How to store: Fridge

The fridge is a great place to store prepared dishes and defrost frozen ones, so let's make sure you're putting it to good use!

How long can I store meals?

How much should I store?

Defrost and store for later

Check your fridge temperature

How long can I store my meals?

The life expectancy of each food varies. Just to be safe, we suggest you only store prepared food for three days (72 hours). Some specifics are:

To help prevent contamination and the growth of harmful food-poisoning bacteria, make sure your dishes are packaged and cooled as quickly as possible and always keep food covered in the fridge.

How much should I store in my fridge?

While in theory it's OK to store enough meals in your fridge for four days, we recommend you limit yourself to three day's worth to prevent wastage. That way if something comes up and you don't get around to eating one meal you can have it the next day for lunch or dinner.

Defrost and store for later

A slow defrost in the fridge overnight will always give you the best result on reheating. While it sounds like you need to be super organised to do this, it simply isn't true. Because meals last up to three days in the fridge, once you pop one in the fridge to defrost you have up to three days to eat it, so you need never be caught short.

This three days is a total time, so if you stored it overnight in your fridge before freezing, just deduct that 12 hours from the time left after defrosting – you now have 2½ days to eat up your dish.

Check your fridge temperature

To work effectively your fridge temperature should be between 0°C and 5°C. It is a good idea to check the temperature regularly, particularly if you feel your food is not lasting as long as it should.

Correct positioning of food items in your fridge will also help extend the life of your food - refer to your fridge manual for details.