Fresher for Longer
From ziplocks on cheese packs to breathable fruit and veg bags, the packaging food comes in has been cleverly designed with all sorts of cunning features.
So when you get your food home, keep it in its original packaging and follow on pack instructions to keep food at its best. If you buy your fruit and veg loose they can also last longer if stored properly in a bag that is lightly tied in the fridge
8 ways packaging helps reduce the amount of good food we throw away in our homes...
Love your bags
Loads of people don’t realise fruit and veg, like carrots, peppers and apples, are best kept in the bag they come in as it keeps it fresher for longer. A shrink-wrapped cucumber for example will last around three times longer than a non-shrink-wrapped one.
Sealed with a kiss
Resealable packs for cheese prevent it drying out, particularly important in the fridge. If your cheese of choice doesn’t have a resealable pack, make sure you wrap it well in clingfilm, foil or in a plastic tub
Some now, some later
Lots of food comes in clever packs that are subdivided, so that you can use some now, some later. Look out for salads, sliced meats, and bakery products such as part-baked baguettes like this.
Bigger isn’t always better
Smaller packs of bread (which still have the same size slices) are great if you’re not going to eat a big loaf before it goes off. If you do buy a big loaf why not freeze half and toast straight from frozen?
Magic in the air
The air inside plastic containers (such as bags of salad) is often modified to keep it fresher for longer in your fridge and slow down decomposition, giving us longer to eat it. Magical!
Design bods have been busy designing all sorts of nifty tricks including vacuum-packing and shrink-wrapping, which can now keep meat fresher for twice as long.
Food packaging also helps protect fruit and veg from bruising in transit and storage so you can get a perfect peach, for example, without bruising, cutting down food waste.
Read all about it
Packaging doesn’t just protect our food in the supermarket, in transit and in the home, it also houses lots of handy information on how to store it, how much to cook, when it should be eaten to enjoy at its best and whether it can be frozen, which all help us reduce the amount of good food we throw away.