6 Food Storage Tips To Last Longer

Do you want to know how to store food so it lasts longer? If you do, you’re in luck!

In this blog post, I will share six easy tips to help keep your food fresh. Many people need to realize how important it is to store their food properly.

The average American family throws 14% of the food they buy in the trash, all because it hasn’t been stored properly!

Organizing Fruit & Vegetables

When you’re putting your groceries away, throwing produce straight into the crisper together is easy, but this is a problem. Apples and other fruits release the gas ethylene, which increases the speed at which vegetables ripen!

So ensure you separate the fruit from your vegetables.

You can also extend the life of your leafy greens by wrapping them in a damp paper towel, then you can put them in a plastic bag and into the fridge, it works like a charm!

Understanding Room Temperature

Room temperature is different for different types of food. In general, though, you should store dry goods like grains, cereals, and nuts in a cool, dark place.

Pantry items like oils and spices can be stored at room temperature as well.

On the other hand, you’ll want to store fresh produce and dairy in the fridge, where it’s cool and dark.

Bread is a gray area. Some people like storing it in the fridge, while others say it dries it out. Ultimately, it’s up to you!

If you choose to store bread in the fridge, put it in an airtight container or bag to prevent it from drying out.

Use Correct Packaging

The type of packaging you use can also affect how long your food lasts.

For example, meat and poultry will last longer if you store it in the freezer in its original packaging. But if you’re going to thaw it and cook it within a few days, you can repackage it in a freezer-safe bag or container.

On the other hand, fresh produce like fruits and vegetables should not be stored in airtight containers, as they need to breathe.

My number 1 recommendation for storing food is to use vacuum-sealed or zip-lock bags, making sure the air is squeezed out.

Protect Your Dry Goods

Store dry kitchen products like flour, cornmeal, and other grains in the refrigerator or freezer to prevent pests from destroying them.

You can also keep these items in airtight, resealable bags or containers.

Canned goods have a tendency to attract pests as well, so it’s essential to store them in a cool, dark location like a pantry or cupboard.

Put Bananas In The Refrigerator

Most people don’t realize that bananas are best stored in the refrigerator. The cool temperature will prevent them from ripening too quickly.

To make bananas last longer, you can wrap the stems in plastic wrap or a baggie.

You can also store ripe bananas in the freezer. Peel them before freezing, and then put them in a freezer-safe bag or container.

Just make sure you store fruit away from your vegetables!

Don’t Leave Leftovers Out

Leaving food out on the counter is a surefire way to shorten its shelf life.

If you’re not going to eat leftovers within a few hours, make sure to store them in the fridge or freezer.

And don’t just cover the leftovers with some kitchen paper or plastic covering. Put your leftovers in an airtight container, you’ll thank me in a couple of days when your leftovers are still delicious!

Frequently Asked Questions:

What stored food lasts the longest?

Certain types of food last longer than others when stored. Here is a list of some of the longest-lasting foods:

  • Canned goods: Most canned goods will last for 2-5 years if stored properly.
  • Dried fruits and vegetables: Dried fruits and vegetables can last up to a year if stored in a cool, dry place.
  • Nuts and seeds: Nuts and seeds can last up to a year if stored in a cool, dry place.
  • Flour: Flour can last up to a year if stored in a cool, dry place.

What food never expires?

Some foods never expire; honey, salt, and sugar are the most popular.


Storing your food correctly is essential to make it last as long as possible. By following the tips in this article, you can be sure your food will stay fresh and delicious for longer.

Do you have any additional tips for how to store food to last longer? Share them in the comments below!

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