Food storage tips

Storing your food properly can make it last much longer to help you save money and reduce waste. Does your favorite food go in the fridge or on the counter? Do you store it airtight or loosely? Eureka Recycling has gathered these tips below with the help of our community to help you know what to do!

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  • Download the printable version of our A-Z Food Storage Tips (PDF, 632 KB) with the full list of foods and tips.
  • Download our Food Storage Tips--Quick Reference (PDF, 307 KB) to post on your fridge
  • Food storage without plastic
    We are learning more and more about the toxicity of plastic and the dangers of storing and heating food in it. There are alternatives that are safer for you and the environment! To learn more, visit our plastics information page.

    Acorn Squash 1 TIPS Green Onions (or Scallions) 3 TIPS
    Apples 4 TIPS Ham 5 TIPS
    Apricots 3 TIPS Herbs 2 TIPS
    Artichokes 1 TIPS Kale 3 TIPS
    Arugula 2 TIPS Leeks 1 TIPS
    Asparagus 1 TIPS Lemons 4 TIPS
    Avocados 3 TIPS Lettuce 2 TIPS
    Bacon 5 TIPS Limes 4 TIPS
    Bananas 2 TIPS Melons 3 TIPS
    Basil 1 TIPS Milk 2 TIPS
    Beans - cooked/canned 2 TIPS Mizuna 2 TIPS
    Beans - Dry 1 TIPS Mushrooms 2 TIPS
    Beans - Green 2 TIPS Mustard greens 3 TIPS
    Beef 5 TIPS Nectarines 3 TIPS
    Beet Greens 3 TIPS Nuts 3 TIPS
    Beets 3 TIPS Oils 2 TIPS
    Berries 3 TIPS Okra 1 TIPS
    Bitter Melon 2 TIPS Onions 4 TIPS
    Blueberries 3 TIPS Oranges 3 TIPS
    Bok Choy 3 TIPS Parsnips 2 TIPS
    Bread & Breadcrumbs 4 TIPS Pasta 2 TIPS
    Broccoli 3 TIPS Patty-pan Squash 1 TIPS
    Broccoli raab 3 TIPS Peaches 3 TIPS
    Brown Sugar 2 TIPS Pears 3 TIPS
    Brussels sprouts 2 TIPS Peas 2 TIPS
    Butter 2 TIPS Peppers: Hot, Sweet, Bell 3 TIPS
    Butternut Squash 1 TIPS Persimmon 2 TIPS
    Cabbage 2 TIPS Plums 3 TIPS
    Cantaloupe 3 TIPS Pomegranate 1 TIPS
    Carrots 3 TIPS Pork 5 TIPS
    Cauliflower 1 TIPS Potatoes 5 TIPS
    Celery 2 TIPS Pumpkins 1 TIPS
    Celery root/Celeriac 2 TIPS Radicchio 2 TIPS
    Cereal 3 TIPS Radish Greens 3 TIPS
    Cheese 3 TIPS Radishes 2 TIPS
    Cherries 3 TIPS Rhubarb 1 TIPS
    Chicken 5 TIPS Rice 2 TIPS
    Citrus 4 TIPS Root Vegetable 2 TIPS
    Clementine 4 TIPS Rutabagas 2 TIPS
    Coconut Milk 1 TIPS Salad Greens 2 TIPS
    Collards 3 TIPS Sorrel 2 TIPS
    Cooking Greens 4 TIPS Spinach 5 TIPS
    Corn 2 TIPS Squash 1 TIPS
    Corn mache 2 TIPS Stone Fruit (Pitted) 3 TIPS
    Cream 2 TIPS Strawberries 3 TIPS
    Cucumbers 2 TIPS Summer Squash 1 TIPS
    Dandelion greens 3 TIPS Sweet Potatoes 1 TIPS
    Dates 2 TIPS Swiss chard 3 TIPS
    Eggplant 3 TIPS Tat soi 3 TIPS
    Eggs 3 TIPS Tomatoes 4 TIPS
    Endive 2 TIPS Turkey 4 TIPS
    Fennel 1 TIPS Turnip greens 3 TIPS
    Figs 1 TIPS Turnips 2 TIPS
    Fish 5 TIPS Watermelon 3 TIPS
    Flours 2 TIPS Winter Squash 1 TIPS
    Garlic 2 TIPS Yellow Squash 1 TIPS
    Grapefruit 4 TIPS Zucchini 2 TIPS
    Grapes 2 TIPS