1. Store canned, dried and packaged foods in the cool, dry and dark cupboards, away from direct sources of heat as food can deteriorate if expose to hot, moist air or too much light.
  2. Store similar items together so you don't have to rummage around. Make a point of putting new cans and packets towards the back, so you use the older ingredients first.
  3. If you are not using a whole packet of dry food in one go, tip the rest into an air tight jar. Tear the use-by date from the packet and put into the top of the jar as a reminder. When you get to the bottom of the jar, wash and dry it thoroughly before you refill it.
  4. Even though dried and packet foods tend to have long use-by dates, once you have opened them, it is best to use the rest quickly otherwise they can attract pests. For instance, flour, pulses and grains are a magnet to attract weevils and pantry moths. The only way to get rid of these unwanted visitors is to throw everything out, wash your cupboards down and replace all food.