Hacks for making your food last longer
We’ve put together a few handy hacks to help make your food last longer and stay fresh for longer!
1. Freeze everything! – If you see your meat/fish is about to go out of date, freeze it. The same goes for most vegetables, just give them a quick blanch before freezing.
2. Know the difference between best before and use by dates- Use by dates indicate when a product may no longer be safe to eat. You should not eat, cook, or freeze it after the date displayed, even if it looks or smells fine. Best before dates indicate quality rather than safety.
3. Spring life into your spring onions- You can triple the lifespan of green onions by storing them in a jar of water on your counter top. The tops will keep growing and you can snip them off as needed!
4. Be gentle with your herbs- Soft herbs, or herbs with a soft stem, such as dill, basil should be stored liked fresh flowers, in a jar of water. Hard herbs, or herbs with a hard stem such as coriander or parsley should be stored rolled in a slightly damn paper towel in a bag in the refrigerator.
5. Foil is your friend- Wrap vegetables such as broccoli, celery and peeled carrots in foil to make them last for up to two weeks.
6. Keep your bananas in a bunch- Wrap the top of your banana bunch in cling film to avoid them ripening too quickly, as well as storing them away from any other fruits as they release a lot of ethylene gas which will cause other fruits to spoil quicker.
7. Keep tomatoes where they belong… in the fruit bowl! Perfectly ripe tomatoes should be kept at room temperature away from sunlight, once they are over ripe you can then place them in the fridge or use them in a sauce-based dish!
8. Leafy greens for longer- Store your lettuce in a sandwich bag with a paper towel on top to soak up any moisture and keep them crisp and fresh for longer
9. Give your berries a bath- Extend your berries shelf life by days or even weeks by washing them in a large bowl of diluted vinegar. Vinegar to water ration 1:3, rinse thoroughly then dry and place in a sealable container lined with paper towel with the lid partially open to avoid trapping any moisture.
10. No bad bread- Bread actually goes stale faster in the fridge than it does at room temperature. The best way to keep bread at its best is to keep it at room temperature for a day or two, then wrap it up and freeze it for longer-term storage. When you thaw it and heat it up, and it will taste freshly baked again.