22 clever money-saving food tips and tricks!

22 clever money-saving food tips and tricks!

1. Keep salads fresher for longer

A great way to stop bagged salad from wilting too quickly is to place a folded up sheet of kitchen paper in the bag before you reseal it. This will absorb the excess moisture keeping the leaves fresher for a longer period of time.

2. Don't let salt harden

Put rice in your saltshaker to stop the salt from hardening. The rice will absorb condensation that can cause clumps.

3. Stop potatoes going bad

Don't store potatoes in the plastic bags they come in. Place them in a cool, dry, dark place, ideally in a cloth bag and away from strong-smelling foods like onions.

4. Keep copper polished

You can use ketchup to polish copper. Just apply a thin coat of the condiment, and rub off with a clean rag.

5. Use up leftover mash

Form cold mashed potatoes into little balls, dip in beaten egg, coat in bread crumbs, and sauté or deep-fry to make croquettes. You can also mix in crabmeat or salmon.

6. Keep celery crunchy

Keep celery sticks fresher for longer by wrapping them in foil and storing in the fridge. They should keep for a few weeks.

7. Keep honey runny

Believe it or not, honey is the only nonperishable food substance, so don't get rid of it if it crystallises or becomes cloudy. Microwave on medium heat, in 30-second increments, to make honey clear again.

8. Freeze eggs

If you can't eat your eggs quick enough crack them open and beat them with a little salt or sugar to stabilise the yolks. Pour into an ice cube trays and freeze. Use within six months for omelettes, scrabbled eggs and baking.

9. Turn leftovers into stock

Don't throw away the leftover lamb leg bones, fat and scraps of meat as these can be used to make a freezable batch of lamb stock. Simmer the bones and meat for about 2½ hours. Add little white wine, or chopped tomatoes to make it less rich.

10. Prevent bananas from browning

Avoid separating bananas until you plan to eat them as they spoil less quickly in a bunch.

11. Keep champagne bubbly

Don't throw away sparkling wine or champagne that's gone flat. Restore the bubbles by dropping a raisin or two into the bottle. The natural sugars will work magic.

12. Repel bugs

A bay leaf slipped into a container of flour, pasta, or rice will help repel bugs.

13. Prevent leftover pasta from hardening

Store extra pasta in a sealed plastic bag and refrigerate. When you're ready to serve, throw the pasta in boiling water for a few seconds to heat and restore moisture.

14. Save leftover yoghurt

A large pot of yogurt that's almost reached its use-by date can be frozen in an ice cube tray to then be added to smoothies and sauces, or defrosted to top a fresh fruit dessert at a later date.

15. Clean stainless steel

Rubbing alcohol will remove spots from stainless steel. Simply pour a little of the liquid on a cotton ball and wipe over problem areas.

16. Check if eggs are in date

Don't automatically throw away eggs that are past their sell-by-date always check by placing them in a deep bowl of water. If they float they're off but if they sink they're still fine to eat.

17. Save your cheese

You can freeze cheese! After serving, put leftovers back in the original package, wrap tightly in plastic, and freeze. Defrost in the fridge a day before serving. This trick works best for soft cheeses with a high fat content.

18. Ripen fruit quickly

To ripen fruit overnight, place it in a paper bag with an apple. Apples release ethylene gas that hastens the maturing process of other fruits.

19. Keep veggies crunchy

When radishes, celery, or carrots have lost their crunch, simply pop them in a bowl of iced water along with a slice of raw potato and watch the limp vegetables freshen up right before your eyes.

20. Keep herbs fresh

To keep herbs tasting fresh for up to a month, store whole bunches, washed and sealed in plastic bags, in the freezer. When you need them, they'll be easier to chop, and they'll defrost the minute they hit a hot pan.

21. Revive muffins

Bring day-old muffins back to life by sprinkling them with water, place in a paper bag, and pop in a hot oven for five to 10 minutes. The steam created by the water will restore moisture.

22. Don't waste wine

If you can't finish a bottle of wine quick enough freeze the dregs in ice cube trays drop them into stews, stocks or sauces for added flavour.