Store food

Knowing how to store food correctly can save money, time and food. Save up to $112 per week by following these food storage tips.1

Keep it visible

Store food so you can see it - in clear containers with labels facing forward.

Eat-me-first shelf

Make the top shelf in your fridge the eat-me-first shelf. Look here first.

Freeze for later

Freeze items you won't eat in the next few days. Add to a future menu plan.

Text 'food' to 0481 889 889 to receive text messages to participate in the Save Money Save Food challenge and help save your household money and reduce food waste.

How-to video

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Step 1: Check your fridge.

Step 2: Move food that needs to be eaten to the eat-me-first shelf.

Step 3: Freeze any food that won't be eaten in the next few days.

Storage tips for Brisbane's most wasted foods

Tips for meat

  • Do a mid-week check to see if you have any uncooked meat in your fridge. Freeze fresh meat if you haven't used it.
  • Check your fridge for any leftover meat. Make toasted sandwiches with any leftover meat.
  • Keep prepared meals with meat on the top shelf to be eaten first.

Tips for salad greens

  • To keep greens fresher for longer, place leafy greens in a container with a damp cloth. Alternatively, place a piece of paper towel inside a packet of leafy greens.

    How to store leafy greens

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    Step 1: Place paper towel in a container or veg crisper to keep leafy greens fresher for longer.

  • When your avocados start to ripen on the bench, place them in the fridge to slow the ripening process.

    Check your avocados

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    Step 1: Check the ripeness of your avocados.

    Step 2: Place avocados in the fridge to slow the ripening process.

  • If lettuce, asparagus, zucchini, carrots or celery have gone limp, soak them in a bowl of cold water in the fridge. They'll soon perk up!
  • To keep broccoli fresh for longer, place it in a cup of water in the fridge with the stalks submerged.

Tips for bread

  • After two to three days on the bench, put bread in the freezer and use for toast.
  • Keep bread fresh for longer by storing it in a cool and dry place in your kitchen. Do not store it on top of your refrigerator or dishwasher.
  • Use up the crusts of bread by making breadcrumbs in a blender. Keep in the freezer to use in meatballs, or as a pasta topping.

    How to use up bread crusts

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    Step 1: Use leftover bread crusts to blend into breadcrumbs.

    Step 2: Place breadcrumbs in a container.


Storing food to keep it fresh, making sure it's visible and organised and using your freezer can save up to $112 each week if a household spends $52 on eating out because you don't know what you have to eat, $40 on food thrown out because it's gone bad before you've eaten it or frozen it, and $20 on new groceries before eating what you have.

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