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11-11-2005, 03:18 PM
This is my first post -
I am wondering how long you guys will keep things like dips and marinara sauces in the fridge for...
I work very long days, so I only have time to prepare food about 2 nights a week....
Thanks for any advice you can share!
11-11-2005, 06:22 PM
it really depends on the ingredients, a hard question to answer across the board, usually at least a couple days, often closer to a week, depends on how perishable the stuff that goes in is, and other ingredients that may help to increase the fridge life. Some dips and salad dressings and nut cheese I've made have kept for even a week, marinara would be shorter, maybe average 2 days?
One tip from me is that I make 3 or 4 (dehydrator) recipes of stuff Saturday morning that gets me through the week. Crackers, cookies, maybe pizza crusts, etc... a batch of nut cheese.
11-11-2005, 10:27 PM
Hi, and welcome,
Well, if it has lots of spices, you can keep things longer, but anything with sunflower seeds seem to go bad pretty quickly, in my opinion.
I've kep tahini with garlic and lemon in them for several weeks.
Each thing is different.
11-11-2005, 11:27 PM
I donr have a direct answer but since going raw things in my frigde seem to have a very long shelf life. I have found that it's the items in the fridge with animal products or cooked food tha go off quickly. My prepared foods tend to last WELL over a week.
There are also veg storage bags you can get at the health food shop that extend the life of your veg, they work fantastic. I will let you know the name when I next go to the shop.
11-12-2005, 03:26 PM
Thanks for the quick replies and welcomes!
I feel bad because I tend to throw things away as soon as there is any minor change in flavour - and lately that seems to be quite quickly.....so I am thinking that I am jumping the gun a bit.
As well - I wonder how much nutrition is being lost as it sits there in the fridge...
Exurb, I agree with you about the marinara sauce - mine starts to taste a bit off after only a day or two!
RP - I also try to add something acidic like lemon or cider vinegar to extend it's life...those types of things definately tend to keep longer
Thanks again for the responses...
11-13-2005, 12:42 PM
rcg, also adding garlic might slightly extend the fridge life, as garlic is a natural antibacterial and antifungal.
Good luck, you will have to try to find some stuff that will keep longer. Maybe some more dehydrated things like burgers or patties, rather than wet things like marinara sauces or stuff with pureed fruit or veggies. You could even freeze the burgers if you wanted to.
11-14-2005, 05:04 PM
for sweet things, cinnamon is also a good preservative
11-14-2005, 11:10 PM
I tend to not worry about how much nutrition is being lost as things sit in the fridge. It's still gotta be more nutritious than if it was cooked, don't ya think?
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