Superfoods are becoming commonplace in kitchens across the world. Now that we all know what they are and why we should eat them, it's time to learn how to store them properly.
My absolute favorite way to store any kind of superfood, specifically nuts and seeds, is in a glass mason jar in the refrigerator.
It sounds simple, but storing your superfoods this way is so important. Here's why:
You can see what you have and how much you have left.
Too many opaque containers get pushed to the back of the refrigerator, and you might not even know they're there. Storing them in a see-through container means you'll use more of them, more often.
Tip: use a label or masking tape to add the name and expiration date to the lid if there's a chance you won't use it or forget what's in the jar.
Most of these superfoods are easy to pour out of the jar; less scoops and spoons mean less dishes.
This will also help you make quick work out of salad and smoothie prep.
Mason jars are inexpensive and can be found online or at a hardware store.
I've found them in packs of 12 for less than a dollar each. Bonus! They also make excellent drinking glasses and flower vases. You can store your green juices and green smoothies in them, too.
Glass jars are reusable and last forever, and they're good for the environment.
Plus, glass is non-reactive, so you can feel good about storing food in them for long periods of time.
Tip: Mason jar companies now make BPA-free plastic lids that are cheap and are a little easier to open than the traditional metal canning lids. The metal canning lids can also rust after multiple uses, so these new white lids are awesome. I found them at my local hardware store for just a few dollars.
Nuts and seeds contain delicate oils, and those oils can quickly spoil.
Storing them in the refrigerator will extend their shelf life; this will save you money in the long run. Throwing away expired food is sad for everyone.
Tip: If your superfoods came in a package on the shelf that's perfectly fine. Some companies vacuum seal their packages to store at room temperature to be shelf-stable. Just store it in the refrigerator after you open them.
Here are the six superfoods that are always in my refrigerator:
- Raw almonds
- Raw hemp seeds
- Ground flaxseeds
- Raw sunflower seeds
- Raw cacao
- Chia seeds