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Refrigerate apples to keep them crisp for longer – only place a couple of apples at a time…
Store eggplants and aubergines in the fridge to keep them fresher.
Store avocados at room temperature to ripen, and once they are ripe, refrigerate them. Wrap cut avocados tightly with…
Keep bananas somewhere nice and cool, but not in the fridge, and keep them away from other fruits.
Bread should be stored in the freezer. The humid climate in New Zealand means that mould growth on…
Store broccoli in the fridge to keep it fresher.
Store carrots in an airtight container lined with a paper towel to stop them going limp and black.
If you have a whole bunch of celery, wrap the root end of the celery in a paper…
The best way to store a block of cheese is to wrap it tightly in its original packaging…
Cherries should be ripe when you buy them, so keep them in the fridge to extend their life.
Chicken should be well wrapped and kept cold at all times – either in the fridge or the…
Cucumbers can be stored either in the fridge or at room temperature. Keep the plastic wrapping on the…
Eggs can be stored at room temperature, but they will last longer if they are stored in the…
Kumara should be stored in a cool, dark place, but not in the fridge.
Leftovers should always be stored in the fridge or freezer. It is important to get them into the…
Store lemons and limes in your fruit bowl if you are going to use them quickly, if not,…
Lettuce crispers are the best way to store iceberg lettuce, but if you don’t have one, wrapping your…
Meat needs to be kept cold at all times – so either refrigerate it and cook it before…
Milk is sensitive to temperature fluctuations so it needs to be kept in the fridge at all times.…
The best way to store mushrooms is in a paper bag in the fridge.
Nuts and seeds have a shorter shelf life than you might think as they contain unsaturated fat, type…
Onions should be stored in a cool, dry, dark place away from potatoes.
Store oranges loose in the fridge. Put them in your fruit bowl before eating so they can come…
Store them in the fridge. Always put capsicums and peppers that are cut open in a storage container…
Potatoes should be stored in a cool, dry and dark place, like a cupboard or the fridge if…
The best way to store cut pumpkin is to wrap it tightly in beeswax wrap, cling wrap or…
Store uncooked rice in a sealed container in your pantry. Store cooked rice in the fridge and eat…
If your stone fruit is ripe, store them in the fridge to make them last longer. If they…
Refrigerate sweetcorn in its husk to keep it fresher for longer.
Store tomatoes at room temperature – refrigerating them affects their texture and flavour. If they have gone soft,…
Store yoghurt in its original container in the fridge. If your yoghurt has gone watery, stir it to…
To keep them fresh, place them in the vegetable drawer of the fridge, if you have one.
Putting your food away in all the right places will keep it fresher for longer - more time for you to use it in delicious meals!
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