How can keeping food fresh for longer reduce food waste?
How we store our food can make a big difference to how long it will last.
Check out our Smart Storage Chart to find out the best place to keep your food to keep it at its freshest and tastiest.
Here are some other tips to think about to best store food:
- Keep fresh herbs in a glass of water to keep their roots hydrated and leaves fresh.
- Airtight containers with snug fitting lids are perfect for storing items in the fridge, freezer or cupboard.
- Jars are great for storing flour and rice in the cupboard, as well as storing leftover liquids like salad dressing in the fridge.
- Keep veggies in the crisper section of your fridge or in airtight containers or bags.
- Learn how to preserve food – it’s a great way to keep enjoying seasonal produce all year long.
The freezer is great for storing your leftovers, frozen vegetables and extra bread. If you only eat a small amount of bread, then freeze it when you get home and take out a few slices a couple of hours before you need them.
Another easy tip is to cook food in batches and store them in an airtight container so that you have meals ready for those evenings when you are too tired to cook.
Use our freezer-friendly meal plan to find delicious meals that can be easily frozen and enjoyed at a later date.
The difference between ‘Use-by’ and ‘Best Before’
Foods with a ‘best before’ date are still safe to eat after the date, provided they’re not damaged, deteriorated or perished.
Foods with a ‘use-by’ date must be eaten by the date. Only buy foods you’ll use within the ‘use-by’ or ‘best before’ time-frames.