“Which fruits do I keep in the refrigerator, and which ones on the counter? How can I make my bread last longer?”

How you store food matters. You can make your food last longer by storing it in optimal conditions and organizing your fridge and pantry. Another essential benefit is that correct food storage helps to prevent food-borne illnesses.

Reduce food waste with these tips (more at www.icgov.org/lovefood):

  • Produce: Apples, tomatoes, citrus fruits, and bananas should be kept separate from other produce to prevent speedy ripening.
  • Milk: Don’t place milk in your fridge door, as the frequent temperature fluctuation from opening the fridge can make the milk go bad faster.
  • Bread: Freeze bread that you will not use right away.
  • Organize food to help you keep track of food that needs to be eaten soon. Use this “Eat Me First” sign to dedicate a section in your fridge for food that is about to go bad and needs to be eaten first.
  • These tips were provided by Eureka Recycling’s A-Z Food Storage Tips and Stop Food Waste’s Fruit & Veggie Storage Guide.

Why are we talking about food waste?

When food is wasted, it wastes all the resources that went into growing, manufacturing, distributing, and transporting that food, too. On a local level, landfilled food waste produces methane, which contributes to climate change. One of the best things each of us can do to take climate action is reduce food waste.

Love Food, Fight Waste is a collaboration between Table to Table and the City of Iowa City.

Questions? Reach out to Jane Wilch, City of Iowa City Recycling Coordinator, at 319-887-6110 or jane-wilch@iowa-city.org, or Nicki Ross, Table to Table Executive Director, at 319-337-3400 or nicki@table2table.org.

Date of publication

Tuesday, August 02, 2022