A well-stocked and sorted pantry will save time, money and effort.
How to keep brown sugar soft
After opening, to keep brown sugar soft, roll tightly to force air out of plastic, then place in a zip-lock freezer bag.
Fruit (other than berries) shouldn’t be stored in the fridge
Refrigerators dull the taste of most produce, so if you bought something that doesn’t need to go in there leave it out. Most fruits including apples, oranges, pears and bananas don’t belong in the refrigerator unless you’re not planning on eating them soon. I don’t refrigerate tomatoes, avocados or peppers either. Very hot climates are an exception, however.