opened tinned food

How to Store Tinned Food

02 Mar 23

One thing to remember when using tinned food is that storage is important. When you open a can of food and you're not going to use all the food straight away, empty the leftovers into a bowl, or another container, and put it in the fridge. 

Is it safe to leave leftovers in the can?

It's important to be aware of the risks associated with storing food in an opened tin can. The tin from the can will transfer to the can's contents when the food is exposed to the air. It's best to avoid re-using empty cans to cook and store food to ensure your food is safe and free of harmful chemicals. 

A person putting well stored food into a fridge

How to make your tinned leftovers last longer

  1. Store leftovers in reusable, airtight containers to keep food fresh.

  2. Keep the liquid from the can to help preserve the taste and moisture of your food. 

  3. Store food at lower temperatures in the back of the fridge.

  4. Eat leftovers within 2 days. 

How to store your favourite leftover tinned foods

Get creative with your leftovers to help them last longer.

Canned coconut milk does not last long once opened. Try freezing your leftover milk in an ice cube tray and popping them out when frozen to add to your next meal. 

Tinned beans are a kitchen staple. Store leftovers in a freezer friendly container, add fresh water and freeze until your next meal.

Tinned soup is another household favourite. Keep your leftover soup in an airtight container and store it in the fridge for up to 2 days.

Tin can cupboard storage tips

One of the perks of tinned food is that it can be stored in your kitchen cupboard and save that ever-so-precious fridge space for other fridge-loving ingredients. Store in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight to make the most of tin's long shelf-life. 

Try these clever storage tips to maximise your cupboard space when storing tinned food

Stackable can rack organisers
Can dispensers
Shelf step organisers
Over the door rack

A well stocked and organised pantry