According to recent research, 65% of UK adults admit they buy food that ends up being thrown away. In fact, the average household wastes almost £30 of food each month. That works out at a huge £9.7 billion of wasted food each year in the UK.
So here are some top tips to keep food fresher for longer, helping you to eat it, rather than bin it.
How can I keep food fresher for longer?
1. Get your fridge temperature right
If you want to get the most out of your food, set the temperature in your fridge carefully.
- The ideal fridge temperature is between 37°F (3°C) and 40°F (5°C)
- Your freezer temperature should be at 0°F (-18°C)
It takes about 24 hours for your fridge to adjust to the new temperature you set.
2. Use different shelves for different foods
Did you know that your fridge temperature is different on each shelf? Usually, higher shelves have higher temperatures. It’s best to keep your raw meat and fish at the bottom, at temperatures between 0°C and 3°C. Dairy products like butter and cheese will be OK nearer the top of the fridge.
3. Don’t overload your fridge
Give your food some space! If you cram everything in too closely, it can stop the cool air from circulating, making the fridge less effective at maintaining the right temperature and humidity.
4. Don’t wash your food
It’s best to wait to wash your food until you’re ready to prepare or eat it. Washing fruit or veg before you put it in the fridge can significantly reduce its life because adding moisture speeds up the decaying process.
5. Keep certain things separate
Lots of fruit and veg give off different gases as they ripen, making nearby food turn to waste faster. Be especially careful to keep bananas, apples and avocados by themselves. You can store things like potatoes and carrots with each other, but they should still be kept away from the foods listed above.
Fridge and freezer tech that keeps food fresh
If you want to keep your food fresher for longer, here are a few features to look out for when you’re considering a new fridge.
Expiry date tracking: Some smart fridges can now help you manage expiry dates without having to check the labels every day. Instead, simply check the fridge’s information on which items are about to go off. It will even suggest recipes that make use of those ingredients!
Smart temperature control: If a new fridge has multizone technology, you can set individual temperatures for certain drawers and compartments, rather than changing the temperature of the entire fridge.
Super cool and fast freeze: More fridge freezers now come with super-cool and fast-freeze settings. Use them when you’re stocking up from a big shop as this is when your fridge needs to work hard to get back down to the right temperature.
Blue light technology: Some fridges now have something called blue light technology. This mirrors the kind of light that fruit and veg are exposed to in nature, helping boost nutrients, reduce bacteria, and give food a longer shelf life.
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