Six Winning Tips For Keeping Organic Food Fresh

By Travis Ross / July 6, 2015

Organic food is amazing. It has been showcased time and time again that it’s better for you, it tastes better, and it is sustainable compared to other farming methods - it's just BETTER! But keeping organic foods fresh for long periods of time can be a challenge.

If you have recently switched to organic fresh foods, you are doing great. This sure beats processed foods in terms of taste, health, and more. However, there is a caveat that many people complain about. One of the biggest frustrations people deal with on a regular basis is that organic foods can end up spoiling a great deal faster than others. The reason being, there are no preservatives associated with it. When you aren’t using heavy chemicals, food will rot faster. That means you may end up losing money on your groceries every single week.

Don’t let this scare you. Instead of worrying about whether or not your organic foods are spoiling, learn how to keep organic food fresh. Read on and explore six tips that will help you gain the upper hand in this issue. Organic foods can be preserved, but you need to know a few simple tactics that can help with longevity.


Forget The Bulk Idea

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First and foremost, make sure that you consider your budget, time, and grocery store visits. Set aside the money that you want to put into groceries on a weekly, monthly, basis. Then instead of buying everything at once, buy only a few days ahead of your schedule, and map out your meals. This will allow you to buy a little at a time, and still continue to eat well. For families, if this sounds stressful, just consider balancing time, and finances a bit.

It might be somewhat irksome at first, but once you get it into a routine, you’ll see that this actually saves you time, and money. Not only that, you’ll have less food to worry about getting wasted due to spoilage.


Expiration Dates Still Matter


If you’re going to buy organics, aside from produce, make sure that you map out the date of expiration. These matter (well, duh!) You can easily plan ahead if you focus on the dates, and you mark them on your calendar. Make note of the dates on your smartphone (set an alarm), and if you have one of the higher end gadgets, you can potentially use voice commands to get this done simply and easily.

As the old adage says, a short pencil is worth more than a long memory. Take notes. Create reminders. It will pay dividends in terms of organic food storage.


The Right Temperature

One of the biggest mistakes people make is simple, they don’t adjust the temperature of their refrigerator. Even if you have an older model, you need to adjust the temperature. Refrigerators can be set at a wide variety of options, even if the dial only shows 3 or 4 options. With that in mind, make sure that you keep the degree field as around 38 and 40 degrees. You don’t want to freeze things in your refrigerator, but you don’t want things to be too warm either, so keep it at these numbers.


Clean Up Your Produce


When you purchase produce, make sure that you wash everything before you place things in the refrigerator. The reason being is simple, you want to clear any residue, dust, and other elements that could cause the produce to break down faster. Remember, produce goes on trucks, in boxes, plastic bags, and then gets placed into bins so that you can purchase them. There’s a lot of handling that goes into this, even if it’s organic. Cleaning the produce will give you a couple of extra days. You’ll be surprised how this works. Don’t use plastic bags, take things out, and clean things. This extra few minutes will help you gain a little extra time.


Be Mindful of Grains and Flour

grains and flour

Moisture is the enemy of grains and flour. There are several options that you can work within this arena. Take items out of their boxes and purchase containers for them. There are jars that you can buy, plastic containers, and more. I'm sure you've used them for just about everything - just make sure they're air-tight.

Make sure that you are mindful of where you store these, or you could end up with items that coagulate, or bond together because of moisture. Keep these in dry, cool places, and you’ll be fine.


Separating Meat


Meat is one of the hardest things to really gauge for people. Organic meat is great, but you want to make sure that you buy in bulk and then separate things fast. Within the same trip to the grocery store, take all meats out of their packaging, and store them away using freezer paper and foil. You want to ensure that these are wrapped carefully to last longer - air is the enemy here!

Always try and cook your refrigerated organic meat within 2 days of purchase (unless it's clearance - then do it ASAP!)  For the rest, make sure that you wrap it all up and store it in the freezer separated properly.

These tips are just 6 things that you should be considering to help organic shopping last a lot longer. Shopping for organic foods doesn’t mean that it will rot fast, if you take care of them properly. Test these tips out, and see how long your groceries can last. Hopefully it'll give you the upper hand in regards to your healthy living.

About the author

Travis Ross

Co- creator of Cooking Upgrades, Travis enjoys learning new tricks and tips in the kitchen and also preparing healthy and wholesome food. Coincidentally, he also enjoys eating it!

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