Have you ever given much thought on how to get the best out of your fridge and freezer? Doing so can help keep your food fresher and make it last longer, resulting in less waste.
In fact, there are potential savings to be made of around £200 million if we all used our fridges to store certain foods and lowered the temperature!
Here are some more top tips:
- Keep your fridge below 5oC. Research shows that up to 70% of our fridges are too warm, meaning food won’t last as long as it could. Milk goes off much quicker if the fridge is just a few degrees too warm.
- Bread in the fridge goes stale much quicker. Keep it in a cool dark place such as the bread bin or a store cupboard. Bread also freezes well for use another time.
- The fridge is the ideal place to store your fruit and veg. In fact fruit lasts up to two weeks longer in the fridge, in the pack it came in, than in the fruit bowl. The only exceptions are: 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.
- Packaging on fruit and veg packaging has been designed to help it stay at its best for longer, so keep it on until you’re ready to eat the food. If you're unsure, you can check the pack for instructions.
- Once opened, cheeses, hams and other packaged foods keep better if they’re well wrapped. You can do this by re-closing the pack, wrapping in cling film or foil, or putting it in an air tight container.
- And finally, if you aren’t going to eat it, remember you can always freeze food before the ‘use by’ date. Defrost when you need it and use within 24 hours.
Watch this short video to see how you could organise your fridge!