Keep your food fresh longer with these brilliant hacks

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9 Simple Ways to Keep Your Food Fresh
There's no feeling quite as bad as leaving the grocery store with bags full of fresh, healthy food to only open your fridge days later and find it moldy or un-edible. Really, what's that all about? See the thing is, unlike microwave-ables, pasta and meat -- fresh food doesn't provide a tiny label on the side with an expiration date. Greens and fruit especially can go bad at any second and you won't even see it coming.

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While there's often no preventing fresh food from going bad entirely, there are ways to prevent it from going bad too quickly. So, if you're looking to keep your food fresh longer, then we've got some helpful tips for you. Check them out below and it just may save you another unnecessary trip to the grocery store.

1. Put paper towels in the salad drawer.

Lining greens with paper towel absorbs condensation -- since excess moisture can make foods wilt faster, this keeps them fresher for longer.

2. Don't separate bananas before eating.

The trick to stop them going brown is to keep them together as long as possible.

3. Put an apple in your bag of potatoes.

Apples produce ethylene gas, keeping potatoes fresher and firmer.

4. Keep apples away from other fruits and veggies.

Ethylene gas may be good for potatoes, but it's bad for almost everything else.

5. Wash berries in vinegar.

Extend their life by giving them a bath in 1 cup of vinegar and 3 cups of water before you put them in the fridge — this kills mold spores and bacteria.

6. Don't refrigerate your tomatoes.

To make the most of your tomatoes, keep them on a counter to ripen.

7. Wrap celery in foil.

Swap the original packaging for a sheet of aluminum foil to let the gas that spoils celery escape.

8. Keep mushrooms in a paper bag.

Storing them this way keeps them clean and dry.

9. Let avocadoes ripen at room temperature.

Keep avocados out till they're ripe then put them in the fridge and keep them ready to eat.

10. Put your onions in tights.

Put them in one at a time, knot between each bulb and keep them in a dark, dry place until you need them.

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Keep your food fresh longer with these brilliant hacks

1. Steer clear of coffee
First, if you're stressed, your body will react. Stress produces cortisol which hurts your body's ability to digest food, and if your fix to stress is coffee, we've got some bad news. Coffee can produce cortisol too, which means DOUBLE the hormone, and therefore, double the amount of body fat your body will store. Instead of coffee, try Detox teas.

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2. Sit down to eat
Don't eat all your meals on the go. Although it's great for time management, it's not great for your digestive system. So take a second to sit down and eat. This will help you digest your food.

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3. Drink lots of water
You have to hydrate! And this doesn't mean two glasses of water a day. Without water, your body will slow it's digestion down, and in turn store more fat around your belly. So make sure you're drinking around eight glasses of water each day.

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4. Eat nuts in moderation
There is a proper way to eat nuts, because they're so high in fat -- and that's in moderation. Also, if you soak them in warm water overnight it will help to neutralize the phytic acid, which can cause irritation to your digestive tract.

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5. Choose the right fat
And speaking of fat, some fats are your friend! Foods that are high in omega-3's help boost your metabolism and give you energy. They keep you fuller for longer, so you won't be reaching for those naughty snacks when that 4 p.m. slump hits.

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