How to Keep Your Fresh Food Fresh for Longer

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We all know the feeling. Those fresh fruits and veggies that we spent the weekly budget on are starting to emit a strange smell. More money wasted without the benefit of ingesting those wholesome ingredients. What if there were some easy tips that you could follow to ensure you could keep your food fresh for longer? This would not only save you money spent on buying more food, but you’d enjoy the satisfaction of eating the fresh and healthy goodness that you spent so much money on in the first place!

These are some of our favourite tips for keeping your fresh food fresh. Some are seriously expert tricks, and some are just plain common sense!

Plan your shopping

Try not to purchase too many perishable items at one time. Finding your supermarket groove will eventually ensure your shopping schedule is fine tuned and you can maximise the freshness of your ingredients (and prevent excessive wastage).

Use your fridge properly

The fridge isn’t just an icebox. It’s specially designed to have appropriate cooling areas for certain types of food. The top shelf is designed for things like cheese, yoghurt, and pre-prepared foods. The bottom shelf is the coldest, so reserve this one for raw meats, poultry, and fish (sealed in bags to prevent contamination).

The salad drawer is for fresh fruits and vegetables, as it’s often equipped with a humidity regulator that can keep your fresh items fresh for longer. Door racks are perfect for things like condiments and covered butter. Remember, the door is the least consistent temperature as it is overexposed to the warm elements of a fridge.

Keep expensive ingredients at the front

Sometimes we’re tempted to keep those lean lamb cutlets a little longer as they were so expensive that they should properly be enjoyed. However, don’t be that person who waits so long that the food goes off because you’ve been waiting for that special time. Do yourself a favour and cook those suckers as soon as possible.

Wrap banana stems in plastic wrap

This will prevent the bananas from releasing the gases that help them ripen. For extra longevity, wrap the stems individually. Store them at room temperature until they ripen, and then put them in the fridge to slow down the ripening process.

Store potatoes with an apple

If you put an apple in your potato sack, it will prevent them from sprouting too quickly and they will be good for weeks to come.

Restore wilted greens with iced water

Are your lettuce leaves looking dehydrated? Treat them like an athlete and give them a good ice bath. The water will refresh the membranes and they’ll perk up and be good enough to serve again.

Wash berries in vinegar water

Give berries a quick bath in diluted vinegar and dry them before putting them away. The vinegar is nature’s disinfectant and will prevent bacteria and mould from forming too quickly.

Skewer lemons

Need lemon juice, but not a whole lemon’s worth? Skewer a lemon and squeeze out the juice you need. This is much better than cutting it in half, which will only allow it to dry out too quickly.

Store leftovers in jars

Storing leftovers in glass jars will keep them airtight, with the added bonus of easily letting you see what is inside them. This is great as it reminds you of what leftovers you have each time you open the fridge, so you don’t neglect that yummy dish you were saving. We’ve all done it.

Wrap cheese

Remove cheeses from their packaging and wrap them in cling wrap before sealing in a plastic bag. This will keep them from going mouldy too quickly.

Follow these tips and work them into your routine, and you’ll find yourself wasting less food and enjoying fresher food for longer. It’s a win-win situation, really. Share the tips with your friends and family for extra karma!

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