We often prepare extra food at meals to make lunch easier the next day. Keto freezer meals made ahead of time are a way to work smarter, not harder. This post will answer the top questions about the best ways to store keto foods.
Best Ways to Store Keto Foods
I get questions all the time on social media in regards to how I store Keto foods. How do you store it all when you spend a lot of time preparing food? Success is often determined by how well you plan on the Keto diet. Some foods take to prep, and if you are like me, I want my leftovers to taste fresh, which is why storing foods properly is essential. 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 place them in an airtight container and keep them in the fridge. The secret to maintaining fresh herbs is to store them in water, just like you would flowers. Then, when you’re ready to use them, 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 the longest.
Should I refrigerate and how long
I store all other leftover foods in the fridge or the freezer, except for my Homemade Cheese Cracker Crisps that I store on the counter to stay crisp. Although my hubby thinks I’m somewhat OCD about 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 bread and sweet treats for up to a week.
Don’t store in the fridge door
Don’t store your make-ahead keto meals in the fridge door when you have cooked up your Keto deliciousness. Instead, place it on the shelves inside the fridge. Food can go bad quickly in the door of the refrigerator 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. I aim 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 into the garbage.
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Place Keto food in easy storage containers
We eat a lot of leftovers around here, so I need storage containers. Pyrex storage containers are my favorite for the safest and easiest way to store. I have Pyrex containers we received as wedding gifts over 25 years ago that are in excellent shape today. Pyrex storage containers are a good option because they’re made of glass, and you can heat them in the microwave without a mess. My favorite part of Pyrex is that you have easily identifiable lids that 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.