On food storing 5

On food storing (Email 5 of 5)

Grain and legumes

I extracted only two basic rules that would make your grain and legumes stay fresh longer.

It is very simple.

First, store them in airtight containers.

Put your produce in dark places. Less exposure to air and sun prolongs the life of your grain.

I know you have seen many pictures on Pinterest how women store their produce simply on the open shelf.

But it is not the right thing to do.

Let’s leave this for photo shoots and out of our real lives :)

At home, I prefer glass over plastic containers because of aesthetic and ecological reasons.

Second, try buying full grain (as opposed to flour). Full-grain stays fresh for twice as long.

Nuts and seeds

The biggest revelation about nuts was that you have to wash them before eating. It’s never on the labels, and I wonder why, actually.

So, if you want to store them for longer and eat directly from the jar, this is what you have to do:

  • wash them with running water and place them to dry.

  • place your nuts in the container where you will keep them.

For short term periods, like up to three months, it is OK to store them in your pantry.

Yet if you are going to store them longer, up to six months, I would highly suggest putting them in the fridge or even the freezer (you may freeze them for up to one year).

Just make sure you freeze them when they are completely dry.

Same as grains, whole nuts last a little bit longer.

Also, roasted nuts spoil pretty fast, so if you are buying nuts in bulk, consider buying raw nuts and roast them yourself.

Oh, and the last thing.

Label your containers. Write down the date so you could track if the product is still good to use.

Happy storing.

Austeja from Cerawrap.com