7 Love your leftovers

The final step is saving your leftovers to eat later. Store leftover food in clear, airtight containers so that you can easily see inside.

Leftovers make for a convenient lunch the next day or an easy weeknight dinner when you know you won’t have time to cook. Sometimes the hardest part can be remembering to eat your leftovers. You could leave a ‘grab leftovers’ note for yourself before you go to bed, or try the age-old trick of leaving your keys inside the fridge so that you have to go there in the morning!

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Here are our top food storage tips:

Save it in the fridge

  • Place cooked food in the fridge or freezer within 2 hours
  • Store raw food in separate containers to cooked food
  • Label your containers with the date
  • Check your fridge temperature; it should be between 3-4 degrees Celsius

Save it in the freezer

  • Label your containers with the date
  • Freeze leftovers in meal sized portions so they are easy to defrost and reheat
  • Freeze excess food like pasta sauces, sliced bread, and stock
  • Keep your freezer under minus 18 degrees Celsius

Save it from landfill

  • Compost or worm farm unavoidable food waste
  • Re-use or recycle jars and containers


  • Keep tomatoes, potatoes and onions at room temperature, away from direct sunlight
  • Defrost frozen meat by leaving it in the fridge; not at room temperature
  • Don’t store certain foods together like onions and potatoes, as the gases they give off will cause the others to spoil 
  • Store bread at room temperature or freeze it, but don’t keep it in the fridge because it will become stale faster

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