Everyone one of us has the idea of a wonderland. Some in a theme park, several in a shopping mall and others in a grocery. A grocery? Why, yes! Those wondrous isles of greens and fruits, lined up chips and anything that satisfies your eyes and stomach. If you love these sights, then maybe it is time for you to be welcomed to the Titas’ Club of Manila! But, if you do not want to admit that yet and just go to the grocery for a little healthy food shopping, I know there are instances when you tend to buy too much of such freshness that end up spoiling rotten at home. If that is the case, I came to help you out with me yelling, FRIDGE RESCUE! Do not think I am crazy just yet for shouting that. I listed several things that you could do which are so easy-peasy!
BE GREEN-MINDED WITH YOUR GREENS!
Stop with that dirty thinking right there. If you have bought spinach by having Popeye as inspiration but cannot munch it all like he did, do not throw them out just yet! You can keep their freshness by washing the greens and putting them in a zip-lock bag lined with a paper towel.
Also, you could also freeze your greens! Lettuces for example can be chopped in individual portions which you can put in a freezer-friendly bag. If you have left over cilantro, and other greens of that type, you can put it in a blender, make a puree and pour it in an ice cube tray. This is perfect if you take smoothies. Just add the puree cube and voila! You have a part of greens in that healthy drink.
DON’T CHICKEN-OUT YOUR CHICKEN!
Chickens are good for healthy living as they bring a good dose of protein in that white meat. To longer the shelf life of chicken, instead of just putting them in the freezer, you can prep them beforehand. How do you prep? Just add olive oil, garlic and spices to the chicken bags. This also saves time for you as all you have to before cooking is to defrost them and proceed with cooking. Less time consumed, less hassle for you.
EXTRA HERBS? MAKE AN EXTRAVAGANT PESTO.
Too much basil or parsley? No worries. Just blend them altogether so that these wonderful herbs create a magnificent pesto that you could put in a pasta, a chicken dish and even fish.
WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU TOO MANY LEMONS, JUST PUT THEM IN WATER.
So if it happens that you have had too much lemonade, instead of letting lemons get moldy, just put them in the fridge in a bowl full of water. Lemons this way could last for almost three months. Save money, save lemons!
TOO MUCH BREAD WON’T KILL YOU
Yes, a moldy bread turned sandwich can kill you if consumed. So to prevent that misery, your bread can be put in the freezer for a longer shelf life and just thaw it whenever you have that bread craving. In a rimmed baking sheet with wax paper or parchment, arrange your left-over bread slices and put it in the freezer uncovered until frozen. Once the slices are frozen, transfer them to a resalable freezer bag, trying to remove as much air as possible. If you need to eat bread any time after, just pop one in a toaster or let them melt at room temperature. Don’t worry, the bread still tastes the same as it was before. Trust me (wink). Bread this way will last for almost six months.
LOVE THE AVOCADO’S OTHER HALF
What do you have to do when you cannot eat the entire avocado? Do not fret. Just spray the left-over avocado with a cooking spray, cover in a foil then refrigerate it to prevent it from browning. I know, to see is to believe. So why don’t you try it? There is no harm in trying.
SOUP IS THE ANSWER FOR EVERYTHING
How about other vegetables that I have not mentioned? No need to throw it away but throw them in a soup. Just add stock and spices, make a puree and freeze the rest for later.
See? Following these tips could take you a long way. Save your groceries, save your money.
So ‘til the next time, Fridge Rescue on the go!