Most of us like it when the pantry is full. Having a good stock of groceries is on the to do list of most people I know. The problem with stocking up on food can be keeping it fresh while you aren’t using it.
It’s terrible to look forward to eating some potato chips through the day. Then you open them up, take a bite…and they are stale. The flavor has disappeared. It’s almost like eating greasy, cheap cardboard. Instead of dealing with this disappointment, try putting your chips in the freezer. They remain crunchy and the flavor lasts longer.
Cereal kept in the fridge takes months to go stale. I know this from experience. It doesn’t matter if it’s Cheerios or Corn Flakes. It doesn’t matter if they are in a box or in a bag. As long as your container is closed the cereal doesn’t go stale. I have kept these products in the fridge for two months, and still had a great bowl of cereal when I chose to eat it.
Having a large freezer that you keep in the house or in the garage is a great way to stock up on meat and have it last a long time. Just make sure that it’s packaged correctly to reduce the risk of freezer burn. It’s also important to date your meat and use what you first bought first.
Meat isn’t the only product that can be frozen for a rainy day. Bread products and milk can last quite a while when frozen. Bread products can include hot dog and hamburger buns as well as sandwich bread. One bread product I wouldn’t leave in the freezer would be tortillas. It has, in my experience, left them wet and pasty. They stick together. They aren’t great to eat. It’s better to keep tortillas in a dry, sealed container.
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