Storage helps save your food right up until you eat it.
These tips can help organise your kitchen and keep your food out of the bin!
Handy food storage guide
Are you ever overwhelmed by kitchen chaos? Honey, are you in the fridge?
Download and print this food storage poster (PDF 4.4MB) to keep on your pantry door.
For more advice and handy hints on food storage from Love Food Hate Waste Victoria click here.
Organise your fridge
- The fridge is the ideal place to store most of your fruit and vegetables.
- Check that your fridge is between 3 and 4°C to help preserve food for longer.
- Make sure your fridge isn’t overcrowded.
- Use airtight containers for storing food.
Get the most out of your freezer
- If you’re freezing food, put a label on it. Here is an example of a freezer label (PDF 267KB) you could use.
- An easy label fix is to tear off a bit of masking tape and write on it.
- Many foods can be frozen before their ‘Use by’ dates.
‘Use by’ and ‘Best before’ dates
Did you know these labels mean very different things?
- 'Use by’ is about food safety. Do not eat any food items beyond their ‘Use by’ date. You will mainly find ‘Use by’ dates on meat, seafood and chilled products.
- ‘Best before’ is about food quality rather than food safety. Use your senses to decide if it is still good to eat.
- Take extra care if you are pregnant, sick, elderly or giving the food to a young child.
For more ACT Government information on food safety go to ACT Health Protection Services.
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