13 kitchen hacks to keep your fridge full AND save you money

FOOD waste is bad for the environment and can also put a strain on your finances.

We reveal tried-and-true tricks to keep your fridge stocked for longer.

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We reveal proven food hacks to keep your fridge stocked longerCredit: Getty

Freeze milk for tea

NEVER manage to use up all your milk before it goes sour?

Take a regular ice cube tray and fill it with the milk you normally add to your cup of tea.

Freeze cubed milk - it can last up to six weeks

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Freeze cubed milk – it can last up to six weeksCredit: Getty

Freeze milk cubes — which can last up to six weeks — and drop them in your cup of boiling water with your tea bag each time you brew a cup.

So ! You have a perfect cup of tea and none of your milk will go to waste.

Keep the cheese fresh

WANT to avoid ending up with a block of moldable cheese in your fridge before you have a chance to eat it all?

Simply double-wrap it with parchment paper or wax paper, then place it in a Tupperware container lined with a damp kitchen towel.

Close with an airtight lid and enjoy your cheese longer.

Pickled strawberries

ENJOY delicious strawberries with the purchase of a tray by bathing them in vinegar.

Bathe strawberries in vinegar - this may help keep them fresh for up to three weeks

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Bathe strawberries in vinegar – this may help keep them fresh for up to three weeksCredit: Getty

This could help keep them fresh for up to three weeks.

Put the strawberries in a bath of water and apple cider vinegar and let sit for 15 minutes, then rinse well.

Pat them dry with a paper towel, then store them in an airtight glass jar in the fridge.

Collect salted butter

MANY of us need less salt in our diets. But did you know that salted butter will stay fresh longer than its unsalted counterpart?

Butter is high in fat but low in water, which means it’s not a good environment for bacteria to grow.

Salt reduces the water content even further, keeping it fresher for longer.

Wrap lettuce in foil

Nobody likes a limp lettuce leaf that turns brown before you get a chance to eat it.

One trick is to wrap the lettuce in foil, covering it entirely, before storing it in the refrigerator. This will keep the leaves fresh for up to a month as they trap moisture.

Alternatively, store lettuce submerged in water in an airtight container, changing the water every few days.

Spinach cooking roll

Do you sometimes buy sachets of leaves, like spinach?

Too often these leaves wilt and deteriorate before you have a chance to finish them.

Place a sheet of kitchen paper in a bag of leaves and it will help absorb moisture

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Place a sheet of kitchen paper in a bag of leaves and it will help absorb moisture

However, if you place a single sheet of kitchen paper in the bag with them, it will help absorb excess moisture, addressing one of the main reasons your leaves become inedible.

Celery for fresh bread

WE’ve all been there: Your bread isn’t good for sandwiches anymore because it’s stale.

But one trick is to place a stick of celery either in the bread bag itself or in your bread box with your loose bread.

Over time, the bread will absorb moisture from the vegetable, which will extend its shelf life.

Do not cool potatoes

There’s a reason people say you should store potatoes in a cool, dry place, not in the fridge.

If you refrigerate potatoes, their starch turns to sugar, which makes it sweeter.

If you refrigerate potatoes, their starch turns to sugar, which makes it sweeter.

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If you refrigerate potatoes, their starch turns to sugar, which makes it sweeter.Credit: Getty

Another tip is to avoid storing potatoes next to onions, which produce ethylene gas that causes the potatoes to sprout.

Storing flour in the freezer

WE all know that flour is best stored in an airtight container once opened.

Wholemeal flour holds up particularly well in the freezer.

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Wholemeal flour holds up particularly well in the freezer.Credit: Getty – Contributor

But did you know that putting flour in the freezer will extend its shelf life even further?

Wholemeal flour holds up particularly well in the freezer, as it has a higher oil content than other flours that can oxidize outside the freezer.

Wrap bananas in cling film

WE are bananas about this useful hack. Fruits such as bananas can lose their best too quickly, but wrapping the stems in cling film will help keep them fresh longer.

This prevents ethylene gas, which seeps from the ends, from reaching the rest of the banana. This slows down the ripening process.

Grow your own vegetables

YOU may not have access to a garden or an allotment, but there is an easy way to grow your own vegetables for free.

Simply take the root of your used lettuce and place it in a cup of water.

In two to three weeks it will regrow and provide you with fresh leaves. You can repeat the trick with leeks, celery and spring onions.

Keep the garlic on the counter

MOST people store garlic and onions in a cool, dry place or in their refrigerator.

Keep your garlic bulbs in an open paper bag to let them breathe

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Keep your garlic bulbs in an open paper bag to let them breatheCredit: Getty
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But it’s best to leave them on the kitchen counter in an open paper bag to let them breathe.

This will ensure they last longer while providing a fragrant smell to your kitchen.

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