How you store your food will determine how long you can enjoy it. There is no point in stockpiling if it all simply goes bad, is there? Following are some tips to store commonly stockpiled foods or those that are purchased in bulk so they do not go bad before you can eat them.
- Portion out and freeze meats.
When there is a big sale on meats, it is best to buy a few extra kilos. Portion them out to sizes used in your recipes and store it in a freezer-friendly plastic bag with the air squeezed out to prevent freezer burn. Cooked meat can also be frozen. Just use it within a month to preserve the freshness.
- Chop up and freeze vegetables for cooking.
Buying whole vegetables and cutting them up yourself is infinitely cheaper than getting the pre-packaged, pre-cut ones. Wash, chop, and freeze them to use in recipes. You can store them in a labeled glass container with a lid or in a freezer-friendly plastic bag. All that is left to do is pull the vegetables out the next time you cook soups or stews.
- Store yeast in the freezer.
Dry yeast can last for years when stored correctl, even past the expiration date. You can use it straight from the freezer without seeing problems on your bread. Get a big bag of yeast and store it in your freezer so you always have access to bread.
- Keep flours in the refrigerator.
To match your yeast, refrigerate your flours, too. Flour is shelf stable but you can further extend its shelf life by storing it in the fridge. If you are not using whole-grain flours soon, put them in the freezer to prolong its freshness. If you run out of fridge or freezer space, you can take your flours out and transfer them to an airtight container to keep in your pantry.
- Store sugar in airtight containers.
Sugar has an indefinite shelf life but ideally, you will use your granulated sugar within three years and powdered sugar and brown sugar within two years. Store them in an airtight, covered container to ensure they last as long as possible. Moisture ruins granulated and powdered sugar. Keep yours in a cool, dry place but not in the refrigerator. It will last longer.