Keep Your Food Even Fresher
Storage tips to maximise the shelf life of these foods in your fridge.
1 FISH Clean fish in icecold water and salt, pat dry, and wrap tightly in cling film to prevent exposure to air, which causes oxidation. Keep as cold as possible to slow deterioration and retain moisture so it stays juicy. 2 PRAWNS Soak prawns in a bowl of tap water, wrap the bowl in cling film, and chill for up to five days – this retains the prawns’ natural crunch. Don’t leave them in their original packaging – bacteria that is sealed in with them will quicken rotting.
3 MEAT Ask your butcher to vacuum-seal the meat, if possible. Otherwise, pat it dry with a paper towel when you get home and seal it in clingfilm or zip-lock bags, pushing out as much air as you can.
4 MINCED MEAT Moisture and air hasten deterioration, so pat the mince dry with a paper towel, then cling-wrap it or store in a covered container.
5 STRAWBERRIES Transfer them to a paper bag and they’ll keep for up to a week. Check for moisture every other day – strawberries rot faster when wet. Store them in a single layer, not in stacks.
6 FRESH HERBS Wrap herbs in a slightly damp towel or kitchen paper and keep them in the veggie bin. The moisture in the towel keeps them fresh and prevents moisture loss. 7 SALAD VEGETABLES Wash them in a bowl of cold water to preserve the crispness, then leave them in the water for two minutes to let dirt settle at the bottom of the bowl. Drain, dry on kitchen paper, then bundle into an absorbent towel and put into a plastic bag. Store in the crisper compartment.
8 BROCCOLI AND CAULIFLOWER Veggies with florets stay fresh with a little moisture, so wrap in a damp towel or kitchen paper and refrigerate them that way, or in a perforated plastic bag.
9 CHEESE Remove the packaging and keep each cheese separately in prechilled airtight containers – if the containers aren’t cool, condensation on the inside will make the cheese turn mouldy more quickly. After the cheese cools, clingwrap it and return it to the container. This prevents it from absorbing smells from the fridge.
10 SLICED HAM If not stored properly, ham turns slimy in three to four days from a mixture of condensation and natural oils in the meat. Keep it wrapped in greaseproof paper in an airtight container in the lowest part of the fridge, above the veggie compartment.