Tuesday Life Hack: 6 ways to make your groceries last longer

If you’ve been living in South Africa in the past few months you’ve probably stretched your grocery bill as far as you can for the same amount of food and household items. The continued increase in petrol, as well as the VAT increase, has put some strain on the cost of living in the country. In order to weather this financial storm, there are some little changes you can make at home starting with how you store your food to make it last longer. Here are a few ideas:

1. Wrap up your bananas

If you buy bananas and want to preserve them for longer, wrap the crown of the bunch in plastic and place them back into their original packaging. This will prevent the bananas from emitting a gas that makes them ripen faster.


2. Store your bread in the freezer

If you want to buy bread in bulk, store it in the freezer or the fridge to make it last longer. You can defrost it when you need to use it or simply pop some slices into a toaster.


3. A paper towel can save your leafy greens

You’ll probably find that your greens are one of the most perishable items on your grocery list. To extend their life, place them in a clean container or plastic bag. Slip a paper towel into the container or bag to absorb any wilting or slime and replace the towel as needed. Another method of storing them is wrapping them in tin foil.


4. Don’t store your stone fruit in a plastic bag

You might leave your stone fruit in their original plastic bag packaging but this causes them to ripen quicker and mould. Take them out of the plastic bag and store them at room temperature to make them last longer.


5. Butter your cheese to make it last longer

Dab butter on cut cheese to prevent it from drying out. Wrap the cheese in wax paper and not plastic then place it in a reusable bag and store in the warmest part of the fridge.


6. Rinse your berries in vinegar

It may sound bizarre but rinsing your berries in one part vinegar and 10-parts water will preserve them for longer. Dry them and place them in a clean container and you’ll see some surprising results.


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