All ingredients are at their best when they’re fresh. That’s why I recommend buying things that have a higher spoilage rate in smaller amounts. You can get a Bluapple for your refrigerator’s vegetable drawer to extend shelf life, but some things, like breads or even meats, are generally best when purchased day of use. If you store/freeze breads, thaw gently and use them. For meats, put them in a sealed freezer bag and submerge in cold water. You may need a plate to weigh them down.  Cheeses have a life span. Try to learn the shelf-life of the foods that you enjoy and then mark down/make note of when they will expire so you can make best use of them at the peak of their flavors.

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