WATCH: How To Properly Store Common Grocery Items

Store these right to make the most of your grocery supply run.
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Coming home from the grocery store or picking up your groceries is common for many of us. We have to get our daily, weekly, or even monthly food supplies somehow! If you’re loading up on any of these grocery items, you need to know how to store them to make sure it lasts as long as it should.

Here are the food storage tips for common grocery items so you know how to keep these as fresh for as long as possible: 

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1 Kangkong: Store like flowers in water

Kangkong is a highly perishable vegetable. These leaves normally start to wilt within a day or two of purchase so it’s best to buy these on the day you’re going to be cooking sinigang or making apan-apan.

To keep it as fresh as possible, treat the stalks like a bouquet of flowers: place them in a container with the stems in water to make them last until you need them. 

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2 Carrots: Store in the refrigerator

Carrots are normally fine at room temperature but to make these last longer, place these in the refrigerator. Just make sure that these are unwrapped and free of any plastic. Carrots’ enemy is moisture and these root crops will start to turn soft and moldy when moisture is trapped by plastic containers or wrap. 

In fact, if there is one thing you should be doing with your vegetables, it’s freeing each one from its plastic container to allow these to breathe.  

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3 Sitaw: Store in the refrigerator

Yard-long beans, string beans, or plain sitaw are not as hardy as you think. There’s a reason why the best tasting green beans are the sitaw that still has a snap to them instead of being just floppy. These will stay fresh for around 3 days and up to around 5 days in the refrigerator if stored properly. 


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4 Bread: Store at room temperature

The best bread to buy is the bread that was baked the day you buy it. To make these last longer, you might think it would be best to place these immediately in the refrigerator when in fact, the dry cold air in the appliance will make bread become stale faster. Instead, store bread you intend to eat within 2 days on your counter or breakfast nook. Only refrigerate or freeze bread if you plan on making these for either French toast, salad croutons, or breadcrumbs.    

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5 Ketchup and other condiments: Store in the refrigerator once opened

Believe it or not but your condiments should be stored in the refrigerator. The only bottled sauces you can probably leave out are those that are fermented such as soy sauce, vinegar, and even patis or fish sauce. These will do just find in your pantry, stove side, or even on your table as long as the bottle is closed to prevent it from losing its potent flavor. 

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6 Milk: Store in the refrigerator once opened

Fresh milk that comes in cartons should be stored in the refrigerator for two reasons: you love cold milk or the pack is already open. There’s a reason why you find these packs on supermarket shelves and not in the chilled section. However, once opened these are best stored in the refrigerator as it’s no longer in a sterile container. Spoilage begins as soon as you open it. 

While you can store opened milk cartons on the door of your refrigerator, especially for easy access, milk is actually best stored on a shelf near the back to keep it staying fresh longer.     

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7 Lettuce: Store in the refrigerator between damp paper towels

Lettuce leaves, no matter what kind, should be stored in the refrigerator. These are fragile leaves and enjoy staying cold so much that if you have limp lettuce leaves, a dunk in ice-cold water will brighten and crisp up these leaves in minutes! 

However, as with all vegetables, too much moisture is the enemy and its leaves are best when kept dry. To store lettuce leaves at its optimal crispness, lettuce should be wrapped in paper or paper towels, slightly dampened to avoid drying out the leaves before being placed in the refrigerator.   

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8 Apples: Store separate from other fruits to avoid overripening 

Apples are notorious for making other fruits and vegetables ripen faster. That’s why these are ideal for storing separated from other fruits and vegetables, whether in the refrigerator or on your countertop. The only time these should be stored with other produce is to induce ripening.  

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9 Eggs: Store in the refrigerator 

Eggs will get old faster if these are not refrigerated. If you have ever seen a plump egg yolk, you know it’s a fresh egg. If you see a flat egg yolk whose egg white has basically turned into liquid instead of staying attached to the yolk, these are not as fresh eggs. To keep eggs are fresh as possible, store eggs in the refrigerator. The best place for eggs is in on a shelf near the back of the refrigerator but feel free to transfer a few eggs on the door for easy access every morning.

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10 Garlic and onions: Store at room temperature

Have you traveled to the provinces and seen ropes of garlic and onions hanging from the rafters? This is a clear indication that garlic and onions should be stored at room temperature. These aromatics will actually spoil faster when refrigerated so the best place for these two is in a bowl or container where it can stay cool and dry.    



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