Mum shares tips for making food last longer including storing jars upside down and wrapping greens in kitchen roll

A THRIFTY mum has shared her clever tips for making food last longer.

Lara Joanna Jarvis is known for her money-saving tricks, sharing them on her YouTube channel where she boasts over 38,000 subscribers.

And the mum-of-two has now shared a new video revealing how you can waste less food than ever by making a few quick changes when it comes to unpacking the shopping.

We share Lara’s top tips for getting the most out of your money…

Store leafy greens in kitchen roll

Lara says: “A good way of storing your leafy greens – anything like lettuce, spinach, broccoli – is to pop them into some kitchen towel, as that’s going to absorb all of the moisture so it doesn’t go wilted and mouldy.”

The mum-of-two demonstrates how you can make a parcel from the kitchen towel to store the veg in before popping it back into its bag and sticking it in the fridge.

Lara also recommends putting kitchen roll under your raspberries to prevent them from going mouldy.

Freeze as much as possible

Lara has no end to the amount of food she fits in the freezer, getting as much use out of it as she possibly can.

She explains: “We always freeze our bread, even if it is just a slice that hasn’t been used. Just put it into a freezer bag and then you can use it when you need it.

“And if you’re buying full loaves make sure you chop it up first or chop it into portions.

“I slice up limes if they’re going to go bad and pop them into a freezer bag. These are great for a cheeky margarita.

“I always chop up my herbs and pop them in here. Another way of doing it is putting the chopped herbs into oil and then into ice trays to chuck into cooking.

“I always chop up leafy greens if I’m not going to use them.

“I usually chop bananas before freezing them and they can be thrown into smoothies.”

Use old tomatoes in cooking

“If you find your tomatoes are going a bit soft and wrinkly and you don’t want to waste them, chuck them into soups, roast them up, whizz them up in a blender, make a sauce” says Lara.

“There’s so many uses for them if you’re not going to eat them fresh.”

Store garlic in the dark

Lara advises “Garlic loves being somewhere dark, so just pop it into a cupboard in a box – you can add a lid so it doesn’t smell.

“Ours is currently two months old and it does last absolutely ages.”

Keep your jars upside down

“Another idea is to keep all of your (nut) butters upside down” she explains, “It stops them from splitting and keeps them fresher for longer.

“It is just a little bit nicer that when you open it up you’ll be able to spread it onto your toast quickly.”

In other money-saving news, this mum bagged £35 worth of fresh food for just £3.

Another mum revealed how she feeds her whole family for just £25 a week – and there’s enough for guests too.

Plus this shopper picked up a £40 toaster for just £3 in B&M.

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