Tips to keep your potatoes, onions and other pantry staples fresh for longer.

Keeping food fresh is also about having a smart storage and organisation system in the kitchen. We dish out a hearty serving of tips and great ideas for your pantry and fridge.

Seasoning: Always keep your seasonings in a warm, dry place. Leave them close to the stove so it's easier to reach when you want to season your dish. In a cold damp area, salt and sugar will clump together and solidify.

Garlic: Storing garlic in a ventilated container keeps them dry and also prevents their smell from spreading in the kitchen. 

Wesco Bread Bin from Robinsons

Bread: Store bread in a bread bin to keep insects and humidity out.

Potato and onions: Bulb and root vegetables should be kept in a dry ventilated area. Potatoes and sweet potatoes should be kept in a shaded area to prevent them from sprouting.

Biscuits and cereal: Prevent biscuits and cereal from turning soft by storing them in airtight containers.

Tip! A well-ventilated counter is key to keeping your food fresh. Dress up your counter with stylish containers to store food, so pests can't get to them.

Vitrii storage glasses from Foundry, and bamboo canister from Howards Storage World

Pasta: Use clear airtight containers to store the Italian staple for a fun way to dress up your countertop.

Herbs: Grow fresh herbs right off your table in small planters. To keep fresh herbs for longer, wrap a damp kitchen towel around the base of the stalk before storing in the fridge.

Tip! "Preserve dried herbs in olive oil. The flavours of the herbs will be transferred to the oil and the bottles look good on the countertop." - Chef Emmanuel Stroobant

Fruit: Fruit can be kept outside of the fridge for about a week, and will brighten up your countertop. Be sure to store bananas out in the open as they turn brown in the cold. Store cut fruit in the fridge with a little lemon juice on them to slow down the oxidisation process.

Rice: Always keep your rice stored in an airtight bin. Vanessa suggests keeping it under the sink: "The cool air and dark location will help keep the weevils away." You can bury some unpeeled garlic cloves in the rice as an added measure, but be sure to change them once every few days! To store cooked rice, cool it to at least 20 deg C before freezing it. Frozen rice can be stored for up to six months.

These tips are provided by cooking instructor Vanessa Frieda.

This article was first published on Home & Decor April 2014.