Love Food Hate Waste says that “New Zealand households throw away 157,389 tonnes of food a year! Which is enough food to feed the population of Dunedin for nearly three years!”
Learning to store your products correctly will help your reduce your waste and also save you money in the long run!
At Tupperware we pride ourselves in creating products that will help you preserve the longevity of your food. Our products are made to last and are known to be passed down from generation to generation.
1. Ditch the plastic wrap.
Your cheese is living and needs to breathe!
Yes, it may be easier to come home and chuck it straight in the fridge, still incased in plastic wrap, but when cheese stays too long tightly wrapped, it can actually suffocate the flavour and being that cheese is made up of a lot of oil and fats, after a few days it can take on the plastic flavour – yuck!
With hard cheeses, such as cheddar, the plastic wrap can also cause the cheese to sweat and the get all gross and slimy; this can also cause things to go off faster.
2. Use airtight/liquid tight containers.
Airtight/Liquid-tight containers like our ClearMate range create a climate-controlled environment and save your cheese from the dry airflow of your fridge. They also help you lock in the flavour and the freshness of your cheeses. With the clear base, you can easily see what’s inside, meaning you won’t need to open and close them so frequently, releasing that freshness. When it comes to your soft/fresh cheeses, these can spoil quicker if not stored properly.
If you need to keep the liquid in for cheeses such as Mozzarella, or even your Tofu – going liquid tight means you can easily transfer things over from their original packaging and rest easy, knowing nothing drippy is coming out.
3. Store your cheese away from your freezer.
Most households have a fridge/freezer in their kitchen. Freezing can cause the texture to degrade, so the best place to store cheese is as far from the freezer as possible. Keep it on a bottom shelf where the temperature is consistent but not too cold – or if you have a bottom freezer, the top shelf is your spot.
4. Separate your cheeses
Now, this is completely determined by what cheese you are consuming, but when it comes to our more potent cheeses, like your blue cheese, we recommend storing them in separate containers. As we mentioned around ditching the plastic, your cheese takes on the flavours around it, so to keep that intended flavours intact store separately.
4. Buy in smaller quantities
We know the temptation when you hit the supermarket, to get the bigger block of cheese because it’s on sale. We are all for saving a little bit of $$, but suggest you take into account how much cheese you will really use. The mistake many make is buying large but then ending up wasting food because of the inability to finish it.
If you are a large consumer of cheesy meals, and do wish to to buy in bulk, store your cheese in a larger clear mates, or in a couple of smaller squares.