Best Ways to Store KETO Foods
I get questions all the time on social media in regards to how I store Keto foods. When you spend a bunch of time preparing food, how do you store it all? On the Keto diet, success is often determined by how well you plan. Some foods take prep, and, if you are like me, I want my leftovers to taste fresh, which is why storing foods properly is important. Don’t let all your hard work go to waste. Keep these tips in mind as you figure out how to store your Keto food.
Wash your produce in vinegar
Do you get frustrated when you do a Keto grocery run, and the food gets ruined quickly? As I mentioned in my post 5 Easy Meal Prep Ideas, a huge secret to your veggies and fruits staying fresh longer is washing them in a mix of water and vinegar. I loosely use one part vinegar to four parts water (without measuring) to soak my product. I always soak my fruit separate from my produce as berries tend to get soft very quickly, so they need to be washed, rinsed, and laid out to dry quickly, while I let my veggies soak for a few minutes. Not only will it help keep your veggies longer, but it will also get all the gunk off your fresh produce. You can then place them in an airtight container and keep it in the fridge. The secret to keeping herbs fresh is to store them in water, just like you would flowers. Then, when you’re ready to use them, just pull them out of the fridge to wash, cut, and use. Every fruit and vegetable has a different way of storage that you may want to research. If you have a variety of fruits and veggies, store like items together to last longest.
Should I refrigerate and how long
With the exception of my Homemade Cheese Cracker Crisps that I store on the counter to stay crisp, I store all other leftover foods in the fridge or the freezer. Although my hubby thinks I’m rather OCD when it comes to food storage and how long leftovers are good, I generally think that most foods are good for 3 to 4 days. However, I will eat keto breads and sweet treats up to a week.
Don’t store in the fridge door
When you have cooked up your Keto deliciousness, don’t store it in the door of your fridge. Instead, place it on the shelves inside the fridge. Food can go bad quickly in the door of the fridge because the temp is higher. You need your food to be cold to stay fresh and yummy!
Utilize your freezer
You won’t believe how good your freezer is for keeping the freshness of items. I often make a double batch of Sausage Ball Puffs and freeze some for a quick and easy breakfast later. If you have meat or anything else you won’t be using up right away, don’t be afraid to freeze it. If you aren’t good at remembering to use up the food you’ve placed in the freezer, write yourself a note. My goal is to use frozen foods before the three to four-month mark, but time can get away from me quickly. Six months is my max. After that, it goes in the garbage.
Place Keto food in easy storage containers
We eat a lot of leftovers around here, which means I need storage containers. Pyrex storage containers are my favorite for the safest and easiest way to store. In fact, I have Pyrex containers that we received as wedding gifts over 20 years ago that are in great shape today. Pyrex storage containers are a good option because it’s made of glass and you can heat it up in the microwave without a mess. My favorite part of Pyrex is that you have lids to go with the containers that are easily identifiable and they last for years.
These are just a few quick tips to keep in mind as you store your Keto food. Sometimes all it takes is trial and error to ensure the food doesn’t go bad.