Having proper storage systems in place can make your kitchen look satisfyingly neat and tidy, but that’s not the only reason to make an effort.
Each year, UK households throw away 1.6 billion tonnes of food and drink, almost half of which is still fit for consumption. This costs the average family with children around £700 per year, according to statistics by Love Food Hate Waste, part of the Waste and Resources Action Programme.
Smart storage solutions, from making better use of the freezer to investing in reusable jars, can help you keep food fresher for longer, reduce waste and make it easier to locate ingredients when you need them.
The HelloFresh blog is filled with ideas for keeping food fresh and saving you time, like these tips that include making salad dressing in a jar, shaking all the ingredients together and popping whatever’s left straight in the fridge. Inspired.
Here are some other nifty ideas to improve your storage game.
1. Store food in the correct place
Knowing what belongs where is half the battle in optimising your food’s shelf life. Bread will last longer kept in a dry cupboard, potatoes love the dark, onions will thrive in a brown paper bag, and most fruit is best in the fridge (bananas being a notable exception).
2. Use reusable containers to showcase your leftovers
Make it a family mission that no edible leftovers get left behind. The simplest first step is to invest in some decent containers such as clip-top options that keep food fresher, and look far nicer than a foil-covered plate.
Simply box up the rest of the roasted veggies, chilli or curry, label with the date and pop in the fridge. Keep the oldest leftovers at the front so they don’t get forgotten. Find some recipe inspiration »
3. Try using open shelves
You know that tin of peaches that’s been lurking at the back of your cupboard for the past three years? No? That’s probably because it’s gone unnoticed and neglected, along with those last bits of pasta and rice you forgot about.
Rescue them from the depths of darkness by moving to open shelves, whether above your counter tops or a freestanding bookcase. Having everything on view will encourage you to store food properly in tubs or glass containers, making it easier to see at a glance exactly what you have in.
4. Switch to jars
Putting your pantry on display is the perfect excuse to invest in some pretty and practical storage jars, such as the clip-top ones made by Kilner.
They will keep dry foods such as pasta, rice and cereals fresh for longer once opened and encourage you to buy bigger bags, saving money and cutting down on packaging. They look lovely too.
5. Utilise your freezer
Your freezer is your best ally in the fight against food waste. Freezing leftover meals and ingredients has the double benefit of preservation and convenience.
For example, fresh herbs that may often be wasted can be chopped, placed in ice-cube trays and topped with water or olive oil, ready to pop into stews, soups and sauces when needed. Sliced spring onions and peppers are also good to go straight from the ice box.
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