Fresh foods that keep a long time
Started as a companion thread to this one, about shopping strategies:
Fresh things I've found that keep a decently long time include:
Roots and bulbs (potatoes, onions, etc.
)Some smaller chiles
Smoked trout and salmon in certain kinds of packs (Trader Joe's)
What would you add to that?
I would add any veg still covered in soil. If I buy both clean carrots and muddy ones from the same stall at the farmer's market, the dirty ones stay hard for more than a month (and retain their flavour) and the clean ones go soft much sooner. I think spuds and other roots are the same.
Ah, this jogged my memory regarding cheese. While we all have to have the fancy varieties... there is this one bag of shredded cheese - cheddar and something else - that I bought at Vons... the Vons brand... for some mundane reason - perhaps it was a free bonus they delivered or something. It has a special enzyme or such that lengthens its life and the stuff stayed fresh (and pretty good, actually) for nigh on forever.