As updates from the CDC, states, and cities continue to change and develop, there's one constant guideline that unifies us: stay home as much as possible. Cutting our errands down to just the essentials, like food, can help us minimise the amount of time we spend out in public places — and one way to successfully space our grocery trips as far apart as possible is by making the most out of what we already have in our fridges and pantries.
A general recommendation is to buy what you would need to live at home for at least two weeks — and purchasing goods with longer shelf lives, like canned legumes and dried grains, is a strategic way to build up those reserves. But, there are also a handful of tactics (in the form of savvy storage buys) that you can employ to make your fresh foods last longer, too.
Ahead, we break down nine useful ways to lengthen the lifespan of everything from your fresh herbs to delicate berries and beyond between that next big grocery run.
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