The top ways to keep your groceries fresh for longer

The top tips to keeping your food fresh for longer have been revealed in a viral Facebook post. 

Shared to the group Five Minute Magic, the unusual tricks include keeping your loaf of bread fresh by adding a stick of celery, keeping your biscuits from going stale by adding a slice of bread, and, strangely, adding salt to your milk. 

Elsewhere it is revealed how adding butter to your cheese will make it last longer, and rinsing your strawberries in water and vinegar will prolong their shelf life. 

The video quickly racked up 1,000 likes and comments from impressed followers keen to make the most of their groceries.  

Clever ways to keep your food fresh longer:

Posted by 5-Minute MAGIC on Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Milk 

The video reveals that adding a sprinkling of salt to your milk will make it last longer, explaining that the mineral 'slows down the souring of milk'

The video reveals that adding a sprinkling of salt to your milk will make it last longer, explaining that the mineral 'slows down the souring of milk'

The video reveals that adding a sprinkling of salt to your milk will make it last longer, explaining that the mineral ‘slows down the souring of milk’

The video reveals that adding a sprinkling of salt to your milk will make it last longer, explaining that the mineral ‘slows down the souring of milk’.

According to the  experts, just a few grains of salt are enough to extend the expiry date on your pint.

The tip should ensure that you’re not left disgruntled when making that much-needed cup of tea. 

The salt draws water molecules out and replaces them with salt molecules equalising it, which lowers the water product activity and in turn the slows down most bacterial growth.

Bananas 

Bananas are said to last longer if you put their stem in a small glass of water, as this will stop them releasing ethylene gas from the stem section as quickly, keeping them riper for longer.

Bananas are said to last longer if you put their stem in a small glass of water, as this will stop them releasing ethylene gas from the stem section as quickly, keeping them riper for longer.

Bananas are said to last longer if you put their stem in a small glass of water, as this will stop them releasing ethylene gas from the stem section as quickly, keeping them riper for longer.

Bananas are said to last longer if you put their stem in a small glass of water. 

A video test sees how it makes them last for up to three weeks, while those not in water go completely black. 

This will stop them releasing ethylene gas from the stem section as quickly, keeping them riper for longer. 

Biscuits 

Simply placing a slice of bread in with the biscuits is said to slow down the process of the baked goods going stale

Simply placing a slice of bread in with the biscuits is said to slow down the process of the baked goods going stale

Simply placing a slice of bread in with the biscuits is said to slow down the process of the baked goods going stale

There’s nothing worse than a soft cookie, and according to this video – the best way to prevent it is quite simple. 

Simply placing a slice of bread in with the biscuits is said to slow down the process of the baked goods going stale. 

This works as the cookies absorb the moisture from the bread, keeping them fresh for longer. 

Cheese 

The video shows how buttering your cheese will make it last longer, preventing it from going moldy

The video shows how buttering your cheese will make it last longer, preventing it from going moldy

The video shows how buttering your cheese will make it last longer, preventing it from going moldy

 The video shows how buttering your cheese will make it last longer, preventing it from going mouldy. 

This works as the protective layer of butter will keep air from oxidizing and delay mould growth butter is composed of fat.

Salt 

Adding grains of salt to your shaker is a well-known trick which helps to keep your salt separate

Adding grains of salt to your shaker is a well-known trick which helps to keep your salt separate

Adding grains of salt to your shaker is a well-known trick which helps to keep your salt separate

Adding grains of salt to your shaker is a well-known trick which helps to keep your salt separate. 

Rice grains absorb the moisture in the air around them, preventing the grains of salt from clumping together and blocking up the shaker. 

Bread 

The video shows how adding a stick of celery to a loaf of bed will combat that famous problem of it going off too fast. 

The bread absorbs the moisture from the celery stick, which is 95 per cent water, and stops it drying out and going mouldy faster.

Lemons 

Lemons can be preserved for up to six months simply by slicing them into four quarters and adding salt and water

Lemons can be preserved for up to six months simply by slicing them into four quarters and adding salt and water

Lemons can be preserved for up to six months simply by slicing them into four quarters and adding salt and water

Lemons can be preserved for up to six months simply by slicing them into four quarters and adding salt and water. 

The salt draws out their moisture and causes them to soften over time, making preserved lemons. 

Tomato sauce 

Make it last longer by dividing the sauce into an ice cube tray and taking out the cubes when you need them

Make it last longer by dividing the sauce into an ice cube tray and taking out the cubes when you need them

Make it last longer by dividing the sauce into an ice cube tray and taking out the cubes when you need them

That dreaded problem of the jar of tomato sauce you use for your pasta going off to fast is well known.

Make it last longer by dividing the sauce into an ice cube tray and taking out the cubes when you need them.