8 Ways to Keep Food Fresher for Longer

Through FoodCloud, Tesco donates surplus food to charities within their communities, food that is perfectly fit for human consumption but cannot be sold for a variety of reasons (e.g.: fresh produce that will not be sold the next day, short dated product, slightly damaged packaging or mistakes in ordering).

In celebration of our partnership with FoodCloud and our commitment to help Irish families cut down on food waste, we're bringing you eight of our favourite ways to keep your food fresher for longer.

8 ways to keep your ood fresher for longer

1. Stop Bananas Going Brown

Separate each fruit and wrap their stems in cling film. This prevents most of the ethylene gas in bananas (which causes the fruit to ripen so quickly) from escaping.

2. Fresh Eggs Test

If you have a batch of eggs that have been around for a while, test them before eating by filling a bowl with cold water and placing the eggs in one by one. Eggs that sink are still good to eat; the floaters are not, so throw them away.

3. Stop Mushrooms from Browning

Wrap them in paper towels before putting them in the fridge to stop them from going slimy.

4. How to Prevent Bugs in Flour

Flour can unexpectedly become a breeding place for weevils and other nasty insects. Don’t become a victim of these little pests: freeze your flour for two days in a freezer bag to eliminate their eggs and any chance of finding bugs in your baking supplies.

5. How to Store Bread Properly

Contrary to popular belief, keeping bread in the fridge doesn’t keep it fresh – it actually speeds up the spoiling process. Keeping bread tightly sealed in a cupboard or bread bin is your best bet. If you know you’ll take a while to eat it, freeze it or see these unexpected uses for stale bread.

6. Wash Berries in a Vinegar Solution

Increase the life of strawberries, raspberries and other berries by washing them in a mixture of vinegar and water on the day you get them. Vinegar is a natural disinfectant and quickly gets rid of any emerging mould. Dry them off with paper towels and refrigerate in a clean container.

7. Revive Wilted Greens

A tub of ice water is all you need to restore the crispy texture of greens. Soak the leaves before eating them and the scientific magic of osmosis will make them look and taste fresh again.

8. Decrystallise Honey

You shouldn’t throw your honey away just because it’s gone cloudy or crystallised. Simply microwave it in 30-second batches to watch it turn clear again.