The A-Z of storing food right

Storing food can be done in many different ways. This Aerinlé guide is here to help!

The A-Z of storing food right

Wondering why your supermarket haul doesn’t stay fresh for long? You may not be storing food right. Here are our tips on storing eight grocery list must-haves.


Surprisingly, they hate the chill! According to researchers at the University of California, anything below 10 degrees will cause speedy spoilage. As a result, cucumbers should not be refrigerated more for than three days.


Raw eggs can be chilled for up to a month, while hard-boiled ones can be kept for a week. Egg substitutes and separated egg whites or yolks must be consumed within two to four days of being refrigerated.

The A-Z of storing food right


Melons should be stored at room temperature to retain their freshness.  Delicate berries, such as blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries do well in a refrigerator in dry, air-tight containers. Wait for avocados, mangos, peaches, pears and plums to ripen at room temperature before storing them in the refrigerator. Bananas and apples produce ethylene gas which hastens the ripening of other fruits, so remember to stash them away separately.


If you want herbs to stay fresh for longer, place them upright in a cup or jar filled with a small amount of water. Remember to keep your herbs away from direct sunlight. Trim their stems and change the water every couple of days.

Leafy vegetables

Leafy greens should be kept cool and dry. Store them in the refrigerator, loosely wrapped in a paper towel.  It is best not to cut, tear or remove leaves.


Packaged mushrooms can go into the refrigerator immediately, while loose ones should be kept in a paper bag or wrapped in a damp cloth. This method of storing food helps them to stay fresh and retain their shape. Be warned: storing mushrooms in a plastic bag will quickly result in spoilage.

Root vegetables

Beetroot, carrots and radishes are best tucked in the refrigerator, while cool, dark and dry conditions will keep potatoes in tip-top shape.


Any form of moisture from condensation in the fridge will turn tomatoes squishy, and zap away their wholesome flavour. To counter this, gently wipe tomatoes with a paper towel to keep them dry. Doing this regularly will keep tomatoes fresh for longer.

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