Protecting Perishable Foods: Making the Most of Your Groceries

Most people don’t plan on wasting food[1]. But we’ve all been in that situation where we open the fridge and realize that vegetables[2], fruit[3], and other foods have become soggy, mushy, or moldy. Thanks to inflation and supply chain issues, the cost of food is higher than it’s been in a very long time, so having to toss food that has “turned” is expensive and frustrating. Learn some tips on how you can protect your “investment” so that you reap the benefits of good nutrition, avoid foodborne illnesses, and save money at the same time.

Fruits and vegetables

Fresh fruits and vegetables are delicious and nutritious, but they can, unfortunately, go bad quickly. Here’s how to make the most of your fresh produce:

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Dairy foods

Dairy foods (milk, yogurt[5], cheese[6], eggs[7]) have a short shelf-life and if you don’t store them properly, their shelf-life will be even shorter. Keeping these foods cold, paying attention to any use-by dates, and checking for mold or a bad smell are especially important to avoid illness.

Poultry, meat, and seafood

If you’re feeling overwhelmed with the above information, don’t worry — you don’t have to remember all of this! A quick and easy guide is within reach — and it’s free of charge. The FoodKeeper App[9] can help you learn how to properly store all of your food, allowing you to keep it fresher, longer. Use the app online or download it to your Apple or Android device. Check it out here.[10]

Want to learn more about reducing food waste? Read “How You Can Reduce Food Waste”[11] and “Is This Food Safe to Eat?”[12]

Endnotes:
  1. wasting food: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/healthy-living/nutrition-exercise/how-you-can-reduce-food-waste/
  2. vegetables: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/blog/five-ways-cook-healthy-tasty-vegetables/
  3. fruit: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/nutrition-exercise/nutrition/fruit-nutrition-facts/
  4. sign up for our free newsletters: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/newsletter/
  5. yogurt: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/healthy-living/nutrition-exercise/is-yogurt-good-for-diabetics/
  6. cheese: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/nutrition-exercise/meal-planning/cheese-nutrition/
  7. eggs: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/healthy-living/nutrition-exercise/health-benefits-of-eggs/
  8. upside down: https://www.foodandwine.com/how/how-to-store-dairy-products
  9. FoodKeeper App: https://www.foodsafety.gov/keep-food-safe/foodkeeper-app
  10. Check it out here.: https://www.foodsafety.gov/keep-food-safe/foodkeeper-app
  11. “How You Can Reduce Food Waste”: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/healthy-living/nutrition-exercise/how-you-can-reduce-food-waste/
  12. “Is This Food Safe to Eat?”: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/healthy-living/nutrition-exercise/is-this-food-safe-to-eat/

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