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Tips on Keeping Food Fresh Longer at Our Apartments in Lady Lake, Florida

When food spoils, it can lead to unpleasant odors, messy clean-ups, and the possible contamination of other food. However, there are many ways to keep your food from spoiling prematurely, ensuring that you’ll not only avoid an unfortunate cleanup, but that your hard-earned dollars won’t go to waste buying food you’ll never eat.

These useful tips should help you keep your food fresh for longer at our apartments in Lady Lake, Florida:

  • Store fruits and vegetables separately – Fruits and vegetables not only spoil quickly, but can cause other food to go bad because of a chemical called ethylene. While not all fruit produces ethylene, it is a common enzyme that promotes the natural ripening of fruit, and fruit companies will often add ethylene to fruits to allow them to ripen and be sold more quickly. The biggest ethylene producers are apples, plums, peaches, tomatoes, bananas, avocados, and cantaloupes. Make sure to store them away from other produce, and if you want to refrigerate them, make sure to keep them in a separate drawer that is adequately vented to prevent ethylene buildup.
  • Watch your bread – Bread tends to spoil fairly quickly due to its high moisture and porous structure, which is a perfect recipe for mold. To keep your bread for longer, wrap it in an airtight bag and store it in a dry place, or keep it in your refrigerator. As soon as the bread begins to go stale, you can chop the bread into smaller chunks and bake it, creating tasty croutons. Since croutons are devoid of moisture, they can keep for far longer than standard bread.
  • Wrap your cheese – Remove your cheese from its original packaging. Then, rewrap it in a piece of plastic or wax paper, and put the wrapped piece of cheese in a plastic bag. This will allow it to keep for much longer. For even more increased longevity, moisten the plastic wrap or wax paper with just a dab of vinegar before wrapping. The acetic acid in the vinegar will inhibit the growth of mold.
  • Freeze the butter – If you need to keep butter for long periods of time, leaving it in the freezer will allow it to keep for up to six months longer than normal.
  • Eggs in Carton – Leaving the eggs in their original carton and placing the entire container inside the refrigerator will help them to stay fresh and edible for longer than if you just leave them in the refrigerator door.

By following these tips, you’ll hopefully be able to enjoy your fresh food for much longer. And if you’re looking for an apartment community with updated appliances and spacious kitchens, then The Quarters Apartment Homes may be just the place you’ve been looking for. For more information about our lovely community, contact our leasing office today.