Sometimes the determination to lead a healthy lifestyle is hindered by obstacles. You want to eat better and devote time to cooking rather than going to restaurants, but it can be a challenge keeping food fresh at home. Time passes, and those fruits and veggies you have stored in the fridge turn brown and mold. You may become discouraged and wonder what’s the point in buying food to keep if it spoils before you use it. Is it possible to keep perishables fresh?

Given our busy work schedules, we may not have time to shop daily for our dinner. True, one can find plastic bags and special throw-away containers with snap-tight lids, but they do not always work. You may wonder which is best for storing fruit, vegetables, meats, and cheeses so they don’t turn colors after a while. When it boils right down to it, the best storage container for your ingredients is one that best keeps air away from your food.

Ever wonder why you go to the supermarket and see how certain foods are packaged in air tight containers? Air is what helps breed the nasty stuff that turns your food fuzzy and inedible. When you shop for steaks and cheeses that are sealed tightly in plastic, or peanut butter initially set out in containers, you will see that the air has been extracted. This allows for a better shelf life at the store.

So why not, therefore, have packaging at home that is also air-tight and helps your food last longer?

When deciding between plastic containers and bags with zipper-like closures, take into consideration how you schedule dinners at home. Do you plan your meals days in advance, or cook on the fly according to your cravings? This usually determines how long you’ll have food in the freezer or refrigerator, so what you use to store perishables should be able to last and prevent freezer burn and spoiling.

Plastic containers may work well to keep air out, but in time if you use too many you’ll find available space in your fridge and freezer comes at a premium. Bags may be more your speed, but it’s important to make sure they are sealed with as little air as possible. Flatten the bag close to the food you’re storing and push out the air before you snap the closures.

Better yet, if you are able to get a device that deflates all air and can turn your bag into shrink wrap, all the better. This is perhaps the best method for keeping food you don’t use immediately garden cup fresh, safe, and flavorful.

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