6 Food Storage Hacks You Need to Know

Clever food storage ideas to reduce food waste and keep your kitchen clutter free. From lemons, to potatoes and more, these tips might help you free up some precious kitchen space.

1. Know How to Store Lemons

Lemons stored on a kitchen worktop will only last a week before drying out. Keep them fresh and juicier for longer by storing in sealed glass jars and covered with water, which seals the lemon peel and stops them drying out. Store the jars in the fridge for up to a month.

2. Keep Bread Fresher for Longer

Preserve your loaf’s freshness by storing it at room temperature. Keeping bread in the fridge will certainly delay it going mouldy and keep it edible for longer, but it’ll go stale faster.

The best option to reduce waste is to keep half a loaf out and pop the other half in the freezer – you can toast it straight from frozen.

3. Know How to Store Root Vegetables

Cut the tops off root veg to make them last longer (think carrots, parsnips, radishes, swede – but not beetroot as it will ‘bleed’ easily).

The roots draw moisture from the vegetable, which is why they dry out so quickly, making them lose flavour. And don’t wash vegetables until you’re ready to eat them otherwise the moisture will make them spoil faster.

4. Know How to Upcycle Glass Jars

Banish messy plastic packaging and organise dry pantry staples using Mason jars or washed-out jam jars. Don’t restrict yourself to one size, a mixture can be useful and will look stylish stored together.

Clean and thoroughly dry the jars first, as even the tiniest bit of moisture can ruin dried food. And label each jar so you can easily pick out your quinoa from your couscous.

5. Know How to Store Potatoes

Keep potatoes away from onions as they both produce gases that will cause the other to spoil quickly. Spuds should also be kept in a cool, dry place – don’t put them in the fridge with the other veg – store them in a basket or brown paper bag instead.

6. Know How to Use the Right Food Storage Containers

You’re better off using a quality plastic food storage container with a sealed lid to keep your leftover meals fresher for longer. Washed-out takeaway boxes can be handy, but they’re not water-tight.