Storing food in the right way helps keep it fresh and tasty for longer and this month Love Food Hate Waste is talking all things 'fridge'.
Keeping food in the right places, in the right way, means less of the food we buy gets wasted and that's good for the environment and your pocket.
Love Food Hate Waste can help you store food so it stays fresh and tasty for longer.
One of the most important places to store food is in the fridge (along with the freezer and store cupboard) so remember to keep the right food in your fridge and keep it well wrapped.
Is your fridge cooler than you?
Remember to keep your fridge temperature below 5C. Research shows that up to 30% of our fridges are too warm, meaning food won't last as long as it could.
Milk goes off much quicker if your fridge is just a few degrees too warm!
Keep the right food in the fridge
- It's best not to put bread in the fridge as it goes stale much quicker here. Bread keeps better in a cool dark place such as the bread bin or a store cupboard. Bread does freeze well for use another time.
- 17 billion '5 a day' portions are thrown away each year. The fridge is the ideal place to store most of your fruit and veg (except bananas and pineapples - keep these cool but don't refrigerate; potatoes and onions - keep them in a cool, dark place like a garage, potato/onion bag or pantry).
- Apples last up to two weeks longer in the fridge and peppers up to a week longer.
- Eggs need to be kept at a constant temperature below 20oC and they keep best in their box stored in the fridge.
Wrap food in the fridge
- Remember fresh fruit and veg need to breathe in the fridge so don’t store them in completely sealed containers. Fruit and veg packaging has been designed to help it stay fresh for longer, so don't take the packaging off until you’re ready to eat the food.
- Once opened, food like cheese and ham keep better if they're well wrapped by re-closing the pack, wrapping in cling film or foil, or putting it in an air tight container.
More top storage tips:
- To keep your food fresher for longer and at its best your fridge temperature should be below 5oC. Research shows up to 30% of our fridges are too warm, this means food won’t last as long as it could. Milk goes off much quicker if your fridge is just a few degrees too warm.
- If you aren't going to eat it, remember you can freeze food before the 'use by' date. Defrost when you need it and use within 24 hours.
- Make the most of your food by cooling leftovers as quickly as possible after cooking and store them in the fridge. Eat within two days or freeze for another time. Check out some great recipe ideas for making the most of your leftovers.
Great food tips:
- If you're only using part of a pepper, leave the stem, seeds and membrane intact, the pepper will then keep in the fridge, if you wrap it, much longer than when you remove them.
- If you wash spinach well in cold water, shake off as much water as you can and store in an airtight container in the fridge, it will keep fresh for longer. This also revives old spinach.
- Wrap lettuce, carrots, courgettes etc. in kitchen paper then put them in plastic bags in the salad compartment of the fridge. They keep fresh for ages. The paper stops the condensation from softening the veg and stops mould.
There are lots more fridge storage tips at: Love Food Hate Waste.