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A-Z Storage Guide

The best ways to store your food to keep it fresher for longer


Refrigerate apples to make them last longer – only place a couple of apples at a time in your fruit bowl.

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Don’t keep aubergines in the fridge – store them somewhere cool, but not in the fridge. Refrigerating them can affect the flavour and lead to browning.


Store avocados at room temperature to ripen, and once they are ripe, refrigerate them. Wrap cut avocados tightly in cling wrap to keep them fresh.  

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Bananas should be kept out of the fridge and away from other fruits.

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Bread should be stored in the freezer. The humid climate in New Zealand means that mould growth on bread is likely. Storing bread in the freezer will stop this from…

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Store broccoli in a plastic bag in the fridge, if you are going to eat it within a couple of days.

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Store carrots in an airtight container lined with a paper towel to stop them going limp and black.

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If you have a whole bunch of celery, wrap the root end of the celery in a paper towel, place the whole celery in a ziplock bag and squeeze out…

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The best way to store a block of cheese is to wrap it tightly in its original packaging and place it in a cloth cheese bag in the fridge.

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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 freezer.

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Cucumbers can be stored either in the fridge or at room temperature. Keep the plastic wrapping on the cucumber as it protects the soft skin and prevents dehydration.


Eggs can be stored at room temperature, but they will last longer if they are stored in the fridge.

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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 fridge or freezer within two hours of cooking. Eat leftovers within two…

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Lemons and Limes

Store lemons and limes in your fruit bowl if you are going to use them quickly, if not, keep them in the fridge.

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Lettuce crispers are the best way to store iceberg lettuce, but if you don’t have one, wrapping your lettuce in paper towels and placing it in a ziplock bag works…

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Meat needs to be kept cold at all times – so either refrigerate it and cook it before its use-by date or freeze it.

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