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The Temperature is Rising

Updated: Aug 4, 2020

By Sue Stedham

As we welcome in the warm weather and enjoy the stunning views around Overton, our food has a shorter shelf-life.

Here are our top tips to make things last longer:


  • Keep your fridge temperature below 5 degrees. Anything above this can reduce the shelf life - for example milk can be reduced by 2 or 3 days.

  • Buy a fridge thermometer

  • Allow hot food to cool before you put it in the fridge, so it doesn't raise the temperature inside when it goes in.

  • Store raw meat, fish and poultry in sealed containers at the bottom of the fridge so they don’t contaminate the food below

  • Don’t overcrowd your fridge - air must be able to circulate to keep it cool.


  • Follow the instructions on the pack about freezing

  • Freeze food by the ‘use by’ date (you don't have to worry about 'best before')

  • Use cool bags to transfer frozen food from the shops to the freezer, and put your frozen shopping in as soon as possible

  • Wrap food properly - take out as much air as possible as this will help prevent ice forming or freezer burns

  • Label food with re-usable labels stating contents and date frozen

  • Store in small portions if possible, it'll freeze faster

  • Thaw in the fridge or even in the microwave

  • After thawing, use within 24 hours and cook until piping hot

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