18 Kitchen Products That Will Help You Stop Wasting Food
You can reduce food waste (and save money!) by simply having the right gadgets and tools in your kitchen.
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Keep it fresh
Don’t you hate when you have the best of intentions to eat a healthy salad with all the trimmings for dinner only to head to the fridge to find out the lettuce is wilted, the cucumber is slimy, and the cheese is moldy to boot? These products put an end to wasted food to save you both money and another trip to the store.
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Produce freshness balls
Some fruits and vegetables (like apples) produce ethylene gas, which speeds up the ripening process. Each Bluapple ball contains a packet that absorbs ethylene gas and extends the life of your produce. Just pop one among your apples, avocados, and bananas to extend freshness. Make sure you know the fresh foods you should never store together.
Why it made our list: This investment will help protect expensive ethylene-sensitive produce, like avocados and bell peppers.
Veggie saving reusable bags
There’s nothing quite like biting into a crisp, crunchy carrot; and nothing quite as disappointing as biting into it only to find it has turned limp. That’s where these veggie saving reusable terry cloth bags from Uncommon Good come in. The next time you get home from the store or farmer’s market, simply moisten the bags then slip your produce in and pop it in the fridge. The humidity will keep your veggies fresh for longer.
Why it made our list: You can also use these bags at the store in place of plastic veggie or fruit bags and it’s machine-washable. You’ll also want to know these 12 tricks to keep fruits and veggies fresh for longer.
Produce saver containers
Having fruits and vegetables go bad before you have a chance to eat them is a common problem. FreshWorks containers make your produce last longer thanks to a crisping tray in the bottom that keeps moisture away. Find out the food storage guidelines you might not have known about.
Why it made our list: This dependable Rubbermaid product has more than 1,000 positive reviews on Amazon!
You can be a pro with plastic wrap and still not get an airtight seal on that bowl of leftover soup you’re hoping to eat for lunch tomorrow. This set of five Perfect and Simple silicone reusable suction lids is the solution. You just push down to create a seal.
Why it made our list: You can also use these silicone lids in the microwave to prevent splatters and since it’s reusable, it’s more eco-friendly, too. Plus, check out this guide on how to store every type of leftover food.
Potato preserving bag
You won’t have to throw out spoiled potatoes anymore thanks to this potato bag. The breathable blackout lining and drawstring closure help create the cool, dark, and dry environment potatoes love. We also love that it can be hung from a hook, or placed on a shelf. (And remember, potatoes should never be stored with onions.)
Why it made our list: This bag is made from hessian fabric, also known as burlap—a sustainable natural material.
Produce sheet savers
Simply toss one piece of FreshPaper Produce Saver Sheets in a bowl with your berries, in a bag with your lettuce, or even directly in the crisper drawer with your fruit to keep your produce fresh for days longer. Once it has done its job, toss the biodegradable sheet in with your compost.
Why it made our list: One reviewer noted it kept her iceberg lettuce fresh for two and a half weeks! Make sure you know which 20 foods you can ruin by storing it in the refrigerator.
Onion, tomato, and garlic savers
Leftover ingredients often get thrown in wasteful plastic bags, put back in the refrigerator, and forgotten. Instead, save your partially used onions, garlic, and tomatoes in this food saver set, which includes four reusable containers, each shaped like the food it’s meant to store.
Why it made our list: This set will preserve leftovers—and contain stinky food odors to keep your refrigerator fresh.
Your avocado is finally perfectly ripe and you’re all set to make guac. Unfortunately, the tortilla chips you bought the same day and couldn’t resist opening are now stale. Invest in these barrette style ANPHSIN chip clips to help maintain the crispy crunch of chips, crackers, cookies, and more. And for the next time you buy an avocado, find out how to ripen one in under ten minutes.
Why it made our list: These clips are easy for all ages—from child to senior—to snap and unsnap in place.
If you know the frustration of throwing out a bag of lettuce before you even get the chance to eat it, then you need a lettuce keeper. This hard-working container has an adjustable vent for optimal air circulation, and a reservoir at the bottom to catch excess water.
Why it made our list: You can wash your lettuce right in the container!
Ice cube trays
Ice cube trays aren’t just for ice—you can use them to freeze wine that’s about to go bad, fresh-squeezed lime or lemon juice, or even chopped herbs in perfectly sized portions for use in future recipes. This tray from OXO is BPA-free, dishwasher safe, and comes with a cover to prevent your “ice” from absorbing freezer odors.
Why it made our list: More than 1,000 reviewers have given these trays an average score of 4.6 stars on Amazon. Find out 10 other foods you had no idea you could freeze.
Silicone food huggers
Step away from the plastic wrap! These reusable Food Huggers are the perfect solution for half-eaten produce. Simply press the fruit or vegetable into the silicone Food Hugger and watch as it wraps snugly around the edges and keeps it fresh.
Why it made our list: This nifty invention helps us cut back on using plastic wrap, foil, and plastic bags.
If you’re really serious about not wasting food, it’s worth it to invest in this FoodSaver Space-Saving Food Vacuum Sealer that creates an airtight seal to help your food last up to five times longer. It’s particularly helpful for wholesale club shoppers who buy food in bulk as you can perfectly portion dry goods, meats, and more to store for later use. Find out how to save even more money when buying in bulk.
Why it made our list: It’s smaller in size than other vacuum sealers and works with both 1-quart and 1-pint bags.
More than 1,000 Amazon reviewers agree: the Debbie Myer GreenBoxes really do work! They’re made to reduce ethylene gas, making fruits and vegetables last longer in your fridge or on your counter.
Why it made our list: This set of GreenBoxes is a smart replacement for regular plastic storage containers.
Cheese storage container
Cheeseaholics take note: this Rebrilliant Dearborn Cheese Storage Container is billed as the next best thing to having your own personal cheese cave. The innovative double-layer container lets your cheese breathe, while simultaneously preventing it from drying out.
Why it made our list: It works for both our favorite hard cheeses including Parmigiano-Reggiano and soft ones including St. Andre triple creams.
There’s a reason bread boxes have been around since the 1800s! Keep bread fresh for longer in a bamboo bread box. The moisture from the bread raises the humidity in the box, but the lid isn’t airtight, which means air circulation can keep it from getting too moist. The result is the perfect environment for fresh bread. Find out the best thing to do with leftover bread crust.
Why it made our list: Our sister editors at Taste of Home tested this bread box to see if it kept bread fresher than storing it in a plastic bag. It worked!
Pet food storage container
It’s not just your food that needs preserving, it’s your dogs’ and cats’ too. This IRIS USA airtight food storage container keeps out moisture, humidity, and pests to keep your pet’s food nice and crunchy, just how they like it. Thanks to the translucent body, you’ll never unexpectedly run out of kibble.
Why it made our list: We like that this container has casters so you can wheel it from your storage closet right to their bowl, which comes in particularly handy if you buy your food in bulk.
No more wilted herbs! Save those fresh herbs from the threat of being thrown out with an herb saver. Place herbs into the pod and close the clear cover, then add fresh water to the reservoir. It could extend the life of your herbs for up to three weeks!
Why it made our list: We love cooking with fresh herbs but don’t love throwing out what we don’t have time to use. This is the ideal solution.
Dry goods containers
Neat rows of clear containers not only make your pantry look beautiful and organized, but it also helps your dry ingredients last longer and reduces the chances you’ll have to throw out items that have gone bad. We love this OXO Good Grips set because each container has a “pop” lid that guarantees freshness. Simply push the button to engage an airtight seal.
Why it made our list: The containers in this set are stackable, making it easy to organize your pantry space. Next, read on for the pantry organization tips you’ll wish you knew sooner.
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