If you’re cooking for one, it can be tempting to eat more than you should, which won’t help with your weight loss. Here are some clever storage tips to help you keep food fresher for longer and avoid eating it all at once.
Did you know 13.5 billion fresh fruit and veg portions are thrown away each year in the UK? It doesn’t have to be this way. With careful preparation, you can make your food last longer and get more meals out of it.
In the freezer
- Food bought frozen must be put in the freezer right away – unless you’re defrosting it for cooking within 24 hours.
- Meats with a lot of fat, like pork, increase the risk of rancidity occurring during frozen storage, so trim off excess fat before freezing.
- High water content fruit and veg, such as strawberries, benefit from pureeing before freezing to help keep their flavour.
- Supermarkets tend to sell fresh herbs in bigger packs than you need for a recipe. Avoid waste by chopping them up and putting into ice cube trays, cover with water and freeze for future use. They’ll keep this way for up to six months.
- Bread often comes in flimsy wrapping or thin film – these should be replaced with plastic freezer wrap or sealable freezer bags when freezing.
In the cupboard
- Store non-perishable items in a larder or cupboard. These are things that don’t spoil easily like dry and tinned foods.
- Non-perishable items will last longer if you keep them in a cool, dry and dark place.
- To avoid insect infestation, keep food in cupboards in airtight containers or glass jars. Lakeland has a great range.
- Onions, potatoes and garlic don’t like the fridge. They’ll keep their flavour and last longer in the cupboard. Also, buy them in small amounts to avoid sprouting!
In the fridge
- This is where you store perishable items like dairy products, meat and most veg.
- Research shows that many of us keep our fridge too warm. It should be between 0 and 5 degrees centigrade.
- The top shelf is the warmest part of the fridge and is best for pre-prepared food such as sauces and pastries. The bottom shelf is the coldest and best for storing meat.
- Lettuce is one of the most frequently binned foodstuffs in the UK. Keep it in the salad drawer of your fridge wrapped in clingfilm.
- Milk can go off very quickly in a warm fridge. Best not to store it in the fridge door – the air will warm it every time the door is opened.
- Tomatoes, pears, plums, mangoes and peaches are best ripened at room temperature and then kept in the fridge to preserve.
Have you got any tips for keeping your food fresh? Share your thoughts below!
For more low calorie recipe ideas from LighterLife, click here.