Inflation is driving up prices at grocery stores across the country. On my most recent trip to buy food for the month, I was shocked by the sharp increase in even the most basic of items like eggs, milk and bread. And don’t even get me started on the cost of other meats like chicken and ground beef; Even the traditionally cheap cuts are getting in there.
As these costs increase, I’m looking for ways to get creative when it comes to making the most of store-bought food. And one of those ways was reaching out to an expert in the industry to get tips on food preservation so I could make my groceries last longer.
“The things you struggle with in food preservation are things that spoil food, and oxygen is a Big The thing is,” Ash Fulk, executive chef of Fox Lifestyle Hospitality Group in New York City, told me. “At home, you can use FoodSaver, which will suck out all the oxygen. The oxygen is going to decompose the food. This food allows bacteria to grow outside of the U.S., so the less oxygen there is, the fewer bacteria you have.”
He also recommends using storage containers that will oxygenate food significantly, so that they last longer.
“Any container that can let oxygen out is what you want, and they’re what’s going to help preserve the food,” he said.
But in addition to focusing on the types of containers or bags, Fulk said the biggest tips for preserving food are to simply cook it, and incorporate meal planning into your life so you have less food wasted.
“If you have green beans and you see they’re about to get a bit wonky, cook them or pickle them. You’ll get a few more days out of them. Turn them into something and make sure nothing trashes I don’t go,” he said.
Below, we’ve rounded up several items to help you maximize your groceries and last longer than it takes to check out at the store.
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Anova Pak Vacuum Sealer
Zwilling Vacuum Seal Starter Set
This beginner-friendly meal prep set includes one pump, one medium container, one large container, two medium bags, and two small bags. The small rechargeable pump makes a great alternative to a regular horizontal countertop vacuum sealer because you can keep it in a drawer or cabinet when you’re done using it. The brand claims that using this system will keep your food fresh for up to five times longer than with vacuum sealing.
Rubbermaid Food Storage Containers
Amazon Basics 14-Piece Glass Container Set
glass containers in our place
bentgo meal prep container
a magnetic weekly meal planner
And to help sketch out your meals for the week, use this magnetic planner that can go right over your fridge to see exactly what you’re buying, how much you need and when you’re cooking it. The Notepad 50 comes with a 6-by-9-inch sheet.