11 Simple Hacks For Making Food Last Longer

Most Australian households throw out around $1,000 worth of food every year.

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Here’s 11 simple hacks to help you get more bang for your buck when it comes to grocery shopping!


Brush leftover avocado with lemon juice

This simple act will help it from going brown in the fridge, ensuring even more avo goodness when you next use it.

Store herbs in a glass JAR

Your herbs will last 2-4 times longer if you store them in a glass jar (lid on) in the fridge than if you put them in your vegetable draw wrapped in plastic.  Other veggies that go limp, like asparagus, celery and carrots, can also often be revived by placing them in a cup of water. 


Don’t keep bread in the fridge

Placing bread in the fridge will make it go stale quicker than leaving it out on the kitchen counter. Bread will last much better if kept in the freezer!

Take care how you store your fruit and veg

Some fruits and veggies produce a gas called ethylene as they ripen. Keep ethylene-producing foods such as apples, apricots, avocados, bananas, kiwis, mangoes, nectarines, pears, plums, rockmelon and tomatoes away from ethylene-sensitive foods like berries, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, leafy greens, and watermelon.


Wash before use, not when you get home

Excess water can make produce spoil quicker. If you do wash them before placing in the fridge you’ll also need to dry them to get a longer life.

Keep spinach and lettuce fresher with a paper towel

If you can keep these items in a container with a paper towel – it’ll help to absorb moisture keeping them fresher for an extra few days.

Remove rotting produce asap

As they say, one bad apple can spoil the bunch! If you notice that a piece or fruit or veg is beginning to rot then get it out of there pronto, or else you’ll notice that others will quickly follow!

Don’t keep your potatoes and onions together

These two aren’t natural bedfellows, even if many of us keep them together in the pantry. They’ll stay fresher for much longer if stored separately. Some people recommend storing onions in an old pair of stockings and popping an apple in with the bag of potatoes to keep them fresh even longer.

fruit smoothie

Freeze fruit you aren’t going to use in time

If you think your fruit (or veg) is on the turn and you won’t get the chance to eat it, freeze them. These can then be used to create delicious smoothies. This trick works especially well for berries, stone fruit and bananas.

Keep coffee in an opaque container

The only thing worse than stall, flavourless coffee is rancid coffee! Keep your coffee at its best by limiting the amount of sunlight it gets.

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Cook meals in bigger batches

If you’ve got a surplus of fresh produce that you need to use before it spoils why not cook up a storm. Create extra portions to freeze – these leftovers will make for easy lunches and quick dinners later on and mean you’re not wasting a thing!

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