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NORWAYNANCY Posts: 1,566
10/10/08 6:57 P

Peanut butter,canned nuts,almost anything that is canned. I but alot of frozen stuff-veggies and frozen meals.Cereals, energy/granola bars,yogurt,cottage cheeses,If your fridge is on the cooler side some foods will keep.I to do not buy fresh veggies because they go bad too quick,I have to plan on eating it THAT day if I buy it.I will eat canned or frozen veggies over fresh.Glad to know I am not alone on this. emoticon

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10/10/08 4:51 P

What I find helps with that is to plan foods for only *5* days, not 7, because invariably something happens - we go out to eat, there's a lunch meeting, we just feel like having a (whatever).

I don't eat much bread so I keep it in the freezer, or some in the freezer, some in the fridge, so it'll stay better longer.

Onions, garlic, ginger, avocados, oranges and other citrus, melons, tomatoes, potatoes, winter squash, whole pineapple, apples and bananas will keep very well at room temperature until cut. Best if kept out of direct sunlight, but ours gets some sun during the day.

Once cut, things will start going bad faster, so cut off the smallest portion you will actually use, and then put the rest in the fridge.

For fresh herbs, make a beautiful presentation by treating them like flowers - cut 1/4" to 1/2" off the stems in running water, then put them in a glass or pitcher of water. It'll stay fresh for a VERY long time!

I also cut the ends, then wrap them with a folded, damp, paper towel, wrapped around the stems and held with rubber bands. That'll keep them fresh longer.

We also eat the more perishible fruit first - berries first, oranges later.

You might also try getting something like Debbie Meyer's Green Babs ( ) which is to help keep your produce fresh longer.

For other healthy long storing things try:

For your cupboard:
Nuts, seeds, oils, canned beans & dried beans of all kinds, rice, canned tuna, canned chicken, canned or boxed broth or stock, boxed Soy Milk in the 1 cup boxes, lentils, grains (oatmeal, quinoa, buckhweat, amarath, millet, barley), granola, fruit & veggie juice.

For your freezer:
Any kind of meat, all kinds of leftovers, bread, vegi burgers & other vegan products, frozen vegetables, frozen fruit.

When your produce is about to go bad you can:

1) freeze it - typically produce is 'happiest' if it's blanched first, then frozen. If you have a large quantity, separate them out flat on a cookie sheet, then when frozen, put them into a bag or other freezer container.

2) make them into soup. There are LOTS of recipes calling for soup, and for whatever you've got, you can turn it into soup.

3) Make a stir fry - eat what you can, then freeze your leftovers. ANYTHING can be stir fried, even lettuce!

4) Put your leftover or cooked veggies into a "to make soup" frozen container. Growing up, we used to put our leftover spoonfuls of this and that into the container. When it was full, we'd pull it out to defrost and make soup.

We'd generally always make sure we had potaoes, onions, tomatoes, and some meat/protien of some kind. We'd put in 2 bay leaves, a "pinch" of majoram, thyme and savory, salt and pepper to taste. (How much is a pinch? I honestly don't know - I grew up never actually measuring, but I'm guesstimating at least 1/2 tsp.)

If you're adding ground meat, add it right at the end, when it's cooked through, it's done. If you're using beans, grains or bigger pieces of meat, then cook them first before adding them.

And freeze your lefotver soups!

The only things I've found that don't freeze well is lettuce and other leafy greens (they come out so much different I don't like it).

LOLYER Posts: 1,543
10/10/08 4:04 P

I buy a lot of frozen fruit (no sugar added) and frozen veggies (no salt added). I use the fruit for smoothies or I thaw it in the microwave and mix it with yogurt or cereal. I eat the veggies with dinner. I cook for myself and my boyfriend so stuff goes bad fast so frozen stuff is a big help.

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10/10/08 3:59 P

apples and onions can be stored outside the fridge -and the trick I learned for those..

Get an old pair of panty hose -ya know the ones with runs - wash them... and then drop an apple/onion into the leg til it hits the foot- and tie a knot -

drop another one in -and tie another knot.

basically fill the legs of the hose with the fruit -but don't let the fruit touch each other... the fruit touching each other causes the bruises and makes them go rotten faster.. and just snip off the panty hose to pull out the fruit you want..

you can leave htem hanging in a darkish cupboard..

ANAVLY Posts: 2,426
10/10/08 3:50 P

Apples last fairly well for fresh fruit (keep them in one of the drawers in your fridge). They should be good for a couple weeks.

Frozen fruit & veggies are also great. Stick to ones without sauces built in though :)

Canned fruits and veggies often have sugary or salty sauces but can be fine in moderation.

Stuff like soy, rice, almond, etc. milk is generally (but not always) sold in containers that don't require refrigeration and have a fairly long shelf life before opening. That's if having "milk" keep is a problem (you could also look at canned evaporated milk for some purposes - it also works as a healthier replacement for cream in some cases).

Most stuff spoils a lot faster after it's been opened, so go for individual containers when needed. For example unopened applesauce has a very long shelf life, but you have to use it quickly once it's opened; and yogurt in a big container can go bad within a few days after opening while the individual containers could last much longer. I think yogurt has a shelf life of about 4 weeks or so from when it's manufactured, so if you pay attention to the dates it can last a while. Something like V8 juice might also fall into this category.

Also keep in mind that there are things that you can buy fresh and then freeze some of them. For example, when my bananas get really ripe, I peel them, break them into thirds, and freeze the pieces and use them for smoothies.

Here's a guide to freezing fruit:>

Edited by: ANAVLY at: 10/10/2008 (15:55)
SAMJONES7 Posts: 50
10/10/08 2:19 P

Thank you, that's a good idea, never thought of that.

MALEFICENT1964 SparkPoints: (0)
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10/10/08 2:12 P

whole wheat pastas
Low sodium canned beans
Dry beans (lentils cook up really quickly and are very tasty)
A lot of whole grains last quite a bit of time -they won't last years but months will be fine.. like whole wheat couscous, quinoa, wheat berries, bulgur, etc)

SAMJONES7 Posts: 50
10/10/08 2:02 P

What foods have long shelf life AND still good for my diet?

In every thing I've read on dieting it always says stick to the outside isles at the grocery store for the healthier food. Things such as fruits and veggies tend to go bad really quickly and I hate that because I try to buy just what I'll eat and something always ends up going bad.


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