FIRST IN, FIRST OUT
When unpacking your shopping, keep older foods in the front, so that you don’t forget about them.
KEEP IT IT WHOLE AND SEPARATE
One bad piece of fruit or veg can quickly cause the rest to spoil – so keep them separate. Don’t keep onions with potatoes, or bananas with other fruits, as the first ones accelerate the ripening of the others.
Store cucumbers and tomatoes at room temperature (unless they are already sliced).
Wait to wash berries until you want to eat them to prevent mold.
Avoid slicing food until you are ready to use it (unless you freeze it). Chopped fruits, cheese, vegs spoil faster.
Bread keeps better in a cool dark place such as a bread bin or a store cupboard. Don’t keep bread in a plastic bag or in the fridge where it will become stale – instead freeze slices and toast them when you need them.
For more info, listed by type of food, use this guide.
KEEP IT COVERED
Cover leftover pasta and rice with a lid to avoid them drying out.
Use beeswax on cotton or compostable parchment paper (If You Care, available from Wholefood, the Good Club) to wrap up cheese, meat, fish.
KEEP IT COOL
The ideal setting for your fridge is 5 degrees.
Organise your fridge.