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How to properly store avocados and slow down browning

If you don’t plan on eating them right away, place ripe avocados in the fridge to extend their shelf life. Prevent opened avocados from browning by spritzing with acid and covering tightly in plastic wrap. You can freeze avocados, but need to work quickly to reduce oxidation. Visit Insider’s homepage […]
How to properly store avocados and slow down browning
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How to store cake so the last piece stays as good as the first

When storing cake, it’s essential to keep it covered so the exterior doesn’t dry out. Cakes with fruit and dairy – including cheesecakes and mousse cakes – always need to be refrigerated. For long-term storage, double wrap the slices or layers and pop them into the freezer. Visit Insider’s homepage […]
How to store cake so the last piece stays as good as the first
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16 storage mistakes that could be ruining your favourite snacks

Insider asked chefs and food-storage experts to explain the proper ways to store your favourite household snacks. They advised tightly sealing your packages for snacks like pretzels and beef jerky. Avoid keeping foods like nuts, chocolate, and granola bars near sources of light and heat. Visit Insider’s homepage for more […]
16 storage mistakes that could be ruining your favourite snacks
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20 ways you’re probably shortening the lifespan of common foods

Insider asked chefs, food-safety experts, nutritionists, and dietitians to share their best tips for making food last longer. They said storing all of your fruit together in a basket can cause it to spoil faster. Avoid placing tomatoes and bread in the fridge. The experts also shared the importance of […]
20 ways you’re probably shortening the lifespan of common foods
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12 easy ways to make your takeout leftovers last longer

When it comes to getting takeout, it’s pretty common to be left with some leftovers after the meal. There are quite a few ways to make the food last longer, including refrigerating leftovers immediately, freezing your food, and storing your takeout correctly. You should also be thoughtful about what you’re […]
12 easy ways to make your takeout leftovers last longer
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11 common mistakes that are ruining your salad greens

Salad greens, like lettuce and kale, can easily go bad if you don’t properly care for them. You should avoid buying any bunches or packages that contain leaves that are turning yellow or beginning to wilt, as they won’t taste as fresh. It’s important to wash and completely dry your […]
11 common mistakes that are ruining your salad greens
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11 common mistakes that are ruining your cheeses

There are a lot of ways you could be ruining the flavour and quality of your cheese just by storing it improperly. Wrapping cheese in plastic wrap or foil can ruin its flavours. Semi-soft and hard cheeses shouldn’t be locked in air-tight containers. Cheese shouldn’t be kept in the freezer […]
11 common mistakes that are ruining your cheeses
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Chefs share 10 of the most freezer-friendly foods

Freezing foods can be a great way to save time and money, but not everything will taste as good once it’s been thawed. Things like bread, sauces, cakes, and meatballs tend to freeze well and keep their flavour. You can make things like chicken pot pie and curry ahead of […]
Chefs share 10 of the most freezer-friendly foods
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13 foods you don’t have to refrigerate

You may think most things have to be refrigerated but many actually don’t. Tomatoes should be kept out. Don’t put avocados in the fridge. When it comes to groceries, most of us probably assume the fridge is the best place to store items we want to keep fresh. However, there […]
13 foods you don’t have to refrigerate
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4 myths about defrosting food and what you should do instead

Never leave any food – frozen or otherwise – at room temperature for more than two hours, according to the USDA. Thawing in your refrigerator is the safest way to go – but it’s also the slowest. You can speed up your refrigerator thaw time by putting your frozen food […]
4 myths about defrosting food and what you should do instead
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14 foods that can last longer than you think

Some foods can last a long time, possibly even past their expiration date, if they’re stored properly. Apples and dried fruit will last longer if you store them in the fridge. Dried pasta, legumes, grains, and flour can last a long time if they’re stored in cool, dry conditions. Things […]
14 foods that can last longer than you think
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What people keep in their refrigerators in 20 countries around the world

Admiral Home Insurance asked 20 people from 20 countries to photograph their fridges and reveal more about what’s inside. Some fridges are organised, while others describe theirs as “controlled chaos.” People’s favourite treats include fruit, dulce de leche, jalapeños, and almond butter. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. The kitchen […]
What people keep in their refrigerators in 20 countries around the world
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Here’s how long food can be left out at room temperature

The FDA recommends that all perishables left at room temperature for more than two hours be discarded. Bacteria grow most rapidly between 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4.4 degrees Celsius) and 140 degrees Fahrenheit (60 degrees Celsius), doubling in amount every 20 minutes. Many bacteria produce heat-resistant toxins that cannot be destroyed […]
Here’s how long food can be left out at room temperature
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15 foods you can eat past their expiration dates

Oftentimes expiration dates are a guideline and not a strict rule, usually referencing the quality rather than the actual safety of the food. Although it is still important to check the packaging, there are quite a few foods where the date has no significance. Dry, boxed pasta can last for […]
15 foods you can eat past their expiration dates
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9 easy ways keep your food safe when your power goes out

Power outages can sometimes last for a while, so it’s important to know a few tips for keeping your food safe to eat in the fridge and freezer. Keeping a thermometer in your fridge and freezer will help to track when your food will start to spoil. Tightly stocking your […]
9 easy ways keep your food safe when your power goes out