19 Fridge And Pantry Hacks You Should Know By Now

    Get the most out of your groceries.

    We've all been there: You buy groceries, and a few days later, half of them have already gone bad. It's a waste of time and money — but it doesn't have to be this way.

    Making the most of your food isn't just about cooking skills. You also need to know how to store everything properly. To help make your groceries last as long as possible, we've gathered some useful tips and hacks so you never have to throw out another bag of salad greens again. 🌱

    1. Transfer pasta, rice, cereal, and other dry foods to airtight containers.

    2. Store nut butters upside down so the oil doesn't separate.

    3. Dry your produce thoroughly before you store it.

    4. But if you're dealing with asparagus, humidity is actually good — and you should store it in water.

    5. The best way to keep herbs fresh as long as possible is to place them in a glass of water too.

    6. Herbs starting to wilt? Cut them and freeze them in an ice cube tray with some olive oil.

    7. Some produce (apples, potatoes, bananas, pears) can actually speed up the ripening process of other fruits and veggies — so they should be stored separately.

    8. Keep citrus in the fridge instead of on the countertop.

    9. Generally speaking, if something is ripe and you don't want to eat it right away, move it to the fridge to increase its shelf life.

    10. Soak berries in vinegar and water to make them last longer.

    11. Wrap celery and broccoli in foil before refrigerating them.

    12. Instead of storing leftover liquids in the fridge, freeze stocks, soups, and smoothies in freezer bags.

    13. Store greens with paper towels.

    14. Store spices in deli containers.

    15. If you buy cheeses wrapped in plastic, rewrap them in cheese paper or parchment paper.

    16. Once you open a canned good, don't leave any food in the can.

    17. Add a marshmallow to your dark-brown sugar to keep it soft.

    18. Reheat leftover pizza in a skillet — with a bit of water — for the best second-day slice.

    19. And lastly, save this handy leftovers cheat sheet — so you'll know exactly when to toss cooked or open items: