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Top Tips

Storing food in the right way helps keep it fresh and tasty for longer and means less of the food we buy gets wasted. That’s good for the environment and your pocket.

Remember to keep your fridge temperature below 5oC. Research shows that up to 30% of our fridges are too warm, meaning food won’t last as long as it could. Milk goes off much quicker if your fridge is just a few degrees too warm. Using a thermometer is the best way to keep your fridge at the correct temperature.

Keep the right food in the fridge

  • Do not put bread in the fridge as it goes stale much quicker. Bread keeps better in a cool dark place such as the bread bin or a store cupboard. Bread does freeze well for use another time.
  • The fridge is the ideal place to store most of your fruit and veg, except bananas and pineapples (keep these cool but don’t refrigerate), potatoes and onions (keep them in a cool, dark place).
  • Apples last up to two weeks longer in the fridge and peppers up to a week longer.
  • Eggs need to be kept at a constant temperature below 20 degrees Celsius and they keep best in their box stored in the fridge.

Wrap food in the fridge

  • Remember fresh fruit and veg need to breathe in the fridge so don’t store them in completely sealed containers. Fruit and veg packaging has been designed to help it stay fresh for longer, so don’t take the packaging off until you’re ready to eat the food.
  • Once opened, food like cheese and ham keep better if they’re well wrapped by re-closing the pack, wrapping in cling film or foil, or putting it in an air tight container.

Percy Potato

  • Love Food Hate Waste Potatoes are low in fat, provide lots of vitamins and minerals and if eaten with the skin, are a good source of fibre. Did you know that one medium-sized jacket potato with skin provides more vitamin C than two apples or an average serving of peas. It has even more fibre than either a bowl of branflakes, three slices of wholemeal bread or four bananas.
  • We wasted 730,000 tonnes of potatoes in 2012. Rather than leave your potatoes to grow old and lonely in the back of your cupboard, why not bring them to life and bake them with beans, mash them with sausages or boil them with a pork chop! You can even use your leftover cooked potatoes to make new meals!
  • For tips and recipes on how to use your potatoes, please visit the Love Food Hate Waste website.

More top tips:

  • If you aren’t going to eat it, remember you can freeze food before the ‘use by’ date. Defrost when you need it and use within 24 hours.
  • Make the most of your food by cooling leftovers as quickly as possible after cooking and store them in the fridge. Eat within two days or freeze for another time. See great recipe ideas for making the most of your leftovers at:
  • If you’re only using part of a pepper, leave the stem, seeds and membrane intact, the pepper will then keep in the fridge, if you wrap it, much longer than when you remove them.
  • If you wash spinach well in cold water, shake off as much water as you can and store in an airtight container in the fridge, it will keep fresh for longer. This also revives old spinach.
  • Wrap lettuce, carrots, courgettes etc. in kitchen paper then put them in plastic bags in the salad compartment of the fridge. The paper stops the condensation from softening the veg and stops mould, they will stay fresh for much longer.

Find many more tips on the Love Food Hate Waste website.