Storage Tips to Get the Most From Your Produce

Not only does storing food correctly keep it fresh longer, but you’ll waste less, save money and help the environment!

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Avocado

Store in the fruit bowl until ripe, then move to fridge shelf. Wrap tightly in cling wrap or beeswax wrap with the stone left in. Press wrap against cut surface to seal.

Shelf life: Up to 1 week

Tip: Place in a paper bag with a ripe banana to speed up ripening. You can also mash up with a little lemon and freeze avocado. Seal it in portion sized bag/ container to use on the go.

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Bananas

Store in the fruit bowl, away from any other fruit you don’t want to ripen.

Shelf life: Up to 1 week

Tip: Peel, cut and freeze over-ripe bananas to use in baking, smoothies or blitz for banana ice-cream.

Did you know…

Overripe fruit produces extra ethylene, a gas that will quickly ripen other fruit and vegetables nearby

Berries

Store in the fridge crisper drawer. Leave in original packaging.

Shelf life: 2–4 days

Tip: Only wash berries right before eating. You can also freeze them for a snack, a smoothie or to add to cooking later.

Broccoli

Store in the fridge crisper drawer. Rinse in water and shake off excess. Wrap a tea towel around damp head and seal in a plastic, paper or cloth bag.

Shelf life: Up to 4 weeks

Tip: You can freshen up broccoli by placing stems in a glass of water in your fridge. Broccoli is also great for freezing. Chop into smaller pieces before freezing and seal airtight.

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Cauliflower

Store in the fridge crisper, in a bag or wrapped in its own leaves.

Shelf life: 1–2 weeks

Tip: The leaves delay the head from turning brown.

Carrots

Store in fridge crisper in original packaging or loosely tied bag.

Shelf life: Whole carrots should last 2–3 weeks

Tip: If your carrot goes limp, you can revive it by cutting off the tip and placing in a glass of water until crisp.

Celery

Store in the fridge crisper drawer. Trim off leaves and wrap in foil or place in an airtight container.

Shelf life: 4 weeks

Tip: Celery leaves can be used in place of parsley.

Citrus

Store in the fridge crisper drawer in a loosely tied plastic, cloth or paper bag.

Shelf life: 2–3 weeks

Tip: Limes will also last well out of the fridge.

Corn

Store fresh corn in the fridge. You can also cut corn cobs and place in a sealed bag or container in the freezer.

Shelf life: 5–7 days in the fridge

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Garlic

Store in a dark, cool and dry place when unpeeled. In the fridge when peeled or chopped.

Shelf life: Up to 1 year

Green veg (hard like asparagus, beans, brussels sprout)

Store in the fridge crisper drawer in a loosely tied plastic, paper or cloth bag.

Shelf life: Up to 1 week

Herbs (soft herbs with long stems like coriander and parsley)

Store on the fridge shelf in a glass with some water. Covered with a plastic bag to keep fresh for even longer. Change water every 2–3 days.

Shelf life: 3–4 days

Tip: Basil is best stored out of the fridge in a glass of water on the bench.

Herbs (Hard herbs with short stems like sage, rosemary and thyme)

Store in the fridge crisper in a sealed container lined with a damp tea towel.

Shelf life: 3–4 days

Tip: Chop extra herbs and freeze in water or oil in an ice tray. This will give you the perfect portion to add to recipes when cooking.

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Leafy greens

Store in the fridge crisper drawer. Wrap in a damp tea towel in an airtight container or zip lock bag.

Shelf life: 1–2 weeks

Tip: Revive wilted greens by soaking in cold water.

Lettuce (iceberg)

Store on the fridge shelf in a lettuce crisper container.

Shelf life: 4 weeks

Tip: No container? Wrap whole lettuce in damp tea towel and place in an airtight container.

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Mushrooms

Best stored in the fridge in a paper bag.

Shelf life: 4–10 days

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Onions

Store in a cool, dark place, away from potatoes which can sprout near onions.

Shelf life: Up to 1 month

Tip: Store chives, spring onions and leeks in your fridge crisper.

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Pineapple

Store in the fruit bowl when whole or in the fridge when chopped.

Shelf life: 1 week

Tip: Freeze extra pineapple to add to smoothies.

Potatoes

Store in a cool, dark place, away from onions ideally in a cloth bag.

Shelf life: Up to 1 month

Tip: Sprouted potatoes are fine to eat if the potatoes are firm to touch. Just remove any sprouts.

Pumpkin

Store in a cool place in the pantry when whole. When chopped, store in the fridge crisper drawer wrapped in cling or beeswax wrap.

Shelf life: 2–3 weeks

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Spinach

Store spinach dry in original packaging in the fridge.

Shelf life: 5–7 days

Tip: You can freeze spinach by washing and steaming. Squeeze out excess water, portion and place in airtight container.

Stone fruit

To ripen, store in the fruit bowl on the bench. Store in the fridge crisper once ripe.

Shelf life: 2–3 weeks

Tip: Stone fruits are perfect for slicing and stewing to make a pie, have with muesli or to freeze for later.

Sweet potatoes

Store in a cool, dark place, away from onions.

Shelf life: Up to 1 month

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Tomatoes

Store in the fruit bowl.

Shelf life: Up to 2 weeks

Tip: Tomatoes lose their flavour in the fridge.

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Zucchini

Store in the fridge crisper drawer, in a tea towel to prevent ‘sweating’.

Shelf life: 1 week.

Did you know…

Your fridge should be set to 3–4ºC. The crisper draw and bottom shelf are often the coldest part of your fridge.