Here are some expert tips from Malathi Balaraman, business leader of Ikea kitchens and dining, on how to store food, and cut down on waste.

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Choosing the right food storage containers

  • See-through containers make it easy to see what’s inside, how much is left in it and when it is time to fill up. This prevents buying too much food that cannot be consumed before the expiration date.
  • Storing food properly, using tight lids, makes the food last longer. Food containers with removable grids keep fruits and vegetables fresh and crispy.
  • Use microwavable containers for convenience of food heating.

Best practices when storing food

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  • Freeze food in serving sizes. Airtight bags like our Fornybar freezer bags (above; from $1.50/50pcs) make it easy to find what you’re looking for and are easy to mark with a use-by date. It is suitable for all types of foods, including vegetables, bread and dinner leftovers.
  • Use plastic bags — such as Istad plastic bags (below; from $2.90/60pcs) — that come in different sizes.

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  • Store dry ingredients in glass and plastic containers which can be stacked, to help keep things organised in the fridge.

Fortrolig food containers, from $3.90 (Photo: Ikea)

  • Not all fruits are suitable to be in the fridge. For example, avocados, bananas, pears and tomatoes should be kept out of the fridge.