Here's how to save £2,675 a year by storing your food correctly

Lisa Walden
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From Country Living

British households are wasting a whopping £2,675 worth of unused food each year by storing it incorrectly, new research by Samsung has found.

While many of us have become greener since the start of lockdown, the study discovered that households are regularly throwing away pears (55%), apples (64%), oranges (66%), ready meals (46%) and fresh herbs (52%) due to improper storage solutions.

Popular condiments, such as ketchup, are also regularly wasted because people don't know where to store the bottle. While 50% of Brits keep it out of the fridge, it should always be refrigerated once opened to avoid bacteria and mould growth.

Samsung also explained that produce including carrots, eggs, pears, apples, oranges, garlic and plums should all be stored in the fridge, while onions should be left unrefrigerated to boost their lifespan.

Interestingly, too, the team advised that avocados, peaches and melons should all be stored out of the fridge before they ripen, but put into the fridge once they are ripe. While the right storage can help to keep items fresher for longer, other factors contributing to food waste include households not checking expiration dates, forgetting items in the fridge and not pre-planning meals before doing a weekly shop.

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Photo credit: okanmetin - Getty Images

The categories with the highest wastage include:

  1. Fresh herbs (52%)

  2. Ready meals (46%)

  3. Sauces/condiments (45%)

  4. Desserts (42%)

  5. Dry goods (42%)

  6. Sweets/chocolate (41%)

  7. Bread (41%)

  8. Fruit (41%)

  9. Vegetables (40%)

  10. Dairy products (38%)

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