Extending the Life of Foods from A to Z: Letter S

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Letter S

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

Yum – strawberries!!  These can be enjoyed even in when not in season, if you correctly store them:

  • Fresh strawberries are good for up to 3 days in your refrigerator after purchased.
  • Make sure that you do not wash your berries until you are ready to eat them as the excess moisture can make them rot more quickly.
  • To free them, wash and remove the caps and stems.  Add 3/4 cup of sugar to each quarter and stir until dissolved.  Store in air tight containers for up to 12 months.
Ever wonder about how to store sour cream?  Here you go!
  • Sour cream will be good for up to 14 days after the “sell by” date on your package.
  • Do not freeze sour cream – it does not work well after it has been frozen.


During the fall you can find some really good deals on sugar.  So, how much should you stockpile at a time?  It depends upon how much baking you will do.  Here are some storage tips:

  • When kept in a cool dry area, tightly sealed, it will last indefinitely.
  • To keep it from hardening, place it in an airtight container and cover with a large sealed plastic bag.

Here are tips to extend the life of your next spinach purchase:

  • Fresh spinach usually lasts for around 5 days.  Do not wash it until you are ready to use (or it may spoil sooner).
  • To free, cut off of stems and wash.  Blanch in boiling water for two minutes and then chill quickly in cold water.  Drain water/moisture and then store into freezer bags where it can last up to 12 months.

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!!

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  1. says

    You need to correct your post:

    “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…, ”

    It should be a “S” instead of a “R”.