Grapes can go bad in under a week in the fridge, but put them in the freezer and they'll last for months. Just wash and dry them, place them on a baking sheet and freeze. Once they're frozen store them in an airtight sealed container in the freezer. When it gets hot outside they're a great frozen sweet frozen treat!
When you get a fresh whole loaf of bread home, slice it up immediately and wrap the slices in foil or plastic that you're not going to eat that day and stick in the freezer for another day.
Broth, non-cream soup, or pasta sauce
Guilty of leaving forgotten half used boxes, jars or cans at the back of the fridge until they've gone bad? Why not break the habit and transfer the remainder to an airtight container and freeze to keep it fresh until you need it.
If you're not big on using lots of flour, seal what's left in the bag in airtight wrapping and refrigerate to keep it fresh and bug free. For those who use flour even less fequently, it may be more practical to store it in the freezer, where it will keep indefinitely.
Store beans in small, freezer-proof packages in the freezer for up to a month if you’re buying in bulk.
Eggs can usually last in the fridge for 3-5 weeks after they are purchased, but put them in the freezer and they'll last up to a year. To store, simply crack the eggs and beat them, then freeze in an airtight container.
Give leftover wine a little extra life by putting it in the refrigerator (both reds and whites), or transferring to a smaller bottle to limit its oxygen exposure.
Take clean dry cucumbers and wrap in paper towels and tuck inside a plastic bag. It doesn't need to be re-sealable - air circulation is good!
If you have an excess of cucumbers blend them in a juicer and freeze the juice into ice cubes for a refreshing kick to summer drinks and cocktails.
Scatter fresh berries on a baking tray and place it in the freezer (this avoids clumps of berries if frozen together). Once frozen solid, store them in a sealed freezer bag.
Blanch Leafy Greens
Leafy greens like kale or spinach can be kept frozen in the freezer by first dropping the leaves in boiling water for a short period then transferring them to ice water to stop the cooking. After they’re in the ice water, they can be kept in a container in the freezer for up to 10 months.
Put carrots in a perforated plastic bag on a couple of layers of paper towel in the fridge. And they'll last for weeks.
Mushrooms hate moisture. Store your favourite fughi in a paper bag in the refrigerator rather than in a plastic bag to stop them going mouldy so quickly.
Green peppers, broccoli and celery
Increase the shelf life of green peppers, broccoli and celery by wrapping them in tin foil and cutting off the ends - it works a treat.
Keep lettuce crisp and fresh by washing and then spinning dry and storing it in a perforated container (like a colander) in the fridge.
Another useful bit of kit to invest in is a good vacuum sealer. They remove air, seal in flavour and quality, and prevents freezer burn. Perfect for protecting and food made in advance and leftovers, for food going into the fridge or freezer.
Stick onions in the legs of old stockings and tie up like a sausage both ends. Hung up vertically in the kitchen it will definitely add a talking point to your kitchen plus the onions will be protected from the air and last longer.
Ricotta cheese and sour cream
Want to make your fresh ricotta cheese or sour cream last a little longer? Try placing the container upside down. The air space should help delay bacterial growth.
Apples Going Solo
Apples might have super-powers for good when it comes to ripening certain fruits more quickly like kiwi or avocado but they can become worst enemies when placed in close proximity to peaches, apricots, pineapple etc as they give off gases that speed up the rotting process!!
In the same way as parsley, stand your asparagus in a glass of water and see for yourself how long it stays crisp and fresh.
Keep milk on the bottom shelf of the fridge, rather than the door where the temperature fluctuates.
If you freeze milk leave ‘head space’ in the container if you’re freezing it, because it will expand. It should keep well for up to a few months,
Stand them up in the water, like a bunch of flowers or freeze them in ice-cube trays.
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Bananas are one of the worst culprits for going bad before you need them. Always remove them from any plastic packaging when you get home and try to hang them on a stand in a cool dry place, you can even try wrapping the stems (the crown) in plastic wrap to delay the ageing process.
Other techniques include wrapping each individual banana in cling film or peeling them and placing them in the freezer in containers.
Cheese lovers are bound to be well stocked up! Make sure you show each individual cheese some love by storing them wrapped in greaseproof paper. It is better to put mature cheese on the top shelves of the fridge to protect it from extreme temperatures, fresh cheese varieties keep better on the lower shelves where the temperature should be around 2-4°C.
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