Extending the Life of Foods From A to Z: Letter E

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We are continuing with our series on how to save on groceries — even if you don’t have a coupon!   These items below are things we need, and we purchase, even if we don’t have a coupon or one is never available.  Here are a few food items, beginning with the letter “E” which you can purchase in bulk when you find a great deal!

When it comes to storing Eggplant, here are a few tips:

  • When purchased, it will remain fresh in the refrigerated for 5-7 days, when left uncut.
  • To freeze eggplant, slice and then blanch into one gallon of boiling water with 1/2 cup of lemon juice (to prevent discoloring) for four minutes.  Then, place immediately into ice cold water.  Dry and place in air tight containers.
  • When frozen, eggplant can be good for anywhere to 6 -8 months.

 

Eggs can be stored, but you have to prep them accordingly if you plan on storing them for an extended period of time.

  • Separate the Yolks from the whites.
  • To store whites: place into airtight containers or plastic bags – place one white per bag so you have for easy measurement.  They can last up to 1 year in the freezer.
  • To store egg yolks:  pierce the yolk and then add in 1/2 teaspoon of salt for every one cup of yolks for those you will use for regular foods or add in 1 tablespoon of sugar for yolks you will use in baking.    Store in airtight bags or containers (make measurement notation on the bag).  They can last up to 1 year in the freezer.
  • To store hard boiled eggs: You will only want to freeze the yolks – the whites will be too rubbery to eat.  The yolks can be placed into an airtight container or bag and are good up to 3 months in the freezer.
  • Never freeze eggs in the shell as they contract when frozen and will crack (making a huge mess).

Egg noodles can last a long time if you follow these steps:

  • Empty the bag into an air tight container or place the original package into another larger air tight bag.
  • They can last up to 2 years, but the color/texture may slightly change.
  • Toss if they have an odor or very bad appearance.

 

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Comments

  1. Delphie thielen says

    On episode on “Doomsday Preppers” : a lady rubbed the outisde of the eggs with mineral oil and put them “somewhere cool and dark” for up to 9 months– or so she claims! I’ve never tried it so I have no idea if this works