Food storage guide

Check out our cheat sheet for how to store some of your favourite foods and keep them fresher for longer. Once cut, fruit and veg should always be kept in the fridge:

Aubergines: store somewhere cool, but not in the fridge. Refrigerating them can affect the flavour and lead to browning.

Avocados: store at room temperature to ripen, and once they are ripe, refrigerate. Keep cut avocados in an airtight container in the fridge.

Bananas: store at room temperature.

Broccoli: sprinkle with water, wrap in paper towels and place in an airtight container in the fridge.

Carrots: remove green tops and chop finely for a yummy addition to pesto or a salad. Store carrots in an airtight container lined with a paper towel to stop them going limp and black. Limp carrots can be easily revived by soaking in water.

Celery: for a whole bunch of celery, wrap the root end in a paper towel and place in an airtight container. Freshen up limp celery by putting the base in water (avoid storing this way long term as your celery will over-hydrate and disintegrate)!

Cheese: wrap tightly in its original packaging and place in a cloth cheese bag or beeswax wrap in the fridge.

Cucumbers: store in the fridge in it’s wrapping to protect the soft skin and prevent dehydration.

Eggs: in the fridge.

Fruit (except bananas): refrigerate! If fruit needs ripening, store at room temperature until ripe and then refrigerate.

Herbs: keep herbs perky by trimming the base of the stalk and keeping the ends in a glass of water in the fridge. Or even better, grow on your windowsill or outside space and pick as you go!

Lettuce: wrap lettuce in paper towels and place in an airtight container. Revive limp lettuce by placing in iced water for a couple of minutes (this really works)!

Onions: store in a cool, dry, dark place away from potatoes. They should be stored away from potatoes, as they both release moisture which causes them to sprout more quickly. 

Potatoes: should be stored in a cool, dry and dark place, separately from onions. Unwashed potatoes last longer than clean ones

Sweetcorn: refrigerate in its husk to keep it fresher for longer.

Adapted from Love Food Hate Waste New Zealand