Extending the Life of Food From A to Z: Letter I

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Letter I

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 “I” which you can purchase in bulk when you find a great deal!

Italian sausage is great in a lot of dishes – here are some tips for storing:

  • Do not open until ready to use.
  • It is good in the refrigerator for 1 – 2 days after purchase.
  • Wrap package in foil prior to placing in the deep freeze.
  • It is usually good for up to 2 months (sometimes longer if properly packaged).

When you find a good deal on ice cream, you might want to grab a little extra for your freezer.  Just keep these tips in mind:

  • Do not allow ice cream to repeatedly soften and re-freeze. When ice cream’s small ice crystals melt and re-freeze, they can eventually turn into large, unpalatable lumps.
  • Store in the main part of your freezer – never on the door (keep in a ziploc bag to make it soft to scoop)
  • Do not store near uncovered food as the ice cream can absorb the flavor
There have been some great deals on Ice Cream Toppings lately.  Here’s how to extend the life:
  • The ice cream toppings can be good for up to 2 years if left unopened and stored in a cool dry place.
Here are some things to keep in mind when storing Italian Bread:
  •  Keep in a  cool dry place in your kitchen for optimum flavor/quality.
  • If freezing, wrap in foil and place in your freezer.
  • When properly packaged, it can be good for up to 3 months in your freezer.


Make sure you check out ALL of the tips we’ve shared – just click the letter for the food you want to know more about!!

A        B        C        D        E      F     G     H