Martin Isark says University students should be fridge savvy and they’ll have more money to spend on boo…

By Martin Isark
Are you’re one of the many University students that will be catering for yourself this year?  Be smart and check out the below on how to be fridge savvy – and you’ll all have more money to spend on boo… Books of course!

Don’t waste it – Fridge it tips for students and savvy shoppers 

  • Extend the shelf life of your fruit & veg. by storing them in the fridge: Leave fruit in a bowl until it is ripe, then transfer it to the fridge. Bananas should never be kept in the fridge (Why? please see Tesco Goodness  Organic bananas that’s featured below); onions don’t need to be.
  • Different shelves: Remember to keep cooked meats on a higher shelf than the one on which fresh meat or fish is stored, to ensure the fresh juices do not drip onto the cooked food.
  • Keep the tops firmly on:  Milk, fruit juices, waters, mixers and cordials.
  • Opened jars & tubes: salad cream, mayonnaise, mustard, sweet & savoury sauces, chutneys, relishes and jams all taste better and last longer when stored in the fridge.
  • Most ‘keep it the Fridge’ products have a short fridge life and some can get very smelly! Therefore opened products like cream, milk & butter may become tainted when they are stored with highly aromatic items, like well hung game, fresh fish, garlic flavoured pâtè and ripe cheese.
  • Eggs can take in smells through their shells:  Store your eggs in their cardboard egg box so that the box, rather than the eggshells, take up or repel the smell. (In France & Italy they store the eggs with a truffle in a sealed glass jar so that they can achieve a truffle flavour at minimum cost).
  • Some products soak up smells more easily than others:  Fresh coffee (ground & beans) is one of the worst for absorbing smells, so keep it out of the fridge.
  • Reduce your fridge smells: Don’t let products fester at the back of the shelf or go past their ‘best before’ dates. Use fridge odour removers like, Bicarbonate of Soda, Refrigerator Sellkiller or Fridge it. Even with odour removers you still need to wrap the smelliest of cheeses, game and fish. Wax paper and a closed container is the best option with these products.
  • Enjoy wine, beer & spirits and you have an iPhone, the Can I Eat It? UK App has over 10,000 wines, spirits and beers with helpful ‘put it in the trolley’ or ‘leave it on the shelf’  tasting notes. You won’t buy a bottle that you don’t like again. You don’t have it yet!  Download the app now.

Get the latest trolley tips by following Can I Eat It? on Twitter.

The Can I Eat It? Team are continually updating and adding more products to the App’s database, for example, 900 Sainsbury’s products were added last week.  If you have the Can I Eat It? App, you can put the products below on your iPhone by scanning or entering any of the barcodes below. You don’t have it yet? Download the app now.

Barcode: 10111093
Tesco Goodness Organic Bananas
Buyers beware! Bananas generate shedloads of ethylene gas which speeds up ripening. Keep them away from the fruit bowl and out of the fridge, if you want to extend the life of the other fruit & veg.

Not forgetting barcode: 8722700754084
Hellmann’s Tomato Ketchup
Hellmann’s is the leading brand on the mayonnaise shelves, but not on the ketchup shelves. Heinz leads the way with tomato ketchup.Tasted by Martin Isark
Competing Brand: Heinz

Not forgetting barcode: 5052449181104
ASDA Blue Stilton Cheese
One of the many Asda brands on the cheese shelves.  Pre-packed cheese on the supermarket shelf is rarely as good as one from the deli or a specialist cheese shop. Waiting to taste this Blue Stilton.

Not forgetting barcode: 25039511
ALDI Almare Smoked Mackerel Fillets
Want moist and moreish mackerel fillets? If the size and price fits – put a pack in the trolley. Tasted by Martin Isark 
Competing Brand: Princes & John West

Not forgetting barcode: 01298550
Sainsbury’s Organic Woodland Free Range Large Eggs 6
As good as the competing brands. If the price and size fits – put a box in the trolley. Tasted by Martin Isark 
Competing Brands: Wood Farm, Farm Pride, Happy Egg, Big & Fresh & Golden Lay

Not forgetting barcode: 5012818190663
English Provender Organic Spicy Onion Chutney
English Provender is one of the leading brands on the supermarket’s shelves. It is the market leader when it comes to taste. If the flavour, size and price fits – put a jar in the trolley. Tasted by Martin Isark

Not forgetting barcode: 00396165
Sainsbury’s Original Blend Filter Ground Coffee
Cheaper alternative to the leading brands. Smooth enough to be drunk without milk. If the price and style fits – put a bag in the trolley. Tasted by Martin Isark
Competing Brands: Kenco, Taylors of Harrogate, Cafédirect, Clipper & Percol

Not forgetting barcode:5010357117639
Taylors of Harrogate  Rich Italian Ground Coffee
Taylors of Harrogate  is one of the premium brands on the supermarket’s tea and coffee shelves.  The brand is a winner when it comes to rich Italian coffee. The coffee bean version just edges it for flavour. Tasted by Martin Isark

Not forgetting barcode: 786243111023
Flying Dog Doggie Style Pale Ale Flying Dog A Cult-Craft Maryland Brewery

This cult-craft American brewery pushes the  flavour boundaries for their lagers, stouts, beers and barley wines. Only buy if a seriously  flavoursome style fits – otherwise leave it on the shelf.

Not forgetting barcode: 20001148
LIDL Perlenbacher Premium Pilsner Brewed in Germany
Put a pack in the trolley. This delivers similar quality to the leading brands. Tasted by Martin Isark
Competing Brands: Holsten Pils

Not forgetting barcode: 9414008335001
Seifried Nelson Sauvignon Blanc
New Zealand sauvignon blancs are the benchmark  for delivering overt grassy, asparagus, guava and gooseberry notes threaded with ripe mouthwatering acidity. Want it? They are the best on the shelf.

Not forgetting barcode: 5052319356090
Tesco Pinot Grigio Blush
Cheap rose wines won’t impress your wine savvy mates, but they are ideal for quaffing, picnics and BBQs. You’ll need to pay seven quid plus, for a 75cl bottle, and move to the Rhone, the Provence or the Spanish shelves if you want to do that!

Not forgetting barcode: 00075701
Sainsbury’s Vodka
Want a smooth tasting vodka that’s cheaper alternative to the popular brands?  If the size and price fits – put a bottle in your trolley. Tasted by Martin Isark
Competing Brands Absolut, Smirnoff, Stolichnaya, & Finlandia

Not forgetting barcode: 01469707
Sainsbury’s Basics Vodka
Want a vodka for cocktails or drinking with a mixer? If the price and size fits – put a bottle in the trolley. Tasted by Martin Isark

Not forgetting barcode: 20091293
LIDL Putinoff Triple Distilled Vodka
Neat or with a mixer this is a top notch Vodka. If the size and price fits – put a bottle or two in the trolley.  Tasted by Martin Isark
Competing Brands: 42 Below, Grey Goose & Smirnoff

Not forgetting barcode: 5010677716000
Bombay Sapphire Gin
Bombay Sapphire is one of the leading brands found on the supermarket’s shelves. The flavour from botanicals is less pronounced when compared to Beefeater and Gordon’s. The best value is from larger size bottles. Tasted by Martin Isark
Competing Brands: Beefeater, Plymouth & Gordon’s

Not forgetting barcode: 5000462368729
Tesco Everyday Value Gin
Not for sipping neat, but want a gin for cocktails or a G&T? If the price and size fits – put a bottle in the trolley.  Competing Brands: Bombay Sapphire, Tasted by Martin Isark
Gordon’s, Beefeater & Plymouth

Not forgetting barcode: 5013967007048
ASDA Smartprice Scotch Whisky
A notch down in taste quality from the leading brands, but you’ll hardly notice the difference – if you drink it with a mixer. If the size and price fits – put a bottle in the trolley.  Tasted by Martin Isark
Competing Brands: Famous Grouse, Bell’s, Teacher’s & Grant’s

Not forgetting barcode: 5010494195286
Ardbeg 10 Year Old  Single Malt Whisky Islay Scotland
This Ardbeg delivers pungent peaty notes with a real salty medicinal lick. A must try if you relish the taste of smoky malt whiskies. Tasted by Martin Isark
Competing Islay Brands: Bowmore, Laphroaig, Lagavulin, Caol Ila & Bruichladdich

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