The Normanator helped Mother Connie fix up a little demonstration about food storage. Pardon the extra items on the dining room table; we’ve had a busy morning! I’m sure you have, too. grin
The Romaine lettuce you see in the above photo is 11 days from purchase! It;’s hard to believe that lettuce could keep so well for so long. The bunch was fresh on the day it was purchased. It was rinsed and drained and then carefully wrapped in paper toweling. Then the whole business went into the plastic bag you see there on the table. It was important to squeeze the air out of the bag so the lettuce could stay cool and not turn brown. I only take out the leaves I’ll be using and the rest is re-wrapped and put back as I’ve described.
You see a roll of aluminum foil in the photo. If you bring a bunch of celery home, you can cut off both ends, rinse thoroughly and use those parts to make veggie broth.
SIDEBAR: To do that, you simply put those end pieces into a saucepan, add water, salt, pepper and any onion pieces you have. Put a medium heat under that and let it simmer until the celery is soft. Strain that and save in a jar or refrigerator container. It’s wise to MARK the date and contents because if it gets shoved to the back of the fridge before you use it, you might wind up with cooked garbage and that won’t save you a dime! END SIDEBAR
To save the fresh celery ribs, simply shake off the excess moisture and wrap carefully in a kitchen towel or paper toweling. Wrap aluminum foil around the entire thing, sealing it as you go to keep the oxygen from entering the foil package. Celery stored in this manner will keep a couple of weeks or longer. It will not get rubbery, either.
If you have some sort of system for using up leftovers, food storage is not a complicated issue. For instance, when I make a salad, I will often build more salad than we have appetite to eat. The leftovers then go into a refrigerator storage container such as the one with the yellow lid shown above, lined with paper towel. The salad goes into the container and is topped off with paper towel. The dry towels soak up any moisture from the veg and they will not turn brown before the next meal, when they can be slicked up as fresh as ever!
If you cook beans or rice or eggs ahead for use in making lightening fast meals, keep those in a designated area in the fridge so you won’t be growing science experiments! Make sure you rotate things so they don’t get yucky. It is perfectly acceptable to discard foods that take up room on a shelf but you know perfectly well your gang will not touch them with a 10 foot pole, let alone EAT them! The Kitchen Kops will never know and Mother Connie will never tell.
Many years ago, Mother Connie discovered FlyLady…this is a woman who struggled with home care and developed a system of managing house and home and figured out ways to get things done without upsetting your entire life. One of the things she taught me was to “boogie the fridge” on Wednesdays. Now, Wednesday is NOT the only day this can be done; you must make this idea work for YOU. So the notion is that on Wednesday, you look over the fridge, toss what is no good and use whatever you have. You can take this time to wipe up any spills, freshen the crispers, or take a dish cloth to the door but you are only allowed to spend no longer than 15 minutes for the whole project. If this idea appeals to you, you might like to try it out. If you are really excited about learning more of her system you can visit her site: FlyLady.net. She has a wealth of information there.
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