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Fridge and freezer tips


Check the seals on your fridge and freezer, and replace them if necessary. Your food will stay fresher, and you'll save on power bills.


What’s cold, big and usually white or stainless steel? It’s a fridge. Fridges do more than keeping our food cold – they help keep our food fresh, nutritious and tasty.

  • Check your fridge temperature is 3-4°C. You can buy fridge thermometers at supermarkets, cooking stores or department stores.
  • Keep all perishable and cooked food in the fridge. This reduces spoilage and prevents harmful bacteria growing.
  • Store raw foods and cooked foods separately.
  • Avoid overcrowding your fridge. Air must be able to circulate around the food and the fridge to keep it cool.
  • Avoid eating food that has been out of the fridge for more than two hours.


  • Label and date items when you put them in the freezer. You could label them with your own 'use-by' dates. See Store food correctly to check the storage life.
  • Leftovers such as soups or sauces can be frozen and used as easy meals at a later date.
  • Frozen foods should be put in the freezer as soon as you return home from the shop. A temperature of minus 18°C almost completely stops deterioration.
  • Cool leftovers (that are to be frozen) quickly. Leave meals on the bench to cool only until the steam stops rising. Place hot food directly into the container it will be frozen in. Smaller containers allow the food to cool faster.
  • Avoid freezing large serving sizes. Storing food in 1–2 serving sizes will freeze it faster and it will be easier to defrost what you need when you need it.
  • Wrap food properly and exclude as much air as possible. This will help to stop ice forming and prevent freezer burn.
  • Avoid overcrowding your freezer. It is important that your freezer remains at the correct temperature to prevent food from deteriorating.

Freezer wrapping

  • Plastic wrap/cling film: multipurpose cling film is suitable for freezing.
  • Aluminium foil: heavy-duty foil is recommended for freezing because it is less likely to tear. You can use foil as a lid for containers, and to wrap bread and cakes as well as other solid items.
  • Containers: plastic containers with airtight lids are perfect for storing liquids, including soups and semi-solid foods like casseroles.

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