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New research published by WRAP shows that having your fridge at the right temperature – between 0°C and 5°C – can help preserve food for longer. Research shows that up to 70% of our fridges are too warm, meaning food won’t last as long as it could. Milk goes off much quicker if the fridge is just a few degrees too warm.
What's best in the fridge?
The fridge is the ideal place to store most of your fruit and veg (except bananas and pineapples – keep these cool but don’t refrigerate; and potatoes and onions should be kept out of the fridge, in a cool, dark place like a cupboard, potato/onion bag, pantry or your garage).
In fact fruit lasts up to two weeks longer in the fridge in the pack it came in than in the fruit bowl.
Fruit and veg packaging has been designed to help it stay at it's best for longer, so don’t take the packaging off until you’re ready to eat the food. Check the pack for instructions if you're not sure.
It’s best not to put bread in the fridge as it goes stale much quicker. Bread keeps better in a cool dark place such as the bread bin or a store cupboard. Bread also freezes well for use another time.
Keeping food fresher for longer
Once opened, food like cheese and ham keep better if they’re well wrapped by re-closing the pack, wrapping in cling film or foil, or putting it in an air tight container.
Make the most of your food by cooling leftovers as quickly as possible after cooking and store them in the fridge. Eat within two days or freeze for another day.
And finally if you aren’t going to eat it, remember you can always freeze food before the use-by date. Defrost when you need it and use within 24 hours.
- Check out our recipes to use up your leftover food - perfect for creating tast and nutritious meals in a flash.
- Find out more about storing your food safely by taking a look at our A-Z of food.
- Discover more top tips for looking after your food by by reading our article Learn how to store your food.