You know, if there were one person – living or dead – who wouldn’t get a single thing out of the blog you’re about to read, it’s Elvis Presley, a man who just didn’t wonder about how to reduce food waste. Never one to let his fridge containers get lonely, The King is reputed to have consumed at least 10,000 calories a day, roughly the equivalent of 14 double Quarter Pounders with cheese from McDonalds. If you could eat like Elvis did, you’d have no problem gobbling up all of your groceries before they spoiled. But unless you have a secret stash of chart-topping singles hiding under your bed, your dependents will be out of luck when you twitch your way off this mortal coil at age 42.
If you need to know how to reduce food waste without resorting to crazy tactics like overstuffing yourself or feeding your leftovers to your hound dog, it’s time to review some ways to preserve refrigerated foods until you’re ready to eat them.
The Four Easiest Ways to Reduce Food Waste
1. Keep veggies fresh with water. Placing cut vegetables in water helps them stay fresher longer. To keep sliced carrots crisp for a couple of days, just place them in a covered bowl of water. That’ll help their cells remain infused with liquid, which is what makes them crunchy.
2. Use Tupperware food storage containers. Why do we place leftover food in plastic fridge containers? Whether we realize it or not, the most important function of a sealed container is to restrict airflow across the surface of our foods. Doing so helps keep leftovers from drying out, but more importantly than that, a protected pocket of air helps prevent new bacteria or mold spores from alighting on that stew you’re saving for later. A simple barrier like a Ziploc bag or a plastic fridge container will usually give you an extra day or two of shelf life, no matter what you’re trying to preserve.
3. Perform refrigerator mold removal. Leaving a container full of marinara sauce in the fridge for a week isn’t a food preservation tactic – it’s a 6th-grade science experiment. Before you know it, that ruby-red sauce will bloom with gray mold. The same goes for strawberries and all kinds of other foods, and once that mold is in your fridge, it’s in there. Removing everything from your fridge and cleaning the appliance with bleach should kill all traces of fungi, but that’s a lot of work.
If only there were a way to put a stop to this process before it begins. You know, some sort of totally natural disinfectant that could neutralize mold and bacteria on contact. Hmm…
4. Use an ozone machine. Ozone is a powerful natural oxidant that is created in the atmosphere when UV light or electrical storms cause three oxygen atoms to hold hands. Because that third oxygen atom is weakly bound, it’s free to combine with other molecules, where it can change the way they function. If you’re a tiny bacterium or a mold spore with lots of molecular parts on your skin, that’s bad news. When you place an ozone machine in your fridge, it’ll help keep meats, dairy products, fruits and vegetables fresher longer, and that means you’ve got more time to consume these foods before they go bad.
It’s a Fridge Odor Remover Too?
Besides its ability to keep foods fresher longer, ozone serves as a natural fridge odor remover by helping to limit the growth of bacteria and mold spores on surfaces. If the air smells a bit funky when you open the fridge door, The Ozonator could eliminate the problem once and for all. It’s just another reason why number four is our favorite tip of all.
Have you had success using an ozone machine or other measures to preserve food or freshen your fridge? If so, let us know about them in the comments section.