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

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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 “R” which you can purchase in bulk when you find a great deal!  Yes – we did skip the letter Q, but there are only one or two foods which begin with “R”, so not enough information to share data.

Remember that when you purchase your produce, always measure so that you are as close to that per unit total as you can be (for example, if the sale is for 1 lb of a product, try to get 1 lb).

When it come to rice, it is a great staple which can be an additional (and inexpensive) filler to any meal.  This is certainly an economical food!

  • Name brand means nothing more – it is not better.  When you pay for the name brand, you pay for the name.  Stick with the store brand and you will not sacrifice quality and can save.
  • Rice keeps indefinitely.  Just watch for bugs which can get into your packaging after time.
  • You can store rice in your pantry, refrigerator or your freezer.  Just make sure the packaging is airtight.
  • This applies to all types of rice from whole grain to white.
Ricotta cheese is used in many Italian dishes, so it is a staple for many.  Here is some important information bout Ricotta Cheese:
  • It is good for 3 – 5 days after the best by date on the container.
  • You can freeze for up to 3 months.  In order to prevent freezer burn, you can place it into a plastic bag.  Keep in mind frozen cheese can lose it’s texture and is best in sauces, soups and casseroles.
  • Once opened, it is good for around 1 – 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
Love radishes?  Here is how to keep them fresh!
  • They are good for around 10 – 14 days in the refrigerator.
  • This vegetable does NOT do well frozen, so do not freeze it.
Here is another one of my favorite fruits – raspberries!!
  • Fresh, raw raspberries have a very short refrigerator life of 2 – 3 days.
  • You can freeze them and here is how:  Wash in cold water and pat dry.  Place on a cookie sheet in a single layer and then freeze.  Once frozen transfer to airtight containers where they can be good for up to 12 months!

My kids love raisins – and here is how to make sure that they are always fresh when you eat them — so you don’t throw them out and end up wasting money!

  • Store them in the refrigerator or the pantry for anywhere from 6 – 12 months.
  • If you live in a hot, humid location, storing them in the refrigerator can make them last longer.
  • If you freeze then, make sure that you place them in air-tight containers.

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   I    J    K    L     M     N     O   P   Q