The Coronavirus has transformed how we live, work and interact with others. It has also changed the way in which many of us view food. One of the main instructions issued by the Government has been to limit trips to the supermarket. This has led many of us to stock up with supplies. With this in mind, we’ve put together some tips to help keep your food fresher for longer and to avoid any unnecessary waste…

1. Wrap Banana Stems In Plastic Wrap: You can keep bananas fresher for longer by wrapping the stems in plastic wrap. Bananas release ethylene gas, which speed up the enzymatic process of ripening, therefore wrapping the stems can prevent the gas from escaping.

2. Put An Apple In Your Bag of Potatoes: You should keep potatoes in a dark and cool place. Just like bananas, apples release ethylene gas. By placing an apple into your bag of spuds it means that they won’t sprout as quickly as they would normally.

3. Store Milk And Eggs In The Middle, Not The Door Of The Fridge: The reason for this being that it’s cooler and the temperature is more stable there. Make sure your milk carton is secured tightly though – you don’t want any spillages!

4. Put Garlic In A Brown Paper Bag Punched With Holes: Store garlic at room temperature in a dry, dark place that has plenty of air circulation. You can put it in a brown paper bag with small holes punched in it for ventilation. This punched paper bag method should extend the life of onions, garlic, and shallots.

5. Put Onions In Tights: Find some clean tights and add onions to each leg, tying knots between each one. The tights allow air to flow around the onions while the knot over each prevents themfrom touching each other, keeping rotting to a minimum. Hang at room temperature.

6. Store Tomatoes With Their Stem Down: Storing tomatoes with their stems down keeps air from getting in and moisture from getting out.

7. Wrap Celery in Aluminium Foil: To help celery keep its crispness and last as long as possible, you will want to take it out from the plastic bag it came in as soon as you get home from the supermarket. Instead, keep it whole, wrap it in aluminium foil, and store it in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator.

8. Add Sugar Cubes to Keep Cheese Fresher: Firstly, you should always double-wrap your cheese in waxed paper or baking parchment. This type of paper is designed to allow the cheese to breathe. You can then place the wrapped cheese in a Tupperware box, lined with dampened kitchen towel. Lastly, place one or two sugar cubes in with the cheese, in the corner of the box, then seal and refrigerate. The sugar should help to regulate the atmosphere inside the box, preventing the cheese from sweating and therefore keeping it fresher for longer.

9. Wash Berries With Vinegar: Berries carry mould spores that cause them to go bad very quickly. To prevent this from happening you can wash the berries in a solution of three cups water and one cup vinegar. Then rinse and dry them thoroughly before placing them back in the fridge.

10. Put Herbs In An Ice Tray With Olive Oil: Remove the herbs from any stalks and place them in an ice cube tray. Fill each section up halfway with herbs and then top with olive oil. Cover the tray with plastic wrap and freeze.

In cutting down our food waste we can help the planet and support our community to access food at this challenging time.