There are loads of easy ways you can keep food fresh for longer, so get ready – we’ve come up with five top tips for you.
1. Get your fridge temperature right.
If you want to get the most out of your food, the temperature in your fridge needs to be spot on.
• The ideal fridge temperature is between 37°F (3°C) and 40°F (5°C)
• Your freezer
Just remember that it takes about 24 hours for your fridge to adjust to any changes you make.
2, Use different shelves for different foods.
Did you know that your fridge temperature varies between shelves? Typically, higher shelves have higher temperatures. So with that in mind, keep your raw meat and fish at the bottom, at temperatures between 0°C and 3°C. Dairy products like butter and cheese are fine to be kept nearer the top of the fridge.
3, Don’t overload your fridge.
Give your food some space! If you cram everything in too tightly, it can actually stop cooling air from circulating, and keeping everything at the right temperature and humidity.
4, Don’t wash your food.
We recommend you only wash your food when you’re ready to prepare or eat it. If you wash fruit and veg before you put it in the fridge, it can actually reduce its lifespan by a fair amount. This is because adding moisture actually speeds up the decaying process.
5, Keep certain things separate.
Lots of fruit and veg give off different gases as they ripen, making nearby foodstuffs spoil faster.
To avoid this, it’s important to store things like bananas, apples and avocados by themselves.
You can store less gassy stuff like potatoes and carrots with each other, but they should still be kept away from the baddies above.