Make your food last longer with these hints and tips

Storing foods properly can help you cut down on waste and save money, too.

Particularly if you’re only cooking for yourself or one other person, getting smart about food storage is the simplest way to keep your supermarket shop affordable and can also save you time throughout the week.

Here are some of our best storage hints and tips to make your food last longer –

Freeze butter

You can save a block of butter from going off by cutting it into halves or quarters and then freezing the rest. This is a great tip for anyone who finds their butter is often more than one colour – dark on the outside and light when you scrape it away.

Revive hard honey

You can quickly revive a jar of honey that’s gone hard by placing it in a bowl of boiling water for a few minutes and stirring. Honey has an extremely long shelf life – and with this trick, it means you never need to waste a bottle.

Reuse large soda bottles

Large soda bottles are ideal for storing dry goods from your pantry – they are air-tight, can be sealed completely and even stored on their sides. Use a funnel to decant everything from rice to sugar into a water bottle; it also makes measuring out these ingredients much easier later on.

Store root vegetables in mesh bags

A mesh laundry bag is perfect for storing onions, potatoes, garlic and other root veggies, as it allows air to circulate and keep potatoes in the dark.

Wrap celery in foil

This old trick can help your celery to last for up to 4 weeks in your fridge. Wrap your stalks in foil and place in the crisper drawer until you need them.

Store lemons in water

Putting lemons in a jar filled with water and secured with a lid can help keep them fresh for up to a month.

Store asparagus in water

Store asparagus like you would a bouquet of flowers to keep them fresh. Fill a cup with water, place the stalks in, and if possible, cover with a plastic bag.

Freeze eggs

Yes, really. If you have extra eggs, instead of waiting until they go off, freeze them instead. Crack an egg into a muffin tin and freeze. You can separate egg whites and yolks this way too; two egg whites or two egg yolks can fit in one tin. Add a pinch of salt or sugar to the yolks, and use a toothpick to break them up slightly. Freeze overnight in the muffin tin – once frozen, remove eggs from the tin and put them into a sandwich bag or Tupperware container and return them to the freezer for more compact storage.

Freeze extra milk

Freezing leftover milk can help you prevent wasting it before it goes off and means you’ll always have an emergency stash if you run out.


Do you know any tips to make your food last longer? Share your wisdom in the comments below

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27th Dec 2019
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My mum freezes sliced loaves of bread then takes just the amount she needs and defrosts in the microwave.
27th Dec 2019
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we've done this for years!
21st May 2019
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Freeze milk, very useful if you run out. I usually keep a small bottle of milk in my freezer.
20th May 2019
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Wrap Bananas in tin foil and place in the salad draw they keep well over a week I buy a small bunch and wrap them all together and I have saved them for 2 weeks like that the skins at time go black but the Bananas are still as firm as when they were out in the salad drawer. xx
27th Dec 2019
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You are not supposed to keep bananas in a fridge
20th May 2019
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Oh dear Silversurfers! Why are you showing a picture of eggs in the fridge door? Any halfway decent cook knows this is a no-no!!!
27th Dec 2019
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I keep my eggs in the fridge, never had a problem with them. Lots of people keep them fridged
20th May 2019
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A cucumber will last 14 days or more if you wrap it in newspaper and keep it in the salad drawer
19th Dec 2018
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If I buy food in larger portions I cook it all and freeze some portions. I sometimes make my end of week soup which consists of all the veggies left in the fridge before I go shopping again.
1st Nov 2018
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This is useful. Now that we don't eat so much there's always leftovers, and veg and fruit is often sold in packages that are too large for us. I often freeze the second half of what I cook, remember to LABEL IT CLEARLY or you won't know what goodies you've got!
31st Oct 2018
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I'm impressed with those tips, some of which I was totally unaware of. Thank you.

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