Fruit and Vegetable Storage

strawberry1How Long Do Strawberries Last?

How long do strawberries last? The shelf life of strawberries depends when the strawberries were picked (since there is not usually a sell by date) and how they are stored.

Strawberries are a delicious fruit best in the spring and summer when they are fresh off the strawberry plant. Strawberries are a popular fruit because of their fresh sweet taste and ease of preparation – they can be eaten right off the stem (after rinsing of course) with little waste or used in hundreds of different ways.

So, how long do strawberries last? When properly stored, the shelf life of fresh strawberries past their picked or purchased date is approximately …

Strawberries Expiration Date

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Fresh Whole Strawberries last for 1-2 Days 5-7 Days 6-8 Months
Fresh Cut Strawberries last for 1 Day 1-3 Days 3-4 Months

Of course, strawberries last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. But remember, strawberries, like a lot of other fresh fruits, usually do not have a use by date or a best before date so you will have to use the date purchased. Sometimes when strawberries are purchased in a package it is labeled with the date the strawberries were packed into the container or there will be a best buy date on strawberries purchased frozen – this date can be used to calculate the eat by date.

How to tell if Strawberries are bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety techniques will help prevent foodborne illness.

Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if your strawberries have gone bad. Some common traits of bad strawberries are a mushy, soft texture and some discoloration and bruising and then mold will start to appear.

There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled foods so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your foods before their shelf life has expired!

How to store Strawberries to extend their shelf life?

Strawberries should be stored directly from the store (*do not wash) into a tightly sealed BPE free plastic air-tight container to keep out moisture and other contaminants, this will keep them fresh well beyond any other storage method. This tip is from a farmer and beats any other way to store strawberries, just be sure to *rinse your strawberries off immediately before use and leave the rest sealed for 5 days or even more depending on your container. If they begin to taste like plastic after several days, then your container may not be BPE free and some of the chemicals from the container are beginning to leak into the fruit (you should get new containers).

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Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

Food Waste Facts

There are 870 million people in the world today who are undernourished, according to the World Food Programme. That means one out of every eight people is not getting enough food—more than three times as many people as live in the United States.

It’s rather uncomfortable, in light of that daunting figure, to face the facts found in a new report released by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IME): Globally, we’re wasting four billion tons of food every year. In developed countries, we throw away as much as half of the food we buy.

 

How long are Strawberries good for when prepared in a dish?

How long do strawberries last? That depends. How long do bakery products last? In general, strawberries last only as long as the quickest expiring ingredient in the dish, but fresh strawberries will probably be one of the first ingredients to turn bad.

What are our shelf life resources?

In determining how long Strawberries lasts, our content incorporates research from multiple resources, including the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Food & Drug Administration. In addition, we scoured the web for informative articles and reports related to food safety, food storage and the shelf life of Strawberries.

*An important note about expiration dates…

Although the Strawberries shelf life information on Eat By Date is generally reliable, please remember that individual cases will vary and that our advice should only be taken as an opinion and not a replacement for your health care professional. Please eat responsibly!

 

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SNACKS CONSUMED IN THE US

Lets Take a look at the top 10 Snacks eaten in America

 

10. Crackers 3%

Top 10 Snack Foods Consumed in America - CrackersDo you prefer your cracker with peanut butter or with a slice of cheese? Either way – count the calories before you say that your scale is not working right.

9. Bars 4%

Top 10 Snack Foods Consumed in America - BarsThere are many types of bars – energy bars, protein bars, etc. Some of them are actually very nutrient, and that is why sportsmen are often consuming them. If you aren’t the type of person who exercises that much, feel free to skip them.

8. Cookies 4%

Top 10 Snack Foods Consumed in America - CookiesOh, those crumbly chocolate cookies, mmm! Don’t they make your mouth water? Just forget about the sugar and calories.

7. Nuts 5%

Top 10 Snack Foods Consumed in America - NutsWell, nuts are perhaps the healthiest snack food on this list of Top 10 Snack Foods Consumed in America up to now. They are full of minerals, vitamins, and healthy fats. Just be careful if you are consuming them with different toppings, a lot of salt, and other unnecessary destroyers of a healthy balanced diet. This is a good example how one thing that is truly healthy and rich in many vital nutrients can become unhealthy. It is our own fault.

6. Ice-cream 5%

Top 10 Snack Foods Consumed in America - Ice-creamOK, who can say “no” to ice-cream?! Dairy product – a lot of fat and sugar – not really a good choice for a healthy snack.

5. Breath Mints/Stripes 5%

Top 10 Snack Foods Consumed in America - Breath Mints/StripesI know what you are thinking – that is not food, that is not even a snack, it is just a breath mint. Ok, that sounds quite natural, but do you really think there isn’t any sugar in them, or even worse – those artificial, non-saccharide sweeteners? Besides that, every time when we start chewing on something or melting something in our mouth, our digestive system doesn’t know that we don’t consider it to be a snack. It just starts processing it.

4. Chips 8%

Top 10 Snack Foods Consumed in America - ChipsHow can you watch a movie without a bag of chips? Or go through a party without this delicious salty snacks? Well, you can if you have enough strength of character.

3. Gum 10%

Top 10 Snack Foods Consumed in America - GumYou are probably thinking the same thing you were thinking for breath mints (it is not a food), but once again we have an explanation for it – don’t forget that the first phase of digestion starts in our mouth! Also, many gums contain one of the unhealthiest artificial sweeteners –  aspartame. Never heard of it? It is time to learn something about it – it will help you stop this unhealthy ugly little habit of chewing gums.

2. Fruit 13%

Top 10 Snack Foods Consumed in America - FruitFinally, one more food on this list, besides the nuts that can be considered as very healthy. But if you have read our introduction very carefully, you have learned that there is only one way to eat this food right and enjoy all the benefits of it. You have to eat it on an empty stomach and not combine it with any other type of food. You may think you’re already doing that, but research topics about healthy dieting and learn how much time it takes to process some food – there are foods that are digested for more than 5 hours. Yes, there is big science behind all of this.

1. Candy 15%

Top 10 Snack Foods Consumed in America - CandyI guess there are more people on this planet that like sweets than those who like salty snacks. Or maybe more candies are consumed because kids were involved in this study? Who knows? I know we are not that surprised to see that candy tops this list of top 10 snack foods consumed in America.

info taken from www.insidermonkey.com/blog/top-10-snack-foods-consumed-in-america-371934/11/

Me I am really concerned that some of the old-time snacks didn’t specifically make the list

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Caring for your FACE

How-to-Get-Rid-of-Teenage-Acne[1]Washing your face seems like the least complicated part of your beauty routine, right? Turns out that there is a proper way clense your face. Some lathering habits can cause a whole list of skin woes, including dryness, irritation, oiliness, and breakouts. Check out these face-washing mistakes—and how fixing them can alleviate nagging skin problems.

1. :The wrong products
The right cleanser should completely remove dirt, makeup, and grime, but not strip away too much of your skin’s natural oils or healthy cells. Find one that does the job and is neither too gentle (you have to wash twice or scrub hard to cleanse thoroughly), nor too harsh (it makes your skin red and irritated or tight after drying).
2. OVERDOING
For the most part, washing once or twice a day is good protocol but any more can irritate skin, ironically leading to an overproduction of oil. If you dont use makeup, sunscreen, or sweat much skip the cleanser at night and try rinsing with tepid water. Giving your skin a break from the cycle of products is healthy from time to time
3. USING THE WRONG WATER TEMP
Myth: hot water opens pores and cold water closes them. The reality is that pores don’t have muscles to open and close. While hot water may feel good on your skin, it can screw with your skin’s natural, protective oils and lead to over-drying or over production of sebum. Lukewarm water is the best bet to cleanse gently yet effectively.
4. EXFOLIATING TOO MUCH
Exfoliation is a healthy practice to slough off dead skin cells, but it should be done in moderation. Cool it on grainy exfoliants (sugar scrubs and fruit acids are a gentler pick) and stick to exfoliating two to three times per week max. Use your fingers instead of a washcloth to prevent pulling and tugging of the skin.
5. NOT RINSING WELL ENOUGH
Skimping on rinsing leads to residue build-up, which can clog pores and dry out skin. Rinse thoroughly, every time. The jawline, hairline, and nose are the most commonly neglected spots, so show them some attention
6. USING IRRITATING INGREDIENTS
Do your face a favor and avoid irritating ingredients such as fragrances, colorants, and synthetic preservatives such as parabens. Sodium lauryl sulfate is another one to sidestep—it’s commonly used as a surfactant to wash away debris, but is also a common cause of irritation and allergic reaction. Always read ingredient
7. TOWEL RUBBING
Pat, don’t rub. Rubbing can feel really good, but it tugs and pulls your skin, which puts your elastin at risk. And don’t just grab the nearest hand towel, used or not. Friends don’t let friends spread bacteria—especially all over a nice, clean face. Assign a specific soft towel to b your fresh face.

8. WAITING TO MOISTURIZE
To maximize absorption and help seal in moisture, apply moisturizers immediately after cleansing while skin is still damp. The same goes for serums and special treatment products. Waiting until your skin is completely dry will make it harder for the active ingredients to sink into your skin and can cause skin to feel greasy or tacky.
9. SPENDING A FORTUNE
Shelling out a small fortune for face wash may not be the most prudent purchase. Look for one with simple, natural ingredients and save your dough for products that will actually stay on your skin and offer longer-term benefits, like serums and moisturizers.
10. FEARING OILS
For a long time, oils were considered skin’s pore-clogging nemesis, but the tide of opinion is changing. Experts say that all skin types can benefit from cleansing with oil, even oily and blemish-prone skin. Oil dissolves oil, after all. The right oils will cleanse pores of dirt and bacteria, and help heal and balance skin. Look for cleansing oil products with natural, plant-based oils, or you can even try a high-quality almond oil, apricot kernel oil, grapeseed oil, or sunflower oil from the grocery store. (Coconut oil and olive oil may work for some, but have been known to cause problems for others.) Simply massage the oil on your face and wipe with a soft washcloth dunked in warm water. Just be sure to wipe away the oil so there isn’t any build up.

 

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Teenage Acne

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COMMON ACNE TRIGGERS

Knowing what triggers an acne outbreak can help you keep your complexion in check. Identify those triggers and then use a powerful dermatologist-recommended acne treatment for a fighting chance against existing and future breakouts. Clear skin isn’t a myth. You can get it.

Hormone Changes

HORMONE CHANGES These ups and downs may be caused by puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, or starting/stopping birth control pills.

Genetics

GENETICS The tendency to get acne may be inherited from your parents.

Stress

STRESS Much like hormonal changes, stress can cause yourbody to trigger a breakout. Try to manage your stress levels with physical activities or meditation 

Cosmetics

COSMETICS Makeup or foundation with an oily base may contribute to plugged follicles.

Causes of Acne

THE ACNE CYCLE

Acne begins beneath your skin’s surface with your hair follicles and oil glands (called the sebaceous glands). These glands produce a sticky, natural body oil called sebum. When hormone levels fluctuate (and maybe other triggers in your life kick in), your sebaceous glands ramp up the sebum production. As your skin naturally exfoliates, the dead cells stick to the oily sebum and plug up your hair follicTles – this is the first stage of the acne cycle. Since these plugs can’t be washed away with soap and water, acne bacteria – what scientists call P. acnesbacteria – can thrive and multiply beneath the plugs. This infiltration of bacteria is the second stage in the acne cycle. The result? Stage three of the cycle: Acne. Classic swelling, redness, and sometimes lesions. If the walls of your plugged hair follicles weaken, they can rupture, spreading the P. acnes bacteria to surrounding tissue and causing more pimples.

OTHER ACNE TRIGGERS AND TIPS

While you can’t control things like genetics or hormones – you can control some of the acne triggers you face on a daily basis. Here are some additional triggers, and tips on how to reduce your chance of a breakout.

  • OIL FROM BEAUTY PRODUCTSMoisturizers, make-up, and even hair styling products can cause acne. Try to use oil-free, “non-comedogenic” or “non-acnegenic” products.
  • PRESSURETight sports equipment like helmets increase pressure and can ultimately cause breakouts. Whenever possible, loosen gear – while staying safe, of course!
  • HIGH HUMIDITYIf you live somewhere hot and humid, you may notice your acne worsens as the temperature rises. When it’s humid, your skin swells, blocking the outflow of sebum and potentially causing acne.
  • POLLUTIONEveryday pollution can clog your pores and cause problems like acne. Remember to wash your face after being outside, even if it doesn’t feel dirty.
  • GREASEIt probably goes without saying that greasy environments – like kitchens with fry vats – can contribute to acne. Try to avoid these environments if you can.
  • IRRITATING YOUR BLEMISHES Squeezing, picking at or scrubbing your blemishes too hard can make your acne worse. General rule of thumb: keep your hands away from your face!
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