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Picnic Downtown and Food Storage

September 7th, 2015 at 12:32 pm

We delayed our shopping trip by a day, and the amount was about 75% of normal. So the food inventory is working, I guess! I also bought some pasta so we're now stocked for pasta until mid-December (we eat a pasta dish once a week).

Today F and I went downtown to have a mother-daughter day... we parked in the office, and walked about half a block to our favorite place for lemonades, and then had a picnic in Cathedral Park (next to our beautiful cathedral). I brought her a burrito and a sandwich for me, plus some tortilla chips, salsa, pickles and a nectarine. I keep a picnic blanket in the office.

There are tons of art booths downtown right now, and we wandered around a bit, talking, hanging out.

Tonight we're going over to some friends' for dinner. I'm bringing potatoes dauphinoise (they asked for a carb-y side dish).

When I was doing our food inventory yesterday I was thinking about food storage. We hardly ever have food waste, and it's partly because I've worked out how to store a lot of perishable foods.

avocados - I leave them on the counter to ripen, then put them in the fridge so they don't continue to ripen after they're already ripe!

lettuce or cilantro or spinach - I wrap with kitchen roll to absorb moisture from the "rain" in the vegetable aisle.

cheese - I put a piece of kitchen roll in there, too, once it's opened

bananas - I wrap stems with plastic wrap

flour tortillas - I keep these in the freezer and just take out one at a time; they last forever this way; we only use 2 or so a week.

herbs - I store leftover fresh herbs in ice cubes in the freezer

butter - I keep baking butter in the freezer and spreading butter in the fridge

bread - we keep our bread in the fridge (and extra loaves in the freezer)

Things I'm still not sure about: strawberries, applesauce (once it's opened it gets mold so fast; can you freeze it?). Any tips? Any other food storage ideas I haven't mentioned?

5 Responses to “Picnic Downtown and Food Storage”

  1. My English Castle Says:

    Sure--freeze applesauce in a ziploc with no problem.

  2. rob62521 Says:

    Or make applesauce muffins with the extra. Smile

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I'm wondering if you have any ideas on how to store my frozen fruit better. I currently have about 40 ziplock sandwich bags in gallon sized freezer bags with about a cup's worth of frozen fruit. I'm not sure if the bags will be reusable or not. I'd really like to figure out a better way to store the fruit - something easily reusable and something that won't take up so much room!

  4. Carol Says:

    When you say "kitchen rolls" do you mean paper towels? How do you use them with cheese-- do you use just the paper or plastic wrap too or...?
    For strawberries, I think I've tried rinsing with some vinegar in the water;however, I only read that this year and tried it this summer, so I'm not sure if it works yet.

  5. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Strawberries don't like water or being too close to each other, so if you eat some spread out the remaining strawberries in the carton to give them a bit of room. Also a trick I tried a couple of weeks ago when I was pre-cutting them the night before for breakfast smoothies- cut them, pat them dry with a paper towel, line a plastic food container with paper towel and put them in it, and the container back in the fridge. They will be perfectly fine in the morning.

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