9 foods that should be kept in the fridge
Some foods need to be chilled to stop them from spoiling, while others don't. Prevent food wastage with our guide to foods that should be kept in the fridge
To fridge, or not to fridge? You might be surprised at the array of unlikely ingredients that last longer when chilled, while some should never go near a refrigerator. For others, it may depend on how often you use them. Nobody wants to be wasting food unnecessarily – for the good of the planet as well as our purse strings.
Find out which foods are best kept in the fridge, then discover how to use up all of your leftovers, what to do with leftover bread and how to use up leftover yogurt. To further prevent your food from spoiling, try our bread bins and ways to store bread, best food storage containers and how to store fresh herbs so they last longer.
Can you put hot food in the fridge?
You should always wait for food to thoroughly cool before putting it in the fridge, otherwise it can raise the temperature of the fridge above a safe level, creating an environment for bacteria to grow.
How long can cooked food stay in the fridge?
You should use up your cooked food leftovers within two days. Make sure to reheat your leftovers to piping hot before eating.
How to store food in the fridge so it stays fresh
Store leftovers in leakproof containers with lids. If you have leftovers from a can, make sure to decant them into a lidded container, otherwise metal from the tin can leach into the food. For meat, fish and poultry, keep them in the coldest part of the fridge and make sure they are covered or wrapped so raw juices don't leak onto other foods in the fridge. Use the door of your fridge (the warmest part) for non-perishables such as condiments but not for milk. Keep fruit and vegetables in their original packaging and separate.
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Foods that should always be stored in the fridge
1. Fish sauce, sesame oil & maple syrup
All of these sauces and syrups are best kept in the fridge in an airtight container.
Mayonnaise will keep in the fridge once opened.
3. Mustard & natural nut butters
Store these upside down in the fridge to stop the oils separating.
4. Soft herbs
Soft herbs keep well in a glass of water in the fridge, covered.
5. Woody herbs
Wrap woody herbs in damp kitchen paper to help them keep well in the fridge.
6. Jams & marmalades
Jams and marmalades are best stored in the fridge once opened.
This tipple can be stored in the fridge for 1-2 months after being opened.
8. Most sherries
The majority of sherries should be stored in the fridge once opened and used within 1-2 weeks.
9. Soy sauce
Soy sauce should ideally be kept in the fridge, especially if you don’t plan on using it very often.
Foods which can be kept in the fridge or at room temperature
Ketchup can be kept at room temperature or in the fridge if not used very often.
2. Hot sauce
This spicy sauce can be stored at room temperature or in the fridge.
3. Dried fruit
Dried fruit be chilled or kept in an airtight container in a cool place.
Keep citrus fruits in your fruit bowl for 1 week, or preserve them in the fridge for a few months.
Foods which should never be stored in the fridge
Store bread in the freezer, but never in the fridge.
Keep coffee grounds and beans in an airtight container.
Pastries are best kept in an airtight container.
4. Wholemeal flours
This type of flour is best stored in the freezer and can be used from frozen.
5. Olive oil
Olive oil is best kept kept in a cool cupboard.
Keep this condiment in the cupboard.
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