During the pandemic, the importance of wasting less food has been highlighted more than ever. So, what can we do to ensure we’re making the most of our leftover food? If you live alone or with a partner, it’s often hard to cook a meal without there being some leftovers, so we’ve put together a quick guide on how to keep your leftover food fresh and avoid it going to waste.
If you’ve enjoyed a lovely meal but can’t manage another bite, think ahead about what you’re going to do with the leftovers. Don’t throw them away – today’s leftovers could be tomorrows lunch! You could take them to work and save money on buying lunch or share the leftovers between the kids for their packed lunches. Most foods will last in the fridge for 2-3 days, but if you’re not going to be eating it in that time, freezing the food will be a better plan.
When doing the weekly shop, you may have a large amount of food that you don’t need, simply because of the packaging it comes in. Batch cooking and creating leftovers ‘on purpose’ can save you time as you won’t have to prep meals, and you can simply defrost your dinner on the days when you’re not in the mood to cook.
Show your fridge some love
Organising your fridge is important, to give you more space and keep everything in its place. Fruit and vegetables give off different gases, that will affect how quickly they deteriorate, so be sure to check which ones can be kept together. You also need to check the temperature of your fridge every now and again, to make sure it’s right – the ideal temperature for a fridge is between 3°C and 5°C. Organise your food in the fridge and apply the ‘first in first out’ rule, so the oldest food is eaten first.
Use high-quality food storage.
Invest in the best quality food storage containers you can afford. Containers that are made with quality materials and seal efficiently, will keep your food fresher for longer. The real enemy of fresh food is air getting in through broken seals or holes in the containers or bags. There are specific containers that have mechanisms to remove the air – or to avoid this completely, there are also vacuum sealers available like this one on Amazon, which will remove the air from the bag – keeping the food fresher and making it easier to store.
Invest in a label maker
There’s nothing worse than looking forward to eating leftovers when you get home, only to find they’ve been eaten by a sneaky member of your household. Properly labelling and dating your leftovers will make sure they are eaten within an appropriate time (and also lay claim to what’s rightfully yours). A label maker isn’t necessary of course, a marker will work just as well.
To keep your leftovers fresh, your fridge needs to be in full working order, as without it – family life could come to a halt. If you would like a quote to insure your fridge today, give us a call on 03300885768.