Grocery nerds are the cool kids now


While no food lasts forever, it will last a lot longer when stored properly. Longer storage = fewer trips to the grocery store, plus cash savings—a double-win! Here are some of my best grocery nerd tips:  


Surprising freezer-friendly foods
  • Eggs: crack and mix up a bunch before freezing
  • Peanut butter: mix if needed and freeze right in the jar
  • Leftover tomato paste: pop that bit from the can into an ice-cube tray
  • Cooked rice: tomorrow’s fried rice doesn’t have to be literally tomorrow
  • Milk, butter and cheese: I like to grate my cheese first so it’s easy to add to recipes.


How to freeze foods
  • Airtight is key, whether in freezer-safe containers or resealable bags
  • Store soup 1 to 2 inches below the shoulders of a jar to avoid broken glass
  • Line a casserole dish with foil and overhanging sides. Once a lasagna or casserole is frozen, lift it out of the dish, wrap tightly with more foil to save freezer space
  • Fill ziplock bags and flatten them.  Freeze flat to make storing more effecient.


Expiry Date vs Best Before

These are not the same! Expiry dates are only on 5 types of foods in Canada, and should never be consumed after expiry:

  • Baby formula
  • Meal replacements
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Formulated liquid diets
  • Pharmacist-sold foods for special diets


Best Before

Yes, you can consume unopened foods past the best before dates—they just might not taste as good. Things like:

  • Orange juice
  • Cookies
  • Salsa

Once opened though, best before dates no longer apply. Store foods properly and use within 3 to 5 days.


Fridge Storage Tips
  • Set your fridge to 40˚F (4˚C) or below
  • Wash, dry and store produce in airtight containers: moisture is the enemy here!
  • Store eggs and dairy on the top shelf where it’s cold
  • Keep meat and fish in the bottom drawer



Fridge organizing tips
  • Place delicate foods at the front of the fridge: berries, salad greens
  • Group like things together: sandwich fixings, breakfast foods
  • Create a healthy snack bin for grab-and-go
  • Hide the chocolate in the back so only you can find it 🙂



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