Knowing on how to store your ingredients properly would help your food to stay fresh until the time you’re ready to use or serve them.

Here are 10 tricks and tips on how to keep your ingredients or condiments fresh before serving:

1.) Use recycled colored wine bottles to store used oil for reuse. Clean it properly before using. Line a funnel with a piece of cheesecloth and pour oil into it, cover tightly with cork or cap.

2.) Keep salt from clumping by storing it with some rice grains. This will absorb excess moisture.

3.) Store hardened brown sugar with an apple slice to soften it again.

4.) Extend the life of fresh herbs by remove them from their packaging, rinse in water, dry well, spread on a paper towel, roll, then place in a resealable bag. Store in the chiller.

5.) Use a bamboo steamer to store vegetables like onions, garlic, turnips and potatoes that need to be stored in a cool, dry place with good air circulation.

6.) Store spices in a cool, dark place and not near the stove. Light and heat will cause spices to moist, have molds, and can lose their flavors.

7.) Keep dry goods like sugar, rice, flour, and pasta in an airtight containers. Store with one or two bay leaves to keep bugs away. Make sure to store them in a dry and cool place.

8.) Store leftover broth, cream, juices, and other liquids by freezing them in ice cube trays. Once frozen, transfer to a resealable bag and label them. Use as needed.

9.) Transfer boxed ingredients like sugar, flour, baking powder, cornstarch, or powdered herbs to a clear, airtight containers, label each one accordingly and put the expiration dates, if necessary. To avoid mix-ups and expired products.

10.) To keep empty airtight containers from smelling: throw in some baking soda or salt before storing. This will help to absorb moisture. Make sure to rinse it well before using.

Make sure to clean your storage areas frequently to prevent your ingredients and some condiment from spoilage. Transfer your leftover foods, ingredients, and snacks or chips to a clear airtight containers and stack them properly for the next use.

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