You may not think twice about where you put your food when you unpack your groceries, but there are six small things that you can do to help your food last longer.
These are Love Food Hate Waste’s 6 golden rules of food storage to make your food last as long as possible.
Bread is the most wasted food in New Zealand, with Kiwis throwing out 20 million loaves a year. Our humid climate means that bread doesn’t last in the pantry and goes mouldy faster. Bread can be stored in the fridge, but the ideal place for it is in the freezer. Frozen bread can go straight into the toaster for breakfast, and if you use it for sandwiches it will have defrosted by lunchtime.
Most fruit bowls in New Zealand are sure to have at least a banana or two in them, but this is the worst place for a banana to be stored. Ethylene gas, released by foods such as apples and pears, cause bananas to ripen faster. Once bananas are ripe they produce ethylene gas which ripens other fruit. It’s best to keep your bananas out of the fridge and away from other fruit.
The best way to store a large block of cheese so it doesn’t grow mould or dry out it is to wrap the block tightly in its original packaging and place it in a cloth cheese bag in the fridge. If you don’t have a cheese bag, then wrap the opened end as tightly as possible, then wrap it again either in cling wrap or a plastic bag.
It may be convenient to store them in the same place as they both need to be kept in cool, dry, dark places, but potatoes and onions should be kept away from each other. When they’re kept together they release moisture which makes them both sprout faster.
Many people find their salad leaves can go limp and mushy very quickly. The worst thing you can do is leave them in the original bag. To make them last longer, put them in an airtight container or a large Ziploc bag.