How to store dry foods

Dry foods such as pasta and rice are brilliant store cupboard foods that allow you to create a multitude

of fantastic, tasty meals quickly and easily. If they’re stored correctly they can last an incredibly long

time. However, incorrect storage can result in your dry foods spoiling prematurely. We’ve put together

this short guide to help you store dry foods safely and efficiently:

• Use an airtight container: The moisture in the air can impair the quality of your dried foods

in storage. Bacteria and mould thrive in moist, warm conditions and are the enemies of food.

Using an airtight container will help to keep moist air away from dried foods, thus improving

their shelf life.

• Store in a cool place: As mentioned above, heat and moisture can cause bacteria and mould

to grow on your dry food so it’s important to store it in a cool place so as to eliminate the heat

element. Kitchen cupboards should keep your food cool enough, but try to avoid storing your

dried foods in a cupboard close to your hob or oven as the heat could radiate out and warm the

air in the cupboard.

• Store in a dark place: Sunlight can cause dried foods to deteriorate in quality and colour so it’s

important to store them somewhere dark such as a cupboard or larder. Of course, as per the

points above, ensure that the dark storage area is also cool and dry too.

• Rotate your food: Dried food stored in a cool, dry, dark place will keep well for up to a year or

more in most cases but it is best eaten within that. Make sure you label and rotate your dried

food to ensure that you are eating it whilst it is at its best.

• Beware of pests: If you are storing large packs of dried foods ensure that they are at least

6 inches off the floor and not pressed up against walls. This will protect them from the

condensation that can run down walls, and elevating them off the floor will offer some

protection from pests and vermin that could try helping themselves to your food supply.