Coupon Class Tip: Storing your Stockpile

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Whether you coupon or not, you want your food to stay fresh for as long as possible.  I bet we have all had to dump out spoiled milk or rotten produce at least once in our lives! Check out these easy tips to help keep your food fresher, longer!

If you coupon, and have  a stockpile, it is even more critical for you to know how to make your food last (because you probably have more of it!).

The cornerstone of extreme, or as I like to call it “strategic”, couponing is to stock up when items are at their lowest price. This is whether you use coupons or not.

For example, buy your produce in season, when it is on sale. Maybe buy a bit extra of the produce that is on a really good sale.

When bread is half price, buy extra!  You can always freeze it!

When loads of other items in your grocery store are on sale, combine store coupons, manufacturer coupons, ecoupons and catalina deals for incredibly low prices and STOCK UP.

In my coupon classes, I also briefly discuss storing your stockpile. If you have dry goods in your basement or garage, keep them in a closet or container to keep  out critters.  Think about how heat or cold or dampness will affect the food you are storing and store accordingly.

Also, look at the dates of your food and use the oldest food first.  Put the new food you just bought, in the back of your stockpile.

Sometimes other questions come up, like can I use this after the expiration date?  I have a surplus of bread, where should I store it?  Why does my milk keep spoiling so fast?  What to do in a power outage? and lots more.  (Maybe you don’t have questions, but I have questions all the time. I call my mom and get 1 answer, ask Keith and get another answer).

Well, that is why I am so happy to have found this helpful article and chart on how to store food and make it last longer.

Because what good is a stockpile if you are storing it incorrectly and it spoils before you can eat it, right?

The article From Freezer to Fridge, Pantry to Counter,  answers a lot of the questions I just listed, plus lots more.  But what is really awesome is the chart they have showing you where and how to store all of your groceries in your kitchen!

Here are some super easy tips I learned from the article –

  • Set your refrigerator’s temperature to 40 degrees, you are wasting money if you set it lower
  • Don’t overstuff your fridge, air needs to circulate to keep everything cold
  • Set your freezer to 0 degrees, any lower and you are wasting money
  • If there is a power outage, food will last in a full freezer for 48 hours.  It will last in a half full freezer for up to 12 hours.  You should keep your freezer as packed as possible.

Useful Food Storage tips

  • Store leftovers in the smallest containers possible and seal them well, this will prevent bacteria from growing due to air exposur
  • Store apples away from other produce, they cause other produce to ripen faster
  • Tomatoes become mealy in the fridge, so keep them on the counter
  • Apples, clementines, grapefruit, kumquats, lemons, limes, oranges, pomegranates and watermelon can be kept at room temperature
  • Store Milk and eggs above the crisper, that is the coldest part of the fridge and will help them last longer. Don’t store them on the door of the fridge, because it is not as cold

I can tell you one thing already, I have been storing my apples, tomatoes, eggs, milk, and chicken wrong!!   The chart not only indicates where and how you should store your food, but they explain why.

So I highly recommend, checking out this free food storage chart reading the rest of the article, by signing into Learnvest for free here! Then take a look at your pantry and fridge  and make sure  your food is all stored correctly, so that it lasts as long as possible!  You can

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I truly loved this chart and article and highly recommend taking a look at it, if you have a stockpile or just want to make your food last longer!

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