall, so it's hard to use it for storage unless it's something specific like brownies or something rather flat, if that makes sense. If you're thinking about these, or thinking about switching to glass storage, do IT! Everything tastes better eating from glass, no stains, no retained smell, nothing." –aliciaa_in_wonderland

Get them from Amazon for $36.99 or from Jet for $29.89.

2. Consider doing away with containers, plastic wrap, and aluminum foil altogether and invest in some sustainable, reusable Bee's Wrap.

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Do I sound like I'm out of my mind? Yes. Do I use these at home? Yes. Do they work to preserve food? Oh yes, and better than all the bad for the environment options.

Variety pack includes: two small, two medium, two large, and one bread.

Promising review: "These are so great. They keep food as fresh as plastic wrap, but without the plastic-y taste, and without the waste. They are easy to clean with cool water. Has removed our home's need for plastic wrap." –NSM

Get them from Amazon for $42.

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3. Figure out which foods should even be going in your fridge in the first place.

View this video on YouTube

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A lot of foods will lose flavor/rot faster if refrigerated. Check out a more extensive list of things to keep out of the fridge here.

4. Line shelves and crisper drawers to give them more air and less moisture, and watch produce last and last.

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Promising review: "I do not know what I did before finding these! They keep the inside of the refrigerator neat, and allow some air to circulate around produce, which keeps everything from getting soggy." –VIOLET

Get a two-pack of 15"x14" liners from Amazon for $7.99.

5. Freeze avocados you thought wouldn't ripen so fast, and keep your guac green with this storage container.

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You can also brush extra avocado halves/guac with lemon juice or olive oil to prevent them from browning in the fridge.

Promising review: "So far I love this thing. I can now have homemade guacamole and keep it for a few days without it turning brown. Every time I take some out, I get the air out by using the 'elevator' (included) that pushes the guacamole to the very top, then close it up." –Randi

Learn how to freeze avocados four ways from Whole New Mom here. Read our full review of the guac storage container here.

Get the container from Amazon for $18.95 or from Walmart for $16.83.

6. Preserve some herbs via a handy freezer tray or Herb Savor, and never watch herbs shrivel to sadness again.

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Listen, there is nothing I love more than saving all my garlic from going bad by chopping it up and freezing in olive oil in my herb freezer tray. Also gives you a head start on dinner.

Promising review: (for the freezer tray) I now have my cilantro in them –easy to take out portions for my cooking. Saves me money, as I am no longer throwing spoiled herbs away." –Sharon B

Promising review (for the Herb Savor): "The Herb Savor works well. I use it to store fresh parsley. Parsley stored in the Savor lasts at least three weeks longer than if I had kept it in the vegetable drawer of the refrigerator. I highly recommend it if you like to have fresh herbs for cooking." –Mary E. Boyd

Get them from Amazon: the herb freezer tray for $9.95 and the Herb Savor for $27.02.

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7. Be reasonable about the amount of food you'll eat, and freeze leftovers in sealable freezer bags before they turn into ~rotten leftovers~.

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Don't be the person who swears they will eat chili three nights in a row and then watches chili go to waste (me).

Promising review: "THESE are the best for protecting your food or whatever else you can fit in these quart-sized ziploc bags. These stay closed tight. Food lasts longer. Nothing leaks. Sturdy enough to reuse." –audrey frances

Get them from Amazon for $15.30 (114-count quart bags).

8. Store onions in pantyhose, and they just may last for months. Months!

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Hello MTV and welcome to my home, AKA the onion palace. Pantyhose will keep onions dry and let them breathe, and this way the onions can be tied apart from each other – this will prevent one bad onion from spoiling the rest.

Get the instructions from Brooklyn Farm Girl here.

9. Hang your bananas (secret ripening agents) above the rest of your fruit babes to prolong the lives of all. And if you still find yourself in a banana crisis, freeze em'!

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Promising review: "I was in need of something to help keep the bananas from ripening too quickly, but didn't have room for a stand-alone banana hanger. This product allows me to keep this food in good condition longer with plenty of room below for my other fruit. I love it. it was easy to assemble the banana hanger, also." –JQ

Get the banana hanger from Amazon for $16.87.

Become a banana freezing pro with instructions from The Pioneer Woman here.

10. Save the lemons via a lemon saver people swear by, or store whole lemons in plastic bags. Now you shall always have fresh AF lemons for tea.

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And for folks who love honey lemon ginger tea (me), you can freeze your ginger to keep it from drying out! You're welcome.

Promising review: "I love this very cute lemon keeper pod! It keeps my lemons fresh, and I can use them longer. I highly recommend this for those who use lemons all the time. Really works! Love love love it." –Georgia

Get it from Amazon for $4.70.

And don't forget to make whole lemons last waaay longer via sealed plastic bags. Learn more from The Kitchn here.

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11. Give cheese the home and shelf-life it deserves with these handy storage hacks.

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Steer clear of plastic wrap for starters, and swap it with cheese paper or parchment paper. You can also try rubbing a dab of butter on the edge of a hunk of cheese to prevent annoying dry out. Get more tips like this from Food52 here.

12. Speaking of butter, keep butter in a butter dish to help it keep ~butter~.

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No odors = better, longer-lasting butter.

Promising review: "I love that it has measurements on it for when I am cooking. It makes it so easy to get exactly what I need. Its no-slip grip keeps it in place in the fridge. The dish locks out odors, and preserves the freshness of the butter. The entire dish is dishwasher-safe. Perfect design." –Holly Lee

Get it from Amazon for $9.99 or from Jet for $9.99.

13. Try new recipes designed for utilizing every part of the food, like broccoli stem noodles.

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Using every bit of broccoli will make that broccoli babe last longer than ever, amiright?

Learn how to make broccoli stem noodles with ginger-sesame dressing from All Day I Dream of Food here.

Make delish potato skins with this recipe from Framed Cooks here.

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15. Or, let this compact juicer use the whole food for you to get the most out of produce.

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Promising review: "Awesome awesome juicer, love it! Two years in use, and still going strong. We use it regularly. One thing I would recommend is to spray all the parts out and spray/scrub the fine strainer IMMEDIATELY after use. If you do this, it will clean out nice and clear. Half the time I don't even use soap, just spray it all out over the sink (scoop the big chunks in the trash obviously), and then I spray it all down with some food grade sanitizer. OH, also, if you want to, you can use all of the fibrous stuff that the juicer spits into the main compartment for healthy muffins! My wife has done this several times, and they turned out great. That way you can get healthy juice, AND get some great fiber." –zandrello

Get it from Amazon for $99.95+ (three sizes).

16. Bottle up that fresh juice or dairy products the old fashioned way – reusable glass bottles. They just may keep things fresher, longer.

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Anyone else's grandmother swear by glass bottles to make milk last longer?

Promising review: "These are great to store iced coffee or fresh juice from my juicer. Perfect size, and cute design." –Haley Henderson

Get a set of four from Amazon for $16.99 or from Walmart for $14.98.

17. Wrap bread in a dish towel and put it in a paper bag so it doesn't go stale, or try a spacious bread box.

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Promising review: "I have never used a bread box before, but I love the style of this one. I am pleasantly surprised at how much longer my bread lasts before becoming dry, or worse yet, moldy. The box is large enough to store my wheat bread, and two kinds of rye bread without flattening the bread. Very pleased." –Cheryl Hays

Get it from Amazon for $29.99 or from Jet for $29.99.

Find more tips on storing bread from Tasting Table here.

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19. Research ethylene gas, and arm yourself with Bluapple to keep fruits and veggies way fresher way longer.

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Ethylene is a harmless, odorless, and colorless gas that is given off naturally by fruits and vegetables as a signaling mechanism for produce to ripen faster. Bluapple slows down the ripening process by absorbing ethylene gas, which will keep your fruits and veggies fresh and help them last longer.

Promising review: "We are vegetarians and buy lots of fruits and vegetables. Sometimes we can't get to certain ones quickly, but these have really helped preserve the freshness. I actually put one in the salad spinner, one on the shelf, and one in each drawer. Meaning we loved it so much, we bought two packs." –Elysa

Get a four pack from Amazon for $26.99 (comes with 16 ethylene absorbing packets).

20. Or stop the effects of ethylene via Fresh Paper sheets.

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Similar concept.

Promising review: "Thanks to a lack of marital communication, I unintentionally did a test of this product and have evidence that it works. Recently my husband and I each came home with bags of apples. I put mine in a fruit bowl lined with a sheet of Freshpaper, he put his in a separate bowl. While my family of three loves apples, it took us a while to eat up our combined purchases. Over time, the apples in the Freshpaper bowl stayed fresh. Several of the other apples got mushy and had to be thrown away. It’s helped extend the life of vegetables in my crisper drawer, also. I can’t wait for farmer’s market season to begin so I can load up on goodies with no fear of waste!" –Clairemarie Fisher O'Leary

Get them from Amazon for $5.99 (eight sheets).

21. Load up on tons of berries without fear of rot, just pre-soak those babes in a vinegar solution!

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The pH in white vinegar will eliminate any spores, which will keep your berries fresh. Put those berries in a vinegar bath, with 1 cup of white vinegar and 8 cups of water to dislodge spores and bacteria. Find the full instructions from Momables here.

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24. And finally, put the food that ultimately does not survive the test of time in an odor-proof compost bin to help the earth.

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Promising review: "Great little composting pail. We purchased this along with the Biobags (biodegradable compost bag) and they fit well. A little smaller then I imagined, but a good size for sitting on the counter for easy cleanup after food prep. Easy to clean out, and does not smell." –J. Hutis

Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

Reviews here have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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