Keep it fresh

Learn how to store and freeze your food to

keep it at its best, longer.

Store it correctly

Did you know that you shouldn’t wash berries until you are ready to eat them, or that potatoes should be stored in a cool, dark place. Learn how to store your favorite foods with the interactive food storage guide from Save the Food


Know your drawers

Most refrigerators have produce drawers with humidity settings. Get to know your settings and improve the lifespan of your fruits and vegetables. 


Keep it separated

Separate very ripe fruit, such as apples and bananas, from your other produce. As some fruits ripen, they give off a gas that causes other produce to ripen quickly and go bad. Check your fruit regularly and eat the ripest first. Try drying or freezing ripe fruit if you can’t eat it fast enough.   



Food shelf life estimates are helpful. However, they are estimates so always use your best judgment. Get to know what date labels mean so you aren’t throwing food out too early.

Refrigeration Best Practices

Click to download this info sheet

about refrigerator best practices

Fruit and Vegetable Storage Guide

Click to download & print this

food storage guide for your fridge

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