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Storage do's and don'ts


Storing food the right way can help it last longer, meaning you get more time to enjoy it and you'll waste less.

Check out our Fresh Produce Storage Guides for the Fridge and the Pantry for the best way to store what, where:

Fridge Storage Guide

Fresh Produce Storage Guide Fridge

Pantry Storage Guide

Fresh Produce Storage Guide Pantry screenshot



Storage Do's and Don'ts 

Follow these handy tips to make sure you're not wasting your groceries!


Bench top or pantry

  • Do keep very ripe fruit in a separate fruit bowl, unless you want everything around it to ripen as well. Ripe fruits give off ethylene which will ripen other fruit nearby. 
  • Do keep open packets of biscuits, crackers and nuts in sealed containers to keep them fresh.
  • Do write purchase dates on dry ingredients so you know what to use up first and use clear jars or containers so you can see what you have.
  • Don't store onions and potatoes together, as the gases they each give off will cause the other to spoil.
  • Don't refrigerate potatoes as they will turn green and go soft.



  • Do store mushrooms in a brown paper bag in your fridge crisper. Plastic will make mushrooms ‘sweat’.
  • Do move ripe fruit like avocados and stone fruit to the fridge once they're ripe to slow down further ripening
  • Do store soft cheeses in waxed cheese paper or baking paper. Plastic wrap will make the cheese ‘sweat’.
  • Don't store lettuce with melons, apples, pears, or other such (ethylene gas-emitting) fruits as they will cause the lettuce to turn brown.
  • Don't store bread in the fridge as it will dry out and go stale faster. 
  • Don't store tomatoes in the fridge as they won't develop their full flavour. 
  • Do keep raw meat in a sealed container or wrapped to avoid contamination with other food types such as salads or vegetables.


Next: Watch the video "6 smart storage hacks"


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