Plums, carrots, and even PEARS: The VERY surprising foods that should be kept in the fridge, according to the Government (and how to keep them fresher for longer)
- Official food waste advisers Wrap have published list of foods to keep chilled
- They have released the information as they launch a new 'blue fridge' logo
- The label aims to help shoppers waste less food
Many may have raised eyebrows at the news that apples and oranges should be kept in the fridge, according to a Government-backed report.
But they are not the only surprising foods that are best kept chilled, according to official food waste advisers.
Plums, tomatoes and even pears belong in the refrigerator rather than in the cupboard or in a fruit bowl, it has been announced.
It follows the launch of a new blue fridge logo on food packets that aims to help prevent ￡1 billion worth of edible fresh produce being thrown away every year.?
Pears should be kept in the fridge in their original packaging or a loose plastic bag rather than the fruit bowl, according to Wrap. Carrots should also be kept chilled either loose, in original packaging or in a loose plastic bag, it says
The best way to store perishable foods is in the original packaging in a fridge where the temperature is kept below 5C, it was announced by the?Waste and Resources Action Programme (Wrap) today.?
However the list of foods which it recommends shoppers keep in their fridges may surprise some.
The foods include items you may keep in the fruit bowl, such as plums and pears, while carrots are actually best kept chilled too.
Wrap has also revealed the best way to keep groceries fresher for longer, such as using lemon juice to stop avocados from turning brown and freshening up broccoli by storing it in a glass of water when it starts to wilt.?
The foods to keep in the fridge
The groceries include:
Kiwis should also be kept in the fridge, not the fruit bowl, and will keep freshest if you store them in their original packaging away from other fruits
Apples, Avocado, Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Cheese, Cucumber, Eggs, Herbs, Kiwi, Leek, Lemons, Lettuce, Melons, Mushrooms, Orange, Pears, Peppers, Plums Spinach Tomatoes, Watercress.?
How to keep them fresher for longer, according to Wrap
Apples – Best kept in the fridge in their original packaging and not the fruit bowl
Avocado – Keep avocados fresher for longer by storing them in their original packaging in the fridge. Lemon juice helps to stop cut avocados turning brown.
Broccoli – Broccoli should be stored in the fridge in its original packaging. Freshen up broccoli by placing the stem in a jar or glass of water in the fridge.
Carrots – Carrots stay fresh and hard for even longer by keeping them in the fridge and keeping in the packaging or loosely tied in the free vegetable bag they were brought home in.
Cauliflower – Keep cauliflower fresher for longer by storing it in its original packaging in the fridge.
Many people keep their eggs outside the fridge but Wrap say they will keep fresher for longer by keeping them in the fridge in the box they come in
Celery – keep in any packaging and pop it in the fridge. It will keep for weeks.
Cheese – Hard cheese should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge or use a bag clip to seal the packaging. Blue cheese can be wrapped in tin foil.
Cucumber – keep it in its original packaging in the fridge
Eggs – best kept in the fridge in their box, you can tell if they’re fresh, by putting them in water – if they float they’re off, if they sink they’re good
Herbs - Instead of putting your fresh herbs into the salad drawer, half fill an old jar with cold water, stand the herbs in the jar and cover with a (recycled!) plastic bag held with an elastic band. Keep in the door of your fridge.
Kiwi - Store kiwis in their original packaging in the fridge, but away from other fruits.
Tomatoes are best kept chilled too and leaving them in the cupboard won't improve their flavour, according to Wrap
Leek - Leeks are best stored in the fridge in their original packaging or alternatively inside a loosely tied plastic bag to help keep them fresher for longer.
Lemons - Keep lemons in the fridge, in a loosely tied plastic bag, for freshness. Bring to room temperature to use them.
Lettuce - Lettuce should be left in its original packaging in the fridge (if it came wrapped) and in the crisper drawer, if your fridge has one. Put lettuce leaves in a tub lined with a piece of kitchen paper to keep them fresher. Lettuce gone a bit limp? Soak individual leaves in a bowl of cold water in the fridge, they’ll soon perk up.
Melons - Melons stay fresh for up to a week longer if kept in the fridge.
Mushrooms - When buying loose mushrooms, keep them in the paper bags provided and put in the fridge for freshness. Chilled they last much longer than if kept out of the fridge.
Orange - Store oranges in the fridge. Oranges keep their freshness and quality for much longer than storing them at room temperature, and keeping them in the fridge in a loosely tied plastic bag will also help stop them shrivelling up.
Plums are another fruit that are best kept chilled in the fridge
Pears - For freshness and quality, store pears in the fridge, ideally in their original packaging or in a loosely tied plastic bag, which will also help stop them shrivelling up.
Pepper - Store them in the fridge in their original packaging. Always put cut peppers in a storage container or bag in the crisper drawer, if your fridge has one.?
Plums - Keep plums fresher for longer by storing them in their original packaging in the fridge.
Tomato - Keep tomatoes fresher for longer by keeping them in their original packaging in the fridge. Supermarket tomatoes have been chilled in transportation so there is no value in keeping them out of the fridge to retain flavour, but you could always take them out of the fridge a few minutes before serving if you prefer.
Vegetables - Put old carrots or soft celery into a glass of water in the fridge to revive them.
Watercress - Try to buy watercress in bunches and keep it fresh by putting the stems in a jar of water (like a bunch of flowers) and store in the fridge.
Keeping these foods in the fridge in their original packaging will add three days to the life of many foods, according to Wrap.
It has issued new labelling guidance to supermarkets which recommends the 'little blue fridge' logo should be used on packs alongside the wording 'Store in the fridge below 5C'.
It believes this will serve as a constant reminder to families to make sure their fridges are kept cold enough.
Wrap said: 'Only one third of UK fridges are set within the recommended temperature range, below 5C, and another third operate above 9C.
'Ensuring the correct temperatures for household fridges and storing the right foods in the fridge can add an average of three days life to food, and save households ￡280million a year.'?
... and the foods you SHOULDN'T keep in the fridge
Onions?- Onions are best stored in a cool, dry, dark place, ideally in a cloth bag, or in their packaging if in a plastic bag, not in the fridge.?
Bread – To keep bread and rolls fresh and soft, keep them in a cool, dark and dry place like a bread bin or cupboard. Bread will go stale faster in the fridge.
Bananas – store in a cool dry place, not the fridge. Always keep bananas separate from other fruits unless you want the other fruit to ripen quickly. They go brown quite quickly so if you see them start to go speckled, peel them and put them in the freezer.
Potatoes - To store your potatoes, keep in the packaging to put them in a cloth bag. Store them away from strong smelling foods such as onions. Choose somewhere cool, dark and airy – not the fridge.
Sweet Potato - Store in a cool, dry, dark place; ideally in a cloth bag but not the fridge.
Pineapple - Pineapples will go black in the fridge so just keep them somewhere nice and cool. Chopped pineapple is best stored in the fridge.
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