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Tips to keep your groceries fresh longer

Tips to keep your groceries fresh longer
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When you go grocery shopping, the food you buy looks fresh, delicious and at the peak of its freshness. You might imagine the meals you'll cook that your family will love.

Yet, somehow, you end up throwing away a lot of those groceries a few days or weeks later. In fact, up to 40% of the food that we buy ends up in the trash, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. That's $165 billion thrown in the trash each year.

One reason for all that wasted food, and money, is improper food storage. It's easy to be unsure if food is fresh. Like, a limp leaf of lettuce: Can you eat it, or should you toss it?

Or, if you buy a gallon of milk, how long can you keep it in the refrigerator? Can you freeze milk? How about eggs?

The site StillTasty is an easy-to-use resource to find out. You can type in any food item in its search window, and it'll let you know how long to store it, and whether or not you can put it in the freezer.

Next page: How long can you keep it?
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