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.