Love Food Hate Waste has lots of hints and tips. From how best to use your freezer, creative ways of using leftovers and more.
Did you know you can freeze milk?
Milk can be successfully frozen. The fresher it is when you freeze it, the fresher it will be when you thaw it, so freeze it as soon as possible. Milk will expand when frozen so tip a small amount out of the bottle (use it in a hot drink) before freezing. Thaw in the fridge and shake well before using.
When it comes to leftovers, remember the 2-2-2 rule
1. You have 2 hours to get your leftovers into the fridge. 2. You should eat them within 2 days. 3. They will last for at least 2 months in the freezer.
Bananas don't belong in fruit bowls
The fruit bowl is the worst place for a banana to be. Ethylene gas, released by foods such as apples and pears, causes bananas to ripen faster. Once bananas are ripe they produce ethylene gas, which ripens other fruit. It’s best to keep your bananas out-of-the-fridge and away from other fruits.
Best before dates
Is it safe to eat eggs after their best before date?
In New Zealand eggs are safe to eat after their best before date, but you need to keep them cool to keep them fresher for longer. To check if an egg is fresh you should do the float test – place it in a bowl of water, if it floats it is no longer fresh enough to eat.
Bread should be stored in the freezer.
The humid climate in New Zealand means that bread often goes mouldy faster than it goes stale. Storing bread in the freezer will stop this from happening and keep your bread fresh. In warm summer months storing your bread in the fridge is safer than storing it in the pantry.