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How To Store Your Fruit And Veg To Make It Last Longer

Store tomatoes and plums together but keep bananas away at all times.

19/04/2016 11:40 | Updated 21 April 2016

 If you find you're constantly throwing out food that's gone off, it may mean you're storing it incorrectly.

Certain fruit and veg produce gases during ripening that can reduce the shelf-life of neighbours in the fruit bowl or veggie drawer.

This leads to them spoiling quicker and often ending up in the bin.

To combat the problem, Sainsbury’s has created the 'Culinary Companionship Code' to help shoppers store their products correctly. 

Sainsbury's

The infographic guides shoppers through a list of ‘perfect pears’ for example, berries and grapes are firm-fridge-friends, while pineapples and lemons are best together, at room temperature.

The idea is part of the supermarket's 'Waste Less, Save More' campaign, designed to reduce both food waste and spending within families.

The average UK family household wastes £700 per year in food that could be eaten, but ends up being thrown out instead. Fresh fruit and vegetables contribute a significant amount with 20% of what is bought being wasted, amounting to £2.6 billion. 

According to researchers at Sainsbury’s, shoppers could save over £100 per year just by storing foods next to compatible products. 

Sainsbury's

Paul Crewe, head of sustainability at Sainsbury’s said: “Our guide gives new meaning to the word ‘Frenemies’, highlighting certain fruits, which just don’t get along!  Apples and watermelons are long-term enemies while bananas don’t play well with others and should be kept on their own.

"On the other hand, there are some more sociable fruits! Cherries are immune to the negative effects of the ethylene produced by others and can therefore be paired with a variety of partners."

Check out the tables below for more information on the foods to store together and the foods to store apart.

VEGEMATES

Name

Perfect Match

Shared Values

Berries

Grapes

Both need to be refrigerated immediately to prevent decay.

Onion

Garlic

Both like cool and dark places.

Citrus Fruit

Pineapple

Both cease to ripen once picked.

Best stored on the counter top.

Cucumber

Peppers

Both need to be kept away from fruit as they are spoiled by ethylene. Keep in the fridge.

Apples

Cherries

Cherries aren’t affected by high levels of ethylene produced by apples. Store in the fridge.

Kiwi

Avocado

Both like to be on the counter top until ripe and then refrigerated to preserve.

Tomatoes

Plums

Storing in the fridge and bringing to room temperature before eating ensures best flavour.

Nectarines/

peaches

Pears

Storing these fruits at room temperature results in them sweetening. Premature refrigeration causes loss of flavour.

Carrots

Beetroot/ parsnips

All like to be refrigerated.

Cauliflower

Broccoli

Both like to be stored in the fridge and away from ethylene producing produce.

Sweetcorn

Peas

Both like to be kept refrigerated but will lose sweetness after a couple of weeks.

Potato

Sweet potato

Keep in a cool, dark and dry place away from fruit which produce high levels of ethylene as this will result in early sprouting.

FRENEMIES

Name

Sworn Enemy

The Beef…

Apples

Watermelons

Apples and watermelons both love to be in the fridge.  However, apples produce high levels of ethylene which turn the watermelons mushy.

Onions

Potatoes

Onions produce a low small amount of ethylene – so while they won’t have a major impact on them in terms of spoiling, potatoes are prone to being tainted with the onion flavour if stored together.

Banana

ALL

Keep away from others! Bananas will result in most fruit or veg ripening quickly and spoiling.

 

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