Storing food for safety, freshness and longevity

4 minute read  |  Produced: October 2014  |  Revised: July 2021

Key points:

  • Knowing how to store your food can help it stay fresh for longer.

In this factsheet:

Storing food for safety, freshness and longevity

Knowing how to store your food can help it stay fresh for longer. Here are some top tips on how to store foods in your fridge and pantry.

Vegetables

Place foods like onion, potato, garlic and ginger in the pantry.
Store vegetables in the crisper at the bottom of your fridge. To prevent wilting, carrots & celery can be stored in water.
To prevent waste, older vegetables can be diced and stored in the freezer in an airtight container to be used later in soups, stews and curries.

Fruit

Put apples, berries and grapes in the crisper at the bottom of your fridge.
Place fruits like bananas and citrus in a bowl on the table or kitchen bench.
Stone fruits can also be put in the fruit bowl on the table to ripen, then transferred to the fridge.
Most fruits can also be stored in the freezer.

Meat and dairy

Store meat, dairy and eggs on the bottom shelf.
Put extra meat in the freezer to use later.

Grains and canned foods

Place grains like rice and pasta in the cupboard.
Cans can also go in the cupboard in a cool, dry spot.


This factsheet was developed for the Cook Well, Eat Well project. Brought to you by VicHealth and Nutrition Australia Vic Division, Cook Well Eat Well helps Victorians create healthy meals at home during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Over 25 community organisations across Victoria were engaged to help shape Cook Well, Eat Well, and its content.